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2012-07-19 09:02:18 PM  
He could have been a front of the rotation starter if he could have made it past the mental block he picked up in game one of the 2000 division series.

The sad part is that he could have had a decent enough career in the outfield if he'd started down that path initially. His age 27 and 28 years come out to about an .850 OPS which isn't bad at all considering how many years he lost to his pitching career.

Still, he managed to salvage a career and make about $9 million over the last 12 years which I really hope he squirreled away.
 
2012-07-19 09:42:41 PM  

dameron: He could have been a front of the rotation starter if he could have made it past the mental block he picked up in game one of the 2000 division series.

The sad part is that he could have had a decent enough career in the outfield if he'd started down that path initially. His age 27 and 28 years come out to about an .850 OPS which isn't bad at all considering how many years he lost to his pitching career.

Still, he managed to salvage a career and make about $9 million over the last 12 years which I really hope he squirreled away.


Well said. As a cardinals fan, he was the talk of the town back when he was a rookie. After his control problems (thanks, tony) no one expected him to go back down to the minors and work his way back up, as a friggin outfielder! What a story...I hope a team picks him up, but like you said, he's made millions and he should be fine if he hasnt blown it all.

Could he be a coach? He made it to the majors twice...I think he might have a few words of advice for minor leaguers.
 
2012-07-19 10:12:15 PM  
3rd baseman?
 
2012-07-19 10:15:01 PM  

pnhfitz: 3rd baseman?


Article says hes an outfielder.
 
2012-07-19 10:20:12 PM  
I found out I didn't get my dream job on my birthday. Now, it's just a funny story.

/not really funny
//cries
 
2012-07-19 10:23:00 PM  
I'm excited for my next submission:

Yankees sign pitcher Darnell McDonald to a minor league contract.

Just as factual as most of the headlines we see around here.
 
2012-07-19 10:24:41 PM  

pnhfitz: 3rd baseman?


damn yanks: pnhfitz: 3rd baseman?

Article says hes an outfielder.


Farkers to subby: He has never played third base in his entire professional career.
 
2012-07-19 10:26:53 PM  

Foolkiller: pnhfitz: 3rd baseman?

damn yanks: pnhfitz: 3rd baseman?

Article says hes an outfielder.

Farkers to subby: He has never played third base in his entire professional career.


His arm strength would work at 3rd. His accuracy would kill paying customers.
 
2012-07-19 10:27:05 PM  
By the way, Ankiel throws lefty. There hasn't been a left-handed third baseman in the major since July 2, 1997, and that was a one time deal. The last lefty who played third with any real regularity was Mike Squires, who still only played there 14 times and retired in 1985. Don Mattingly also did it twice.
 
2012-07-19 10:28:50 PM  
Given how this guy has worked to get back to the majors after pitching didn't work out, I wouldn't be surprised if he signs a minor league contract and tries to work his way back again. I wish him luck.
 
2012-07-19 10:31:04 PM  

DeWayne Mann: By the way, Ankiel throws lefty. There hasn't been a left-handed third baseman in the major since July 2, 1997, and that was a one time deal. The last lefty who played third with any real regularity was Mike Squires, who still only played there 14 times and retired in 1985. Don Mattingly also did it twice.


One more, since it required a different search. Far as I can tell, the ONLY lefty thrower to play at least 50% percent of his games at third is Milo Netzel, who had 10 games total in 1909.

He's also the only one to play 15% of his games at third. If we reduce it further to 10%...Mike Squires pops back up.
 
2012-07-19 10:31:18 PM  
Okay, I guess I can add Rick Ankiel to list of people I share a birthday with. I probably had a better day at work than him.
 
2012-07-19 10:31:51 PM  
I've seen him around town where I live watching football and drinking, I look like more of an "athlete" than he does.
 
2012-07-19 10:32:33 PM  

slayer199: Given how this guy has worked to get back to the majors after pitching didn't work out, I wouldn't be surprised if he signs a minor league contract and tries to work his way back again. I wish him luck.


