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Postby Lofunzo » Thu Mar 10, 2005 4:09 pm

Interesting spring for this guy. He goes from maybe pushing Morris out of the rotation to being groomed as an extra OF. :-°
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Postby hybrid » Thu Mar 10, 2005 4:14 pm

rich101682 wrote:ALso, correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't he hit a homer in each of his first two ML starts?


He did have 2 HR's in 2000, though I'm not sure if they were in his first two starts or not.
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Thu Mar 10, 2005 4:17 pm

Lofunzo wrote:Interesting spring for this guy. He goes from maybe pushing Morris out of the rotation to being groomed as an extra OF. :-°


Just wait until TB picks him up off of waivers and Pinella is screaming at him to pitch or go home. :-D
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Postby j_d_mcnugent » Thu Mar 10, 2005 4:23 pm

if anyone cares he batted in an intersquad game today. singled in first at bat off of brad thompson. got a broken bat groundout in second at bat vs. jim journell.
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Postby Mordraken » Thu Mar 10, 2005 4:24 pm

For a pitcher, he wasn't that bad. He had a couple of homers during his full year, and hit for a decent average (especially considering he'd only get 3 ABs every 5 days). I doubt he'll make the team as an OFer, but don't doubt that some other team will pick him up off waivers... I believe he is out of options, so either he makes the team or he'll be released.

Too bad. I had him through his one and only season, and he helped me win a championship. The mind is a funny thing.
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Postby Havok1517 » Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:23 pm

I say another team picks him up off waivers and makes him pitch again, I just hope it works out, what a waste of talent. Wonder what Leo in Atlanta or Don in Cincy could do with him???
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Postby Lofunzo » Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:30 pm

Did I miss something here?? By not making the team, I took that to mean that he would be sent down to the minors. Is he actually going on waivers??
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Postby Havok1517 » Thu Mar 10, 2005 5:32 pm

yes, he is out of options and will be put on waivers and sent down if no other team claims him, but someone will.
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Postby wkelly91 » Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:45 pm

Ankiels Hitting Stats: Next Stats >>

SEASON TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
1999 St. Louis Cardinals 9 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 .100 .100 .100
2000 St. Louis Cardinals 33 68 8 17 1 1 2 9 26 4 20 0 0 .292 .382 .250
2001 St. Louis Cardinals 6 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .111 .000 .000
2004 St. Louis Cardinals 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .500 .000 .000

Career Totals 53 87 9 18 1 1 2 9 27 6 29 0 0 .258 .310 .207

It has happened before....but not often. Bobby Darwin had some reasonably good years after starting as a pitcher.

Bobby Darwin OF updated through Tuesday, February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST

Pitching Stats: Next Stats >>

SEASON TEAM W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV SVO IP H R ER HR HBP BB SO
1962 Los Angeles Angels 0 1 10.80 1 1 0 0 0 --- 3.1 8 6 4 0 0 4 6
1969 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 9.82 3 0 0 0 0 --- 3.2 4 4 4 0 2 5 0

Career Totals 0 1 10.29 4 1 0 0 0 --- 7.0 12 10 8 0 2 9 6

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SEASON TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG
1962 Los Angeles Angels 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1969 Los Angeles Dodgers 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1971 Los Angeles Dodgers 11 20 2 5 1 0 1 4 9 2 9 0 0 .318 .450 .250
1972 Minnesota Twins 145 513 48 137 20 2 22 80 227 38 145 2 3 .326 .442 .267
1973 Minnesota Twins 145 560 69 141 20 2 18 90 219 46 137 5 2 .309 .391 .252
1974 Minnesota Twins 152 575 67 152 13 7 25 94 254 37 127 1 3 .322 .442 .264
1975 Minnesota Twins 48 169 26 37 6 0 5 18 58 18 44 2 0 .307 .343 .219
1975 Milwaukee Brewers 55 186 19 46 6 2 8 23 80 11 54 4 1 .300 .430 .247
1976 Boston Red Sox 43 106 9 19 5 2 3 13 37 2 35 1 0 .216 .349 .179
1976 Milwaukee Brewers 25 73 6 18 3 1 1 5 26 6 16 0 0 .321 .356 .247
1977 Boston Red Sox 4 9 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 4 0 0 .222 .333 .222
1977 Chicago Cubs 11 12 2 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 5 0 0 .167 .250 .167

Career Totals 646 2224 250 559 76 16 83 328 916 160 577 15 9 .311 .412 .251
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Postby Havok1517 » Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:56 pm

An announcer said that is the way Stan Musial started, hey Babe Ruth too. Not saying Ankiel is anything on par with those all-time greats, but it has happened.
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