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    More: PSA, Rick Ankiel, Tony LaRussa, Rafael Furcal, Pacific Coast League, Tom Verducci, Chuck Knoblauch, Mike Matheny, Greg Maddux  
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2014-03-06 09:04:29 AM  
Wear your helmets if they ever ask him to come back and throw out the first pitch.
 
2014-03-06 09:06:34 AM  
It was sad to see him lose all his control at once. I'm not a Cardinals fan, but watching him go up against the Braves in the playoffs (I forget which year it was) and struggle just to get the ball over the plate was a sad thing to watch. Reminded me of when Mark Wohlers completely lost it for the Braves.
 
2014-03-06 09:22:12 AM  

KingKauff: It was sad to see him lose all his control at once. I'm not a Cardinals fan, but watching him go up against the Braves in the playoffs (I forget which year it was) and struggle just to get the ball over the plate was a sad thing to watch. Reminded me of when Mark Wohlers completely lost it for the Braves.


I was at Game 5 of the 2000 NLCS. I can still hear the Shea crowd chanting "WILD PITCH! WILD PITCH!"
 
2014-03-06 09:23:39 AM  
From crazy pitcher to somewhat competent infielder.  What a strange trip it has been, Rick.  Enjoy retirement and all the best to ya.
 
2014-03-06 09:36:46 AM  
Deadspin may have to shut down for 30 days of mourning.
 
2014-03-06 09:44:32 AM  
Man, he was great to have on defense for the Nationals.  Folks simply didn't run if it was hit anywhere near him.  Wish his bat had been a little hotter; it was a sad day when the Nats let him go.
 
2014-03-06 10:03:01 AM  
I was at that playoff game vs. the Braves in 2000 when he had the meltdown.
IIRC, everyone was cursing LaRussa for starting him in game 1 that series.

Enjoy your retirement, Rick
 
2014-03-06 10:11:41 AM  
I thought this was going to be about Mark Fidrych -- who apparently is dead. I has a sad now.

KingKauff: It was sad to see him lose all his control at once. I'm not a Cardinals fan, but watching him go up against the Braves in the playoffs (I forget which year it was) and struggle just to get the ball over the plate was a sad thing to watch. Reminded me of when Mark Wohlers completely lost it for the Braves.


Really promising pitcher too.  I had him on my fantasy team that year, and he came through during the regular season.

Dave Duncan has a fantastic reputation for developing pitching talent ... wonder if he remembers Rick Ankiel as the one that got away.
 
2014-03-06 11:09:56 AM  

rjakobi: From crazy pitcher to somewhat competent infielder.  What a strange trip it has been, Rick.  Enjoy retirement and all the best to ya.


Centerfielder. He was a strikeout machine with a bit of power but his ability to gun down runners was incredible.
 
2014-03-06 11:47:31 AM  
Too bad the mound wasn't around 2nd base, he'd have been a HOF pitcher.
 
2014-03-06 11:50:08 AM  
Thank you for that 2010 NLDS homer, Rick - enjoy the beaches!
 
2014-03-06 02:02:24 PM  

rtaylor92: rjakobi: From crazy pitcher to somewhat competent infielder.  What a strange trip it has been, Rick.  Enjoy retirement and all the best to ya.

Centerfielder. He was a strikeout machine with a bit of power but his ability to gun down runners was incredible.


And yet Adam Dunn still plays on.
 
2014-03-06 02:49:04 PM  

germ78: rtaylor92: rjakobi: From crazy pitcher to somewhat competent infielder.  What a strange trip it has been, Rick.  Enjoy retirement and all the best to ya.

Centerfielder. He was a strikeout machine with a bit of power but his ability to gun down runners was incredible.

And yet Adam Dunn still plays on.


Dunnzo's got more than a "bit" of power.
 
2014-03-06 04:00:08 PM  

germ78: rtaylor92: rjakobi: From crazy pitcher to somewhat competent infielder.  What a strange trip it has been, Rick.  Enjoy retirement and all the best to ya.

Centerfielder. He was a strikeout machine with a bit of power but his ability to gun down runners was incredible.

And yet Adam Dunn still plays on.


His 2011 season was horrid... but 2012 and 2013 were pretty good.
 
2014-03-06 05:39:33 PM  

Arkanaut: I thought this was going to be about Mark Fidrych -- who apparently is dead. I has a sad now.

KingKauff: It was sad to see him lose all his control at once. I'm not a Cardinals fan, but watching him go up against the Braves in the playoffs (I forget which year it was) and struggle just to get the ball over the plate was a sad thing to watch. Reminded me of when Mark Wohlers completely lost it for the Braves.

Really promising pitcher too.  I had him on my fantasy team that year, and he came through during the regular season.

Dave Duncan has a fantastic reputation for developing pitching talent ... wonder if he remembers Rick Ankiel as the one that got away.


The biggest trouble with Ankiel was that he was a true "head case".  He came from a really questionable background with an abusive, drug abusing father.  He was a ticking timebomb.  Glad that he did get his life under control and have a career.

/useless trivia time: Ankiel is the first player since Babe Ruth to win 10 games and hit 50 HRs in a career.  For as bad as the mess was, the guy had incredible physical talent.
 
2014-03-06 09:04:19 PM  
That game in the 2000 Division Series was killing me. First, Maddux gives up 6 runs. Then the Braves can't do anything against a guy who couldn't hit the ocean if he was standing in a boat.
 
2014-03-07 02:33:17 PM  

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