August 9, 2007

A BLASS FROM THE PAST:

Ankiel back with Cardinals as outfielder (Jim Salter, 8/09/07, Associated Press)

Rick Ankiel returned to the major leagues Thursday -- as an outfielder. After flopping in his attempt to rejoin the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher, Ankiel rejoined the team before Thursday night's game against San Diego.

Ankiel, who turns 28 on Aug. 23, was hitting .267 with 32 homers and 89 runs batted in 102 games at Triple-A Memphis. He also struck out 90 times and had a .314 on-base percentage.

He won 11 games and struck out 194 batters in 175 innings as a 20-year-old rookie in 2000 and was a surprise pick to start the Cardinals' 2000 postseason opener against Atlanta. But he became the first major league pitcher to throw five wild pitches in one inning since Sept. 15, 1890, when Bert Cunningham did it for Buffalo of the Players League.

He threw nine wild pitches in four innings during the 2000 playoffs and never really was the same after that.


You have to root for the guy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 9, 2007 1:19 PM
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Speaking of blasts from the past, Ernie Harwell has issued a four CD audio scrapbook for a pittance. I have no idea how old he is, but his voice is still in good form. He just sounds like a baseball announcer should sound. I'm only a casual baseball fan and I'm ordering one.

http://www.eharwell.com/

There are a few clips on the website.

Posted by: Rick T. at August 9, 2007 2:00 PM

Remember Steve Sax couldn't throw to first base? Baseball can be very strange.

Posted by: pchuck at August 9, 2007 3:25 PM

On Steve Sax, I'm always reminded of some Dodger wag (Yaeger?) who pointed out that it was a good thing the Orel Herschiser wasn't Steve's brother...

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at August 9, 2007 4:41 PM

What about Mackey Sasser, who's throwing got so bad that he developed a tick where he had to tap the ball on his shin guards repeatedly before tossing it back to the pitcher?

Posted by: oj at August 9, 2007 5:13 PM

Was Sasser the catcher that had to lob the ball back to the pitcher? Sometimes it took so long that runners could steal second on the toss back to the mound.

Posted by: Patrick H at August 9, 2007 5:20 PM

He even rolled it on occasion.

Posted by: oj at August 9, 2007 7:08 PM
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