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.
"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 Autograph on a 1992 Upper Deck Baseball Card (#13)
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Rick Helling Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|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 .