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Rick Ankiel

Rick Ankiel
MLB Player information
NameRick Ankiel
MLB debutAugust 23, 1999 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average.246
Home runs64
Runs batted in218
Win Loss13-10
*St. Louis Cardinals (1999 2001, 2004, 2007 2009) *Kansas City Royals (2010) *Atlanta Braves (2010) *Washington Nationals (2011 present)
*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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Richard Alexander Ankiel (-enˈæŋkiːlpron; born July 19, 1979) is a Major League Baseball outfielder who is currently with the Washington Nationals. He bats and throws left-handed.

Ankiel was a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1999 until 2001, when he lost his ability to throw strikes consistently. After trying to regain his pitching form in the minor leagues, he switched to the outfield in early 2005. For two and a half years, he honed his skills as a hitter and fielder in the Cardinals' minor-league system. He was called up to the Cardinals on August 9, 2007, and made his second major-league "debut"-this time as an outfielder in right field-against the San Diego Padres in St. Louis. As a Cardinal (1999 2009), Ankiel hit 47 home runs as an outfielder and two as a pitcher. After a 2009 season in which he hit .231 with 11 home runs in 122 games, Ankiel became a free agent. Subsequently, he was signed by the Royals and later was traded to the Atlanta Braves. He is the first player since Babe Ruth to have won at least 10 games as a pitcher and also hit at least 50 home runs. Ankiel is also the only player other than Babe Ruth to both start a postseason game as a pitcher and hit a home run in the postseason as a position player.

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