Rick Helling Stats

Rick Helling was born on Tuesday, December 15, 1970, in Devils Lake, North Dakota. Helling was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 10, 1994, with the Texas Rangers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Rick Helling baseball stats page.

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"I had some ability, but I didn't have tremendous ability. But what I had was durability and accountability. That's what I believed in. I took pride in taking the ball every fifth day. The most important thing to me was my teammates knew I was going to be out there every fifth day. Some nights were better than others, but every fifth day, I would try to find a way to battle and hopefully find a way to win. It was always about winning or losing. I didn't care about my ERA, and I know I won a lot more than I lost. I'm very proud of that." - Rick Helling (T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com, 'Helling remembered for showing heart with Rangers', Source )

Rick Helling

Rick Helling Autograph on a 1992 Upper Deck Baseball Card (#13)

Rick Helling Autograph on a 1992 Upper Deck Baseball Card (#13)

Birth Name:
Ricky Allen Helling
Nickname:
Rick
Born On:
12-15-1970  (Sagittarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Devils Lake, North Dakota
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Shanley High School (Fargo, ND)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
255
First Game:
04-10-1994 (Age 23)
Last Game:
09-09-2006
Draft:
1992 : 1st Round (22nd) / Signing Bonus = $396,000

Rick Helling

Rick Helling Pitching Stats

1994 24 Rangers 9 9 0 3 2 .600 5.88 1 1 0 52.0 228 62 34 34 14 18 0 25 4 0 1 -
1995 25 Rangers 3 3 0 0 2 .000 6.57 0 0 0 12.1 62 17 9 11 2 8 0 5 0 2 0 -
1996 26 Rangers 6 2 2 1 2 .333 7.52 0 0 0 20.1 92 23 17 17 7 9 0 16 1 0 0 -
1996 26 Marlins 5 4 0 2 1 .667 1.95 0 0 0 27.2 106 14 6 6 2 7 0 26 0 0 1 -
1997 27 Marlins 31 8 8 2 6 .250 4.38 0 0 0 76.0 324 61 37 38 12 48 2 53 0 4 0 -
1997 27 Rangers 10 8 1 3 3 .500 4.58 0 0 0 55.0 226 47 28 29 5 21 0 46 3 2 0 -
1998 28 Rangers 33 33 0 20 7 .741 4.41 4 2 0 216.1 922 209 106 109 27 78 6 164 10 1 0 -
1999 29 Rangers 35 35 0 13 11 .542 4.84 3 0 0 219.1 943 228 118 127 41 85 5 131 8 6 0 0
2000 30 Rangers 35 35 0 16 13 .552 4.48 0 0 0 217.0 963 212 108 122 29 99 2 146 2 9 0 0
2001 31 Rangers 34 34 0 12 11 .522 5.17 2 1 0 215.2 941 256 124 134 38 63 2 154 6 4 0 0
2002 32 Diamondbacks 30 30 0 10 12 .455 4.51 0 0 0 175.2 751 180 88 94 31 48 6 120 7 6 1 0
2003 33 Orioles 24 24 0 7 8 .467 5.71 0 0 0 138.2 603 156 88 90 30 40 0 86 4 12 1 0
2003 33 Marlins 11 0 5 1 0 1.000 0.55 0 0 0 16.1 62 11 1 1 1 5 0 12 1 0 0 1
2005 35 Brewers 15 7 2 3 1 .750 2.39 0 0 0 49.0 199 39 13 13 2 18 1 42 1 2 0 2
2006 36 Brewers 20 2 4 0 2 .000 4.11 0 0 0 35.0 142 25 16 17 6 15 0 32 1 0 0 2
12 Years 301 234 22 93 81 .534 4.68 10 4 0 1,526.1 6,564 1,540 793 842 247 562 24 1,058 48 48 4 5

