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Hellickson Falters In The Sixth, Rays Lose 10-1  tags: Tampa, Rays, Hellickson, meditation, affirmations, Joe Maddon

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June 14, 2013
By Don White

I could see it on his face as I watched the Rays game last night on television from my office in Orlando.

Manager Joe Maddon is worried about his pitcher who was “Rookie of The Year” three years ago. Has he lost it? How can we “rehabilitate” or help him?

My first piece of advice for you, Joe, is don’t let the front office send him down for rehab or reassignment. That would be stupid. He belongs on the Rays. He’s got so much upside that, unless it was to rehab an injury, you would be doing him insult and yourself a disservice to send him to the  triple A farm team Durham Bulls. 

Visualize Success, Jeremy

The only piece of advice Yankee Wizard has for young Jeremy Helecksen is to start visualizing. 

Visualize the fun and excitement you had that first rookie season. Then actualize it on the mound each time you pitch. Remember, I said fun and excitement, I didn’t say wins and losses. Keep your mind off anything negative. You are a great pitcher. Say that over and over to yourself and actualize it. 

And I don’t mean go through this sometimes silent routine once. Do it all the time. In the shower, while shaving, dressing, eating, driving to the ball park. In the pen, on the mound. But don’t let it destroy your concentration while pitching. After a while, you can put the visualizations and affirmations on auto pilot. That’s the way it should be. 

At home before going to bed repeat some positive affirmations and visualize the great moments of when you pitched…

Visualize your success, and when in the top of the fifth or sixth in the next game it will sustain your momentum and help you get through the entire game relatively unscathed.

Visualize the intensity with which you threw that first year that netted you  victories and a lot of strikeouts.

If you, jeremy, can replicate that feeling you had in your best season and tell yourself, that’s me, that’s the new “2013 me,” you will be halfway home to creating another winning season. 

Stop taking those stupid pills that are meant to calm you down before a game. (I have no idea whatsoever whether you take calming pills, but I hope not.) I want you to get excited. You’ll pitch with passion, and with greater command. You’ll lose yourself on the mound. 

Don’t press or think, “I’ve got to place this ball on the inside corner.” While in a game, just let your subconscious mind take over. That way you’ll avoid aiming the ball and your command will be far better.  

In your rookie year, you didn’t have any worries except to excel. You don’t have any now, either, except to do your best. 


Hellickson is a calm-manered man, self assured with plenty of reason to be so. He doesn’t want to lose that feeling, but to add some excitement and anticipation of going 9 full innings and pitching flawless, winning baseball the entire game every outing.

Do you think Justin Verlander can just throw his glove on the mound and claim victory each time. No, he has to win each victory, one at a time. One inning at a time. One pitch at a time. And sometimes, even in the life of this great no-hitter pitcher, the road is rocky. Always will be.

Helicksen is not known to have the greatest stuff or to be even as fast as a few of those on the team who throw 97-mph fastballs.

Former Tampa pitcher James Shields who played for Tampa last year and
was given a warm recognition by Rays fans during last nights game.

 It’s now time for Jeremy to go to work and to put in extra hours of hard work developing a better, low-down, slider and/or curveball that virtually bounces off the ground each time. He needs to work on it. How do you think James Shields got to be so good? It’s his low stuff, especially those pitches that literally fall off almost into the ground four feet in front of the plate. Hitters go for it, but can’t control their bats at the end when the ball dropps two feet almost to  ground level.

That’s the only advice I have for the Rays this morning. Good luck to Tampa in winning the next Kansas City game.

Here is what Wikipedia had on Hellickson which is quite complimentary. He’s a great young man.
Jeremy HellicksonFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jeremy Hellickson
Jeremy Hellickson on June 10, 2011.jpg
Tampa Bay Rays – No. 58
Starting pitcher
Born: April 8, 1987 (age 26)
Des Moines, Iowa
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 2, 2010 for the Tampa Bay Rays
Career statistics
(through June 13, 2013)
Win-loss record   31–24
Earned run average   3.52
Strikeouts   340
Career highlights and awards

 Jeremy Robert Hellickson (born April 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Hoover High School.[1] Following the 2011 season, Hellickson was named American League Rookie of the Year.



Professional career
Hellickson was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round of the 2005 Major League Baseball DraftBaseball America rated him as the 18th best prospect in all of baseball going into the 2010 season.[2] He was selected to play in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game and was the starting pitcher for U.S. team.[3]

On August 2, 2010, Hellickson made his major league debut against Minnesota Twins.[4] During his debut, he held the Twins to two runs over seven innings. He struck out six while walking two. He was optioned back to Triple-A Durham after the start.[5]

He was once again recalled to the majors on August 10 to take the spot of Wade Davis in the rotation. He made his second career start that day against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park, earning his second career victory after pitching seven shutout innings with three hits, seven strikeouts and no walks as the Rays won 8–0.[6]

On August 21, 2010, Hellickson was optioned to High-A Charlotte Stone Crabs to work on moving to the bullpen. He was recalled to Tampa Bay on September 1 and made his first appearance out of the bullpen on September 4, pitching 1 and 2/3 innings giving up 2 runs.

Hellickson began the 2011 season as the Rays fifth starter. On May 13, he threw his first complete game, earning a 3–0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.[7] Following the season, Hellickson earned the 2011 American League MLB Rookie of the Year Award.[8] He was named the Rays third starter for the 2012 season and pitched 8 2/3 shutout innings against the New York Yankees on April 8, 2012.

Hellickson was the losing pitcher in Félix Hernández’s perfect game on August 15, 2012. He still had a quality start in the game, allowing one run and five hits over seven innings to the Seattle Mariners.[9]


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  1. ^ “Jeremy Hellickson wins major-league debut, heads back to minors”. Retrieved August 22, 2010.[dead link]
  1. ^ “Baseball America Top 100 Prospects”. February 23, 2010. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  1. ^ Bollinger, Rhett (July 11, 2010). “Hellickson shines as Futures Game’s winner”. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  1. ^ Berry, Adam (July 31, 2010). “Hellickson to make debut on Monday”. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  1. ^ Chastain, Bill (August 2, 2010). “Rays call up Johnson, option Hellickson”. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  1. ^ Chastain, Bill (August 10, 2010). “Hellickson’s seven scoreless tame Tigers”. Retrieved August 22, 2010.
  1. ^ Klemish, Dawn. “Hellickson wins battle of Jeremys”
  1. a b Nowak, Joey. Kimbrel, Hellickson take top rookie Published November 14, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  1. ^ “Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners – Box Score – August 15, 2012” Retrieved August 15, 2012.
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