Sign a minor league contract? I'd be shocked if he wasn't traded or claimed on waivers. He could easily start for the Astros.
 
2012-07-19 10:34:40 PM  
You know who else got crucified on his 33rd birthday?

/go phils
 
2012-07-19 10:37:00 PM  

DeWayne Mann: I'm excited for my next submission:

Yankees sign pitcher Darnell McDonald to a minor league contract.

Just as factual as most of the headlines we see around here.


At least Darnell has played a game at pitcher this year, which is more than we can say about Ankiel playing third.
 
2012-07-19 10:39:59 PM  

Creoena: DeWayne Mann: I'm excited for my next submission:

Yankees sign pitcher Darnell McDonald to a minor league contract.

Just as factual as most of the headlines we see around here.

At least Darnell has played a game at pitcher this year, which is more than we can say about Ankiel playing third.


Well, I didn't want my headline to be a COMPLETE lie.
 
2012-07-19 10:50:57 PM  

Creoena: DeWayne Mann: I'm excited for my next submission:

Yankees sign pitcher Darnell McDonald to a minor league contract.

Just as factual as most of the headlines we see around here.

At least Darnell has played a game at pitcher this year, which is more than we can say about Ankiel playing third.


Yankees might be keeping McDonald around for awhile too.

Brett Gardner is having surgery, done for the year.
 
2012-07-19 10:56:50 PM  

The Bestest: Creoena: DeWayne Mann: I'm excited for my next submission:

Yankees sign pitcher Darnell McDonald to a minor league contract.

Just as factual as most of the headlines we see around here.

At least Darnell has played a game at pitcher this year, which is more than we can say about Ankiel playing third.

Yankees might be keeping McDonald around for awhile too.

Brett Gardner is having surgery, done for the year.


I'd wager that if one of their middle aged OFs goes down, we'd see the ML debut of Melky Mesa before we see Darnell again.
 
2012-07-19 11:03:21 PM  
RIP MARK WOHLERS
 
2012-07-19 11:34:19 PM  

fatalvenom: I've seen him around town where I live watching football and drinking, I look like more of an "athlete" than he does.


"I ain't an athlete, lady, I'm a baseball player." ---John Kruk upon being seen smoking in the dugout.
 
2012-07-19 11:34:53 PM  
I am dating his cousin and she found this out because I was showing her how funny and witty FARK was.....


fail.
 
2012-07-19 11:38:51 PM  

Mark Ratner: Well said. As a cardinals fan, he was the talk of the town back when he was a rookie. After his control problems (thanks, tony) no one expected him to go back down to the minors and work his way back up, as a friggin outfielder! What a story...I hope a team picks him up, but like you said, he's made millions and he should be fine if he hasnt blown it all.


As a braves fan that game was painful to watch a player fall apart.

puffy999: RIP MARK WOHLERS


F*ck him, if it wasnt for him atlanta would have 2-3 WS instead of just one, so rot in hell asshole and your horrible attitude for a closer.......

Talked to him a few times, he was too nice to be a closer, even bruce sutter who was nice had this "dont fark with me" aura around him, wohlers just didnt have the killer instinct to fark guys up no matter what it cost them, its why I love Kimbrel so much, he dont care who the fark you are or whats at stake, just get the fark out of the way.

Closers are a dime a dozen, closers with the attitude like that are rare.
 
2012-07-19 11:48:44 PM  

Foolkiller: fatalvenom: I've seen him around town where I live watching football and drinking, I look like more of an "athlete" than he does.

"I ain't an athlete, lady, I'm a baseball player." ---John Kruk upon being seen smoking in the dugout.


Well, I smoke a pack a day and I still look like Adonis compared to him.

He is a nice guy and I'm not talking smack about him, but dude probably would love to have Bieber's chest compared to his own.

/I can't figure out how he was cranking as many HRs as he was
 
2012-07-19 11:59:30 PM  

pnhfitz: 3rd baseman?


