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Scott Boras shoots down rumor about Rick Ankiel possibly pitching again

Nov 2, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

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Earlier this week Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch passed along a rumor that Rick Ankiel “is open to giving pitching one last shot since his market as a position player appears minimal.”

Not so fast, says Ankiel’s agent, Scott Boras (via Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports): “Rick Ankiel is a position player. He’s not pitching.”

We’ll see whether Boras and Ankiel change their minds if the market for him as an outfielder proves extremely weak, as expected. Ankiel has basically had one good full season as a hitter, back in 2008, and since then he’s hit just .234 with a .295 on-base percentage and .383 slugging percentage in 386 games.

At age 33 it’s hard to imagine any team giving him more than a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training as an outfielder.

  1. cur68 - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I hope Ankiel does it. Comes back to be a pitcher, I mean. We’d finally have that mythical creature: a good hitting pitcher. Actually, given his rather poor slash line as a hitter, he’d be a “pretty good hitter for a pitcher” but it’d finally give the modern day “pitcher hitting” crowd some legitimacy at least.

    • uwsptke - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Brooks Kieschnick was mediocre for most of his career as a novelty PH, LF, DH, and RP with a career OPS of .760 and an ERA of 4.59 (only pitched two seasons). In 2003 with Milwaukee, he was first player to ever hit a HR as a pitcher, DH, and pinch hitter all in the same season.

  2. dondada10 - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    What ever happened to Micah Owens?

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      I believe Owens was released Don. Seems he’s considering switching to a position player in hopes of making the league. I know the dude can rake.

  3. edelmanfanclub - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I don’t know if he can return to form as a pitcher, remember that meltdown? His story was great when he came back as a power hitter, but maybe it’s time to retire for Rick. If he can come back, more power to the guy. I wouldn’t mind seeing it. .

  4. metalhead65 - Nov 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    I am telling you people with jocketty’s love of washed up ex-cards combined with Ludwick opting out do not be shocked if he signs with the reds. and once he does with numbers like he has has he will be the reds starting left fielder. dusty has to have that veteran presence in the lineup no matter how bad they suck.

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