Rick Helling

Rick Helling Hitting Stats

1994 24 Rangers 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1995 25 Rangers 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1996 26 Rangers 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1996 26 Marlins 5 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .111 .111 .111
1997 27 Marlins 31 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 .091 .091 .091
1997 27 Rangers 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1998 28 Rangers 33 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200
1999 29 Rangers 35 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2000 30 Rangers 35 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2001 31 Rangers 34 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2002 32 Diamondbacks 30 46 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 8 0 16 6 0 1 1 .043 .200 .043
2003 33 Orioles 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2003 33 Marlins 11 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000
2005 35 Brewers 15 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
2006 36 Brewers 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
12 Years 299 104 4 6 1 0 0 0 1 8 0 43 9 0 1 2 .058 .133 .067

Rick Helling

Rick Helling Fielding Stats

1994 Rangers P 9 9 156 5 0.6 5 2 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.87
1995 Rangers P 3 3 37 1 0.3 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.73
1996 Rangers P 6 2 61 3 0.5 3 2 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.33
1996 Marlins P 5 4 83 2 0.4 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.65
1997 Marlins P 31 8 228 9 0.3 8 0 8 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .889 0.95
1997 Rangers P 10 8 165 2 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.33
1998 Rangers P 33 33 649 21 0.6 20 8 12 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .952 0.83
1999 Rangers P 35 35 658 31 0.9 28 4 24 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .903 1.15
2000 Rangers P 35 35 651 26 0.7 25 8 17 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.04
2001 Rangers P 34 34 647 32 0.9 31 15 16 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .969 1.29
2002 Diamondbacks P 30 30 527 22 0.7 21 4 17 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .955 1.08
2003 Orioles P 24 24 416 19 0.8 16 4 12 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .842 1.04
2003 Marlins P 11 0 49 3 0.3 3 1 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.65
2005 Brewers P 15 7 147 7 0.5 7 4 3 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.29
2006 Brewers P 20 2 105 2 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.51
P Totals 301 234 4,579 185 0.6 174 54 120 11 5 n/a n/a n/a .941 1.03
12 Years 301 234 4,579 185 0.6 174 54 120 11 5 n/a n/a n/a .941 1.03

Rick Helling

Rick Helling Miscellaneous Stats

1994 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.39 4.33 3.12
1995 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.63 3.65 5.84
1996 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.78 7.08 3.98
1996 Marlins 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.0 0.0 3.71 8.46 2.28
1997 Marlins 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 2.2 0.0 1.10 6.28 5.68
1997 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.19 7.53 3.44
1998 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 2.5 0.0 2.10 6.82 3.24
1999 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.54 5.38 3.49
2000 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 2.5 0.0 1.47 6.06 4.11
2001 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 4.0 0.0 2.44 6.43 2.63
2002 Diamondbacks 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 2.9 46.0 2.50 6.15 2.46
2003 Orioles 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 1.0 0.0 2.15 5.58 2.60
2003 Marlins 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.40 6.61 2.76
2005 Brewers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 1.4 0.0 2.33 7.71 3.31
2006 Brewers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 1.5 0.0 2.13 8.23 3.86
12 Years 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 2.4 104.0 1.88 6.24 3.31

Rick Helling

Rick Helling Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1994 Texas Rangers 32 $109,000.00 - n/a
1995 Texas Rangers 32 $113,200.00 - -
1996 Texas Rangers 32 $129,500.00 - -
1996 Florida Marlins 33 "     " - -
1997 Florida Marlins 33 $165,000.00 - -
1997 Texas Rangers 32 "     " - -
1998 Texas Rangers 32 $216,500.00 - -
1999 Texas Rangers 32 $2,250,000.00 - -
2000 Texas Rangers 32 $3,750,000.00 - -
2001 Texas Rangers 32 $4,500,000.00 - -
2002 Arizona Diamondbacks 32 $3,000,000.00 - -
2003 Baltimore Orioles 35 $1,000,000.00 - -
2003 Florida Marlins 38 "     " - Stats
2005 Milwaukee Brewers 30 $900,000.00 - -
2006 Milwaukee Brewers 30 $850,000.00 - -
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In 1998 , Rick Helling joined the Twenty Wins Club , finishing the season tied with Roger Clemens and David Cone in the American League, all three winning exactly 20 games that year ( Top 25 ). Helling was the third Texas Rangers pitcher to win 20-or-more games in a season, joining Fergie Jenkins (25 wins in 1974 ) and Kevin Brown (21 wins in 1992 ). No pitcher since Helling has put together a twenty-win season in Texas .

