Former Major League pitchers Rick Helling and Mike Myers are joining the Players Association staff as special assistants to Executive Director Don Fehr.

They will serve with Bobby Bonilla, Phil Bradley, Stan Javier and Steve Rogers as the MLBPA's key liaisons to the current players.

"Mike Myers and Rick Helling had long and successful Major League careers, during which they served on the Association's Executive Board and represented the players as members of the negotiating committee in bargaining for our Basic Agreement and Pension agreements," Fehr said. "They are very familiar with the interests and needs of the players and understand intimately the job that the MLBPA does for its members."

During his 13-year Major League career, Helling served as a member of the Executive Board from 1999-2007, and was the American League Representative in 2000 and Alternate Association Representative in 2003.

Helling, the 22nd overall draft pick in 1992 out of Stanford, appeared in 301 games as a pitcher for Texas, Florida, Arizona, Baltimore and Milwaukee before announcing his retirement in February 2007. He had a career record of 93-81, including a 20-7 record in 1998 when he tied Roger Clemens and David Cone for the AL lead in games won.

Helling, 38, was born in Devils Lake, N.D., and graduated from Stanford in 1993 with a degree in economics.

Myers served as a member of the MLBPA's Executive Board throughout his 13-year career and for a decade was one of the player representatives to the Pension Committee, which administers the Major League Baseball Players Benefit Plan.

Myers, 39, was a reliever who appeared in 883 Major League games with Detroit, Florida, Milwaukee, Colorado, Arizona, Boston, Seattle, the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox, compiling a record of 25-24 with 14 saves and 429 strikeouts in 541.2 innings.

A native of Arlington Heights, Ill., Myers attended Iowa State University between 1988-90, and earned All-Big Eight honors in 1989.