Why did it take 3 comments to hit on that?

Best of luck to Ankiel. If he feels like taking up pitchign again, the Mets pen has an opening. He can't be worse than what they've got, AND he can swing a bat!
 
2012-07-20 12:07:23 AM  

MrCab: Best of luck to Ankiel. If he feels like taking up pitchign again, the Mets pen has an opening. He can't be worse than what they've got, AND he can swing a bat!


I always liked the bat-in-the-pen idea as a dbacks fan, and we've had a number of them the last couple of years and they really don't get the at bats a fan thinks they should. Apparently position players on the bench that day get pinch hitting spots over the bullpen. See: Micah Owings
 
2012-07-20 12:14:43 AM  

RoyHobbs22: Foolkiller: pnhfitz: 3rd baseman?

damn yanks: pnhfitz: 3rd baseman?

Article says hes an outfielder.

Farkers to subby: He has never played third base in his entire professional career.

His arm strength would work at 3rd. His accuracy would kill paying customers.


He's shown both accuracy and strength from cf throws to third and home. MLB site has a couple of them. Unreal.
 
2012-07-20 12:45:25 AM  

fatalvenom: Foolkiller: fatalvenom: I've seen him around town where I live watching football and drinking, I look like more of an "athlete" than he does.

"I ain't an athlete, lady, I'm a baseball player." ---John Kruk upon being seen smoking in the dugout.

Well, I smoke a pack a day and I still look like Adonis compared to him.

He is a nice guy and I'm not talking smack about him, but dude probably would love to have Bieber's chest compared to his own.

/I can't figure out how he was cranking as many HRs as he was


Its called ability, someone that envies biebers chest wouldnt understand that little tidbit.
 
2012-07-20 01:20:45 AM  

MrCab:

Best of luck to Ankiel. If he feels like taking up pitchign again, the Mets pen has an opening. He can't be worse than what they've got, AND he can swing a bat!


Hell, he could start for the Blue Jays.
 
2012-07-20 01:25:01 AM  
Am I the only person who thinks the indians should take a flyer on Ankiel and let Cunningham go have fun in Columbus?

/Rays Fan
//From Cleveland
///Didn't inheret the Browns, thank god.
 
2012-07-20 01:44:40 AM  
I saw him throw out two guys at third from the warning track at Coors Field from right above the bullpen. Ankiel has a hell of an arm. If the Rockies signed him and asked him to start I can't say he would do worse than some of the outings we have had this year. I hope he catches on somewhere.
 
2012-07-20 01:54:32 AM  

JOHN MCENROE MY CHILDHOOD NEMESIS: Am I the only person who thinks the indians should take a flyer on Ankiel and let Cunningham go have fun in Columbus?

/Rays Fan
//From Cleveland
///Didn't inheret the Browns, thank god.


They have Cunningham because he's right handed, and actually hits lefties fairly decently in his career.

Neither of those things describe Rick Ankiel.

(now, the previously mentioned Darnell McDonald...yes, he probably could've replaced Cunningham)
 
2012-07-20 02:00:36 AM  

steamingpile: fatalvenom: Foolkiller: fatalvenom: I've seen him around town where I live watching football and drinking, I look like more of an "athlete" than he does.

"I ain't an athlete, lady, I'm a baseball player." ---John Kruk upon being seen smoking in the dugout.

Well, I smoke a pack a day and I still look like Adonis compared to him.

He is a nice guy and I'm not talking smack about him, but dude probably would love to have Bieber's chest compared to his own.

/I can't figure out how he was cranking as many HRs as he was

Its called ability, someone that envies biebers chest wouldnt understand that little tidbit.


ohyou.jpg

I was just stating the guy isn't big at all.
 
2012-07-20 02:08:27 AM  
What? A player who comes from nowhere to star for the Cardinals cant cut the mustard after distancing him self from "papa steroid" LaRussa?

Im SHOCKED! shocked, I say.
 