Several years before Jose Canseco published Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big , Rick Helling "stood up at the winter meeting of the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Players Association and made an announcement. He told his fellow union leaders that steroid use by ballplayers had grown rampant and was corrupting the game. 'There is this problem with steroids,' Helling told them. 'It's happening. It's real. And it's so prevalent that guys who aren't doing it are feeling pressure to do it because they're falling behind. It's not a level playing field. We've got to figure out a way to address it.'" The blistering article in Time Magazine went on to say:

"It's a bigger deal than people think. It's noticeable enough that it's creating an uneven playing field. What really bothers me is that it's gotten so out of hand that guys are feeling pressure to do it. It's one thing to be a cheater, to be somebody who doesn't care whether it's right or wrong. But it's another thing when other guys feel like they have to do it just to keep up. And that's what's happening. And I don't feel like this is the right way to go."

What Helling had just done was the equivalent of turning up all the lights, clicking off the music and announcing the party was over. "He was the first guy," David Cone said, "who had the guts to stand up at a union meeting and say that in front of everybody and put pressure on it."

There was only one way for baseball to react to this kind of whistleblowing: Crank the music back up and keep the party rolling.

The union was having too much fun and making too much money to pay much attention to Helling's warning. It was far easier and financially prudent to ignore the issue, to assume that Helling was an alarmist prone to exaggerating, and to make sure everyone involved knew as little as possible about players injecting hard-core steroids into their asses. Don't ask, don't tell and don't care was the unwritten code of the day.

"What really bothered me was there were plenty of good guys, good people, who were feeling the pressure to cheat because it had become so prevalent," Helling said. "I firmly believed at the time that it was an unlevel playing field. I was trying to find a way to do something about it. Make it as fair of a game as possible. Play it the right way.

"When you see guys coming into spring training camp 30 pounds heavier than they ended the previous season, or they had gained four or fives miles an hour on their fastball, I mean, those things are not normal. My whole career was played in the peak of the steroids era. I saw guys throwing 87 miles an hour one year and 95 the next. Unfortunately, a lot of people, the press, the owners, the players, they turned the other cheek. I was like, 'Are you serious? Can't you see what's going on? Are you seriously going to let these guys get away with it?'

"Unfortunately, it turned out just the way I thought it would. It blew up in our face."

The union's executive board paid little attention to Helling. The owners were of a similar mindset. In fact, within a matter of days of Helling sounding an alarm that went unheeded, baseball provided official proof that steroids were not considered an urgent problem. At those same 1998 winter baseball meetings in Nashville, baseball's two medical directors, Dr. Robert Millman, who was appointed by the owners, and Dr. Joel Solomon, the designee of the players, delivered a presentation to baseball executives and physicians about the benefits of using testosterone. Angels general manager Bill Stoneman was so surprised at the tone of the presentation—basically, the message he heard was that no evidence exists that steroids were harmful—that he wondered why Major League Baseball even had allowed it.

Source of Excerpt: Time Magazine. The Man Who Warned Baseball About Steroids. Joe Torre and Tom Verducci. February 23, 2009. Full Article .

What do Luis Castillo (2B), Jeff Conine (1B), Rick Helling (RHP) have in common? They are the only three players (Helling being the only pitcher) to appear on both rosters ( 1997 & 2003 ) for the Florida Marlins when they won the 1997 World Series and the 2003 World Series .

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