Rick Ankiel retires

Dan McLaughlin broke the news that pitcher-turned-outfielder Rick Ankiel would retire from baseball on the St. Louis Cardinals broadcast, and would like to join the front office.

Ankiel pitched in the majors from 1999-2004, taking 2002 and 2003 off due to arm injuries.  He attempted to resume his pitching career once more in 2004, but was unsuccessful with recurring injuries.

In 2005, Ankiel returned to the majors for the St. Louis Cardinals as an outfielder, for whom he had played with from 1999-2004.  Ankiel spent his outfield years with the Cardinals, Royals, Braves, Nationals, Astros, and Mets, before finally calling it quits.

Ankiel had made a name for himself with a cannon of an arm from the outfielder, and finished his career with a fielding percentage of 97.9%.

As a pitcher, Ankiel had a career 3.90 ERA in 242 innings.  He had a decent 8.1 K/9 and 0.9 BB/9.

In his 11 year career, Ankiel had a .240/.302/.422 slash line with 76 hom runs in 2115 plate appearances spread out over 653 total games.

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