Tommy Vann Helms (born May 5, 1941 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is a retired Major League Baseball player and manager. He played as an infielder for 14 seasons (1964 - 1977) for four different teams, including eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and four seasons with the Houston Astros. He also managed the Cincinnati Reds for part of two seasons (1988 - 1989), replacing Pete Rose, who had been banned from the game because he bet on games. May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). ... 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... For other places or people named Charlotte, see Charlotte (disambiguation). ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 4 - Mary Shane is hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first woman TV play-by-play announcer. ... The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team based in Houston, Texas. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Peter Edward Rose, Sr. ...
Helms was a the National LeagueRookie of the Year for 1966 (the first season he was a full time major leaguer). He was a member of the National League All Star Team in 1967 and 1968. He won the National League Gold Glove award in 1970 and 1971. This article refers to the American baseball league. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the top rookie baseball player in the American and National Leagues. ... This article refers to the American baseball league. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 16 - Curt Flood, Gold Glove outfielder of the St. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ...
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Helms played in 100 games and hit.222 with a 728 OPS in 216 at-bats and was included on the Braves playoff roster, but was then replaced at the last minute by catcher Javy Lopez, who had originally been expected to miss the divisional series with an ankle injury.
Helms was given the everyday third-base job out of Spring Training but got off to a terrible start, batting.221 with a 685 OPS in April before bottoming out in mid-May. Yost stuck with him, however, comparing his situation to Yost's own days as a player in Texas.
Helms was eligible for arbitration in the off-season and the Brewers elected to extend him a two-year, $4.5 million contract.
Legendary manager Leo Durocher once said of 2006 inductee TommyHelms, “He keeps your club alive” – the tenacious infielder from Charlotte, N.C., played for four teams in his 14-year career in the Major Leagues, and hitting from the right side, retired with a lifetime batting average of.269.
Helms broke in with the Cincinnati Reds in 1964, and was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1966 as a third baseman.
Helms returned to the Reds in 1983 as a coach, and served as manager of the team for parts of the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
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