Rick Ankiel life and biography

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Rick Ankiel biography

Date of birth : 1979-07-19
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Fort Pierce, Florida, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-07-19
Credited as : Baseball MLB player, outfielder for the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves

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Richard Alexander Ankiel is a Major League Baseball outfielder who is currently with the Washington Nationals. He bats and throws left-handed.

Teams history:

St. Louis Cardinals (1999–2001, 2004, 2007–2009)
Kansas City Royals (2010)
Atlanta Braves (2010)
Washington Nationals (2011–present)

Rick Ankiel grabbed public attention in the year 2000 when he lost his ability to throw strikes. A left-handed pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals that year, Rick Ankiel posted a successful 11-7 record during the season. But he suddenly lost control in a playoff game against the Atlanta Braves, throwing pitch after pitch over his catcher's head and into the backstop. With no physical problems evident, most presumed that Ankiel's problems came from a sudden mental quirk. Ankiel returned to the Cardinals as a pitcher in 2001 but his problems resumed, and he was sent to the minor leagues. After further struggles he abandoned pitching in 2005 and switched positions, signing a minor-league contract with the Cardinals as an outfielder. He missed the entire 2006 season with a knee injury, but in August of 2007 he made an auspicious return to the major leagues, hitting a home run in his first game as an outfielder with the Cardinals. He played with the Cardinals through the 2009 season. In 2010 he joined the Kansas City Royals, then was traded to the Atlanta Braves mid-season. With the Braves he had a major playoff moment that year, hitting a game-winning home run to beat the San Francisco Giants in game 2 of their series.

Rick Ankiel is not alone in developing sudden throwing problems. Other baseball players who have had similar troubles include second basemen Chuck Knoblauch and Steve Sax and pitcher Steve Blass.

Career highlights and awards:

Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award (1999)
USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award (1999)
The Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award (2000)

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