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Rick Helling is another of North Dakota's own.  He is currently a starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Rick has also played for the Texas Rangers and the Florida Marlins.  In 1998, Rick was one of a few 20-game winners in the Major Leagues. Go Rick!

About Rick:

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 220

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Birthday: 12/15/70

Birth Place: Devil's Lake, ND

Jersey Number: 32

1998 Season
Established career-highs for wins, starts, innings, strikeouts, complete games and shutouts...tied Roger Clemens, David Cone and Tom Glavine for the major league lead in wins (20)...tied for fourth in the AL in winning percentage (.741) and tied for fifth in complete games (2)...became the third 20-game winner in Rangers history...became the 12th player in major league history to win 20 or more games with an ERA above 4.00...tied a club record by finishing 13 games above .500...only the fifth pitcher in Rangers history to finish 10 or more games above .500...was 6-0 with a 2.93 ERA to start the season, the first Texas pitcher to ever win his first six starts...lost consecutive decisions just once...Rangers were 25-8 in his 33 starts.

1997 Season
Began season with Florida ... posted 2.37 ERA in 38 relief innings for Marlins ... traded to Texas Aug. 12, 1997 ... combined with John Wetteland on a one-hit shutout, August 18 ... struck out 12 hitters against Toronto, September 4 ... held hitters to .233 average overall.

Career Highlights
American Association Pitcher of the Year for Oklahoma City in 1996, going 12-4, 2.96, with 157 strikeouts ... traded from Texas to Florida on September 3, 1996 ... posted 1.95 ERA for Marlins ... split 1995 and 1994 seasons between Texas and Oklahoma City ... had 3.29 ERA in his first six Major League starts, 1994 ... led Texas League with 188 strikeouts, 1993, and pitched in Texas League All- Star Game ... posted 2.29 ERA in three starts for Class A Charlotte in 1992 ... Ricky Allen Helling was drafted by the Rangers in the first round in 1992 ... attended Stanford University.

This page last updated on 01/27/02 by Landon E. Brinkman.