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A photo of Rick Helling.

Ricky Allen Helling (born December 15, 1970, in Devils Lake, North Dakota) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball.

High School Years

Helling attended Lakota High School in Lakota, North Dakota for three years, before graduating from Shanley High School in Shanley, North Dakota. He was a letterman in football, basketball and baseball. In football, he was a three-time All-Conference honoree.

Pro career

Rick had his best season by far in 1998 going 20-7 tying for the American League lead with David Cone and Roger Clemens.

Helling was a member of the Florida Marlins team that won the 2003 World Series. During the 2003 post season he went 4-0 as a relief pitcher despite allowing 7 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings.

After coming off of the disabled list, Manager Ned Yost reassigned Helling to the bullpen until his arm is fully healed.

On June 20, 2006, Helling struck out three batters on nine pitches — Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco and Ivan Rodriguez — in the first inning of a 10-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Helling became the 28th National League pitcher and the 37th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning.

On February 5, 2007 he announced his retirement to spend more time with his family.[1]

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