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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.

The New York Mets

The Mets promised their fans that they would spend some money and start to win in the 2014 season.  The question is, are they going to win this year or will they struggle again?

Notable Additions 

  • Curtis Granderson
  • Bartolo Colon
  • John Lannan
  • Taylor Teagarden
  • Chris Young

The Mets have definitely spent money this offeason but they took a blow when they got news that Matt Harvey will be out for the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery. The Mets  will need 1B Ike Davis to improve after a subpar 2013 campaign. They will also need Bartolo Colon to have another great year like he did in 2013. The Mets could be playoff contenders if they upgrade their shortstop depth by signing Stephen Drew and improve their bullpen by signing  Fernando Rodney.

Predictions

Right now I have the Mets finishing 3rd in the division with a 80-82 record.  If they sign Drew or Rodney or both I have them in 2nd with a 85-77 record.

NL East Rundown

The NL East will be an interesting race this year to watch. Here’s my take on what will happen:

Division Champion: Nationals

Division MVP: Bryce Harper

Division CY Young winner: Jose Fernandez

Predictions:

1. Nationals (91-71)

2. Braves (89-73)

3. Marlins (80-82)

4. Mets (76-86)

5. Phillies (71-91)

Nationals:

I think they have real potential with young stars such as Stausburg and Harper leading the way. Veteran leadership will be key to a playoff run so watch for Zimmerman or another player to step into that role.

Braves:

They too, have great potential with a powerful offense. The Upton brothers along with Heyward and Uggla should keep them contending along with their pitching staff of Medlen leading the way along with their shut-down closer Kimbrel.

Marlins:

This may surprise some people but the Marlins might be a team in the next few years to contend with. This may not be the year but watch out for last year’s NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez along with Giancarlo Stanton.

Mets:

Even without their star pitcher Matt Harvey for the majority of the season, the Mets have a decent starting rotation with rising star Zach Wheeler and Bartolo Colon. The Mets must hope that Colon can retain his 2013 success which included 18 wins with the A’s. They Mets lineup includes David Wright and newcomer Curtis Granderson.

Phillies:

The Phillies have potential if their players can stay healthy. Their pitching staff with Lee and Hamels  should carry them some if they can get run support. With an aging lineup, look to see the Phillies start the rebuilding process.

NL East Rundown

The NL East will be an interesting race this year to watch. Here’s my take on what will happen:

Division Champion: Nationals

Division MVP: Bryce Harper

Division CY Young winner: Jose Fernandez

Predictions:

1. Nationals (91-71)

2. Braves (89-73)

3. Marlins (80-82)

4. Mets (76-86)

5. Phillies (71-91)

Nationals:

I think they have real potential with young stars such as Stausburg and Harper leading the way. Veteran leadership will be key to a playoff run so watch for Zimmerman or another player to step into that role.

Braves:

They too, have great potential with a powerful offense. The Upton brothers along with Heyward and Uggla should keep them contending along with their pitching staff of Medlen leading the way along with their shut-down closer Kimbrel.

Marlins:

This may surprise some people but the Marlins might be a team in the next few years to contend with. This may not be the year but watch out for last year’s NL Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez along with Giancarlo Stanton.

Mets:

Even without their star pitcher Matt Harvey for the majority of the season, the Mets have a decent starting rotation with rising star Zach Wheeler and Bartolo Colon. The Mets must hope that Colon can retain his 2013 success which included 18 wins with the A’s. They Mets lineup includes David Wright and newcomer Curtis Granderson.

Phillies:

The Phillies have potential if their players can stay healthy. Their pitching staff with Lee and Hamels  should carry them some if they can get run support. With an aging lineup, look to see the Phillies start the rebuilding process.