March 09, 2005

Welcome to the outfield?: Former can't-miss St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Rick Ankiel will now try to make the move to the outfield. Ankiel has been a designated hitter in the minors in the past and hit .250 in his only significant season at the major-league level. He also used to bomb tape-measure shots into the Busch Stadium atmosphere during batting practice. Hey, if Brooks Kieschnick can do it in reverse, why not Rick?

posted by wfrazerjr to baseball at 02:21 PM - 6 comments

Yeah, but can he hit the cutoff man?

posted by chris2sy at 02:38 PM on March 09

Yeah, but can he hit the cutoff man? LMAO!!

posted by stofer71 at 02:49 PM on March 09

Kevin Cash used to bomb the SkyDome Hotel during batting practice. Now he's in Tampa Bay and I have an obsolete jersey. Not that I am bitter.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 03:02 PM on March 09

It would be nice to a renaissance from Ankiel. This opportunity would give him clean slate b/c he'll never have to worry about fans doubting his playing b/c he won't be pitching.

posted by stockclerks at 08:03 PM on March 09

They were showing footage of his playoff meltdowns on PTI yesterday. I don't often feel this way, but that was too painful to watch. Almost completely off-topic: do you think we could get his dad and Lindsay Lohan's dad to hang out together? We know they share a couple common interests.

posted by yerfatma at 06:21 AM on March 10

Ankiel in the Outfield, funny comment, Can he hit the cutoff man. The odds are that he can and with more accuracy than he has shown from the mound. Now lets look at his progression, and I'm not discounting his pitching, in fact he has proven something young ballplayers haven't shown, and that is a determination to play the game, no matter what position he has to play. If he can hit like a full timer, then by all means, give him the opportunity, for now you're dealing with a mature player, who made a mature decision to change positions and to remain in baseball.

posted by STLHAMMER at 10:49 AM on March 11

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