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Rick Ankiel Isn’t Exciting Anybody for the First Time Ever

Published by on May 31, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Rick Ankiel has done a lot of things over the course of his MLB career.

But never this. He's never been boring.

As a young pitcher fresh out of his teen years, Ankiel electrified and then horrified. Before he melted down in the playoffs against Atlanta, Ankiel had one of the top strikeout per nine innings ratios in all of baseball. His fastball was Randy Johnson-esque, his curveball was Zito-esque.

And even as an outfielder, Ankiel has been anything but boring. Spectacular throws, natural, raw power at the plate, and a knack for the dramatic. Coming into his first opportunity to be an unrestricted free agent, many Cardinals fans were worried that Ankiel, a Scott Boras client, would have a monster season a...

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