It’s been a senior year for St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley, and that will continue as his number is retired at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
St. Louis Cardinals quarterback Ryan Helsley will be the first Northeastern State University player to have his number retired
In a press release, Northeastern State announced that Helsley’s jersey number (8, while he was there in 2014 and 2015) would be the first baseball number ever to be retired by the school. The ceremony will take place on November 5, but Helsley’s number has not been worn by an NSU player since Helsley was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft.
As a footnote to this draft, according to the release, Helsley was the first player from the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association (the conference to which NSU belongs), the second player from Oklahoma State selected, and the fifth player ever. of NCAA Division II to be selected when the Cardinals called his name.
The choice of Helsley proved to be a wise one for St. Louis. Saves and earns his first ever All-Star Game appearance.
With a 9-1 mark and a 1.25 ERA in 54 regular season games, Helsley was a key part of the St. Louis bullpen in 2022. His 2.7 bWAR last season ranked fifth on the team and was the highest for any player.
Helsley’s appearance in Game 1 of the National League’s Wild Card Round against the Philadelphia Phillies also earned him the title of the first NSU baseball player to appear in the All-Star Game and the postseason.
“It is with great pleasure that we retire Ryan Helsley’s number; he is the first person in NSU baseball history to receive this honor,” said NSU coach James Cullinan. At St. Louis Cardinals. I’ve always appreciated Ryan for what he meant for NSU, Tahlequah, and the Cherokee Nation. In the off-season, Ryan has been a constant presence in our locker room. His interactions with the players in training, in the weight room, and even traveling with the team to the Road Series last year were invaluable to the program.”
While his season may have ended on a note (a finger injury rendered Helsley ineffective in the ninth inning of a 6-3 loss to the Phillies in Game 1, earning the loss because he gave up four runs in an inning of work), Helsley will be celebrated in November at All of his accomplishments are not only in Tahlequah, but in St. Louis as well.