Rick Ankiel has retired from baseball

file Rick Ankiel is done with baseball. The former pitcher turned outfielder did not sign with a team this winter. Ankiel, 34, was believed to be seeking a contract to play in 2014. Initially, Ankiel came up as a pitcher making 51 appearances – 41 starts. He finished that portion of his career with a 3.90 ERA and 1.36 WHIP from 1999-2004. After injuries forced him to give up pitching...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rick Ankiel Elects Free Agency

Rick Ankiel has parted way with the New York Mets says Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. The 33-year old elected to become a free agent rather than accept a minor league assignment after being designated for assignment last week. Ankiel was signed by the Mets exactly one month ago on May 13th after being released by the Houston Astros just four days prior. He batted .182 with 25 strikeouts...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Ankiel Signing Proved To Be A Big Waste Of Time

The Rick Ankiel era has come to and end with the Mets. The veteran center fielder has been designated for assignment and can choose to accept the assignment to AAA or elect free agency. My guess is the latter. Taking his place will be Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who is already on his way to the big league club after his recent tear with Las Vegas. The 25-year old slugger has ten hits in...
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June 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Rick Ankiel helps define replacement level

There’s probably nothing more depressing than being released by the worst team in baseball. However, Rick Ankiel, who was released by the Astros last Sunday and signed by the Mets on Monday, luckily has another opportunity with a starting job. The Mets, however, have shown that they are truly desperate by signing the pitcher-turned-outfielder to a major-league deal. The deal is...
Via Mets360.com
May 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Will Ankiel Answer The Mets Need For Their Powerless Outfield?

Are the Mets in desperate times now?  With how our offense has failed to click lately, I think so. I was under the impression that we had a few guys that could actually play the outfield for us – and then we went out and signed Rick Ankiel. I remember the player Ankiel was after he switched positions from pitching to play the outfield, so there is hope for production.  But...
Via Mets Merized Online
May 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Ankiel considering return to pitching

After making the switch from pitcher to outfielder years ago and having a modestly successful go of it, Rick Ankiel now is considering a return to the mound.

Via Reading Between The Seams
November 02, 2012  |  Discuss

The strangest Rick Ankiel tribute video you ever did see...

After Rick Ankiel was DFA'd last week, it was only a matter of time before his unconditional release. That happened today: the Nationals unconditionally released Rick Ankiel. To commemorate the day, we present the "Ankiel House of Horror" video above. This might be the oddest Rick Ankiel-themed video in history -- goes from just odd to deeply disturbing around...
Via Nationals Enquirer
July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Yankees interested in Rick Ankiel?

Rick Ankiel was recently released by the Washington Nationals. Could the Yankees have interest in picking up the outfielder?

Via Sliding Into Home
July 21, 2012  |  2 Comments

Video of Rick Ankiel's ridiculous laser throw, with laser sound effects.

Bases loaded, no outs in the sixth on Monday night. And Rick Ankiel catches Carlos Lee's fly ball and uses the laser blaster attached to his arm to fire a strike to the plate, preventing a sac fly. Official MLB.com video is here. Above, the throw as seen on TV with a backdrop of the sound of lasers. (Ankiel. Screengrab via MLB.com) Befriend the Nats Enquirer on Facebook...
Via Nationals Enquirer
April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Rick Ankiel unleashes incredible throw

Rick Ankiel caught a Carlos Lee popup in shallow center and proceeded to throw a laser throw to home to prevent a sac fly in the sixth. The throw made it to home plate on the tag side and on the fly. Astros leadoff man Jordan Schafer was on third and didn;t even think twice about tagging up and heading for home. Note to base runners; do not run on Ankiel. “That was a good...
Via Next Impulse Sports
April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

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