August 10, 2007

HOBBSIAN:

Pitcher turned slugger homers in return to majors (AP, 8/10/07)

In spring training 2005, Rick Ankiel launched his new career as a 26-year-old minor league outfielder. In his first game back in the major leagues, he launched one out of the ballpark. [...]

Ankiel, who led the Pacific Coast League with 32 homers for Triple-A Memphis, launched a 2-1 curveball from Doug Brocail over the right-field wall in the seventh with an effortless swing that put the Cardinals ahead 5-0.

"I pitched the report," Brocail said. "I have no idea how he hit that ball. It's good to see the kid back, though.

"You know, he wasn't too bad of a pitcher."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2007 8:12 AM
Comments

"You know, he wasn't too bad of a pitcher."

Dude coulda been another Steve Carlton. As it is, he'll be lucky to be another Steve Balboni. But he's still rich, and is a baseball legend in his own way...

Posted by: b at August 10, 2007 11:31 AM

Nice story.

Amazing that Memphis is in the Pacific Coast League. That must be quite a bus ride.

Posted by: Bob at August 10, 2007 11:48 AM

So are Nashville, New Orleans, Omaha, Des Moines, and Round Rock, Texas. Truth in labeling indeed.

Posted by: Kelly at August 10, 2007 6:06 PM
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