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Ricky Allen Helling

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[edit] Biographical Information

[edit] One-time 20-game winner

Rick Helling is one of only three Texas Rangers to win 20 games in a season - the others are Ferguson Jenkins and Kevin Brown. He announced his retirement from baseball on February 6, 2007.

Helling was a Texas first round draft pick in the 1992 amateur draft, and was traded to the Florida Marlins for John Burkett during their initial A.L. West title-winning season in 1996. A year later, the Rangers re-acquired Helling for Ed Vosberg. Rick went 20-7 with a 4.41 ERA for the Rangers in 1998 and was a leader on the team which won its second divisional title. Texas won it again in 1999. Helling was 13-11 with a 4.84 ERA that season. During the next two years he won 28 games, then became a free agent. He pitched for the 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks, winning 10 games as that team also won a division title. In 2003, he was with the Baltimore Orioles, but they released him in August. Signing with Florida, he was 1-0 with a 0.55 ERA in 11 relief outings and made 4 appearances in the playoffs. The Marlins won the World Series that year, with Helling's former Rangers' teammate, Ivan Rodriguez also on the team. A later stop for Rick was with the Milwaukee Brewers and he ended his career with 93 wins, 81 losses and a 4.68 ERA.

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On August 13, 1996, Helling threw a perfect game for the Rangers AAA team, right before being traded to Florida, but the trade had been agreed upon prior to the feat. In 2004, while in AAA, Helling's left arm was impaled by a piece of a broken bat.

He is on the Texas Rangers top 10 list of all-time pitchers in wins, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts. With Texas, he won 68 games and lost 51. Helling competed for the United States at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL Wins Leader (1998)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1998 & 2000)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1998)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1998-2001)
  • Won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003

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Sources include: article written by: T.R. Sullivan.

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