2012-07-20 02:16:08 AM  

I sound fat: What? A player who comes from nowhere to star for the Cardinals cant cut the mustard after distancing him self from "papa steroid" LaRussa?

Im SHOCKED! shocked, I say.


His last season in STL:
.231/.285/.387, 77OPS+

Since then:
.235/.300/.381, 86 OPS+

Yep, you cracked the case!
 
2012-07-20 02:31:26 AM  
He's made over $17 million since he was drafted in 1997. He's 33-years old, healthy, and should be fairly well off financially. He's making $1.25 million this year alone. He played big league ball for 12 full seasons. I'd guess there are a lot of people who would give their left nut to be in his shoes. Happy birthday, Rick.
 
2012-07-20 04:30:14 AM  
As a Mets fan, just hearing the name "Rick Ankiel" brings a smile to my face.
 
2012-07-20 07:24:50 AM  
That's pretty shiatty to do
 
2012-07-20 08:03:07 AM  
He is a complication video of throwing out runners waiting to happen.
 
2012-07-20 08:29:59 AM  

ole prophet: He is a complication video of throwing out runners batters.

/FTFY

 
2012-07-20 08:46:12 AM  

Loomy: ole prophet: He is a complication video of throwing out runners batters.

/FTFY


Good call.
 
2012-07-20 10:03:40 AM  
What infield position has Ankiel every played?
I don't know.
Third base!
 
2012-07-20 10:22:17 AM  
Someone can use a guy like that, he won't be unemployed long. I think he has a hell of a future in coaching. Guy has a complete public meltdown, picks himself up and comes back as an outfielder. I had heard about his relationship with Harper before. He obviously has some people skills, and knows the game. Hell, he could manage some MLB teams now. I wonder if it would have been worth it to the Nats to keep Ankiel on the roster, simply because of the influence he has on Harper.
 
2012-07-20 10:31:56 AM  

neuroflare: MrCab: Best of luck to Ankiel. If he feels like taking up pitchign again, the Mets pen has an opening. He can't be worse than what they've got, AND he can swing a bat!

I always liked the bat-in-the-pen idea as a dbacks fan, and we've had a number of them the last couple of years and they really don't get the at bats a fan thinks they should. Apparently position players on the bench that day get pinch hitting spots over the bullpen. See: Micah Owings

Brooks Kieschnick


Also cut on his B-Day. Is there some birthday clause in MLB contracts?

media.scout.com
 
2012-07-20 11:32:23 AM  

Rickenbacker: Someone can use a guy like that, he won't be unemployed long.


It's kind of a giddy feeling around here that the Nats are not just "someone" anymore. They can actually cut a guy like Ankiel to get slightly better with Storen returning. Although the timing had more to do with it, they have a four-game series with Atlanta this weekend, and wanted more depth in the pen than in the dugout. If Storen's return would have come later, they may have made a different move.
 
2012-07-20 06:01:42 PM  

fatalvenom: steamingpile: fatalvenom: Foolkiller: fatalvenom: I've seen him around town where I live watching football and drinking, I look like more of an "athlete" than he does.

"I ain't an athlete, lady, I'm a baseball player." ---John Kruk upon being seen smoking in the dugout.

Well, I smoke a pack a day and I still look like Adonis compared to him.

He is a nice guy and I'm not talking smack about him, but dude probably would love to have Bieber's chest compared to his own.

/I can't figure out how he was cranking as many HRs as he was

Its called ability, someone that envies biebers chest wouldnt understand that little tidbit.

ohyou.jpg

I was just stating the guy isn't big at all.


Big does not mean strength, when I played baseball I was all of 5'9" but could hit with power to put larger guys to shame, a lot of it has to do with forearms and wrist action, I met hank aaron when one of our teams won a tournament and hes not that large either but his wrists are farking huge.

Most coaches told me to quit working out when baseball season starts since its a perception that the more muscular you are the harder it is to hit.
 
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