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Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Posted on: January 22, 2010 12:48 am
 

Seven seasons and a couple of positions into his major-league career, Rick Ankiel, the former pitcher turned outfielder, has crossed Missouri and will play for Kansas City in 2010, CBSSports.com has learned.

Ankiel and the Royals have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $3.25 million, according to sources, with a mutual option for 2011 worth $6 million.

Ankiel batted just .231 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 122 games with St. Louis last season. He started his career in St. Louis as a pitcher in 1999 before inexplicably losing his control and converting into an outfielder. He debuted as an outfielder in the majors in 2007.

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Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2010 3:02 pm
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Dear Barak.........judging from your name, and no disrespect is intended, baseball is a very new experience for you.  I would suspect the Kansas City Royals have been playing baseball longer than you've been alive.  These posts are intended to allow people to express opinions and ideas about the sport of baseball. You are not required to be an expert or to never make mistakes, but you are required to have some semblance of knowledge and understanding about the game.  I once knew a now retired Kansas City Royals player who told me he loved playing in Kansas City and that the fans were wonderful. I've been a lifetime Dodgers' fan and have never attended a Royals game in Kansas City, but everything I've witnessed or heard over the years suggests to me that Kansas City is a great franchise and has wonderful supportive fans.  The Royals have struggled over the past few years, but that doesn't mean they "suck" or that their fans are any less supportive.  Frankly, I expect the Royals to return to prominence. Maybe not this year, but in the fairly near future.

Ankiel is not a pitcher any longer for a very good reason and the Royals didn't sign him to pitch.  He should rebound in Kansas City. He might not hit a ton of Home Runs, but his average will rise. As for Grienke, he's the real deal. He truly stands out as the ace of that ballclub.

So, if you have opinions about teams or players, at least make an effort to do some research and think through your opinion before you post this kind of nonsense in the future.



Since: Jan 23, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2010 2:20 pm
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

You need to look up the word mediocre! I guess breaking Dizzy Deans strikeout record for a rookie is "Mediocre".HGH let it go, at the time it wasn't breaking the rules of baseball.You sound like yu really know lots of baseball,every played?Clown love to see you play




Since: Jan 23, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2010 12:37 pm
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

I am sorry to see him leave.  He was great in center field and you just have to respect a guy who can come all the way back to the Majors as an everyday player after success (albeit, short-lived) as a starting pitcher.  I wish him great success in KC!!



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2010 11:40 am
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Good Luck Rick.  America Loves the comback story!



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2010 3:49 am
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

I won't deny Lincecum's awesomeness... or Matt Cain's, either... but, though Zack plays in the hitting-light AL Central, he still plays in the big boy league... stop to think about how many AL guys' stats balloon when they switch to the NL... pitchers included... it's why you can pretty much guess that Roy Halladay has got like a 75% chance of winning the NL Cy Young this year... I think that it is very possible that Lincecum would be number 2 (not on the initial rotation of the season, perhaps, but over the course of the year) in either the Royals' rotation (behind Zack) or the Mariners' rotation (behind Felix Hernandez).

Again, do not misread this... Lincecum is AWESOME and I often wish that the Royals could have drafted and signed him instead of Luke Hochevar, BUT he would still be the number 2 in KC, though he would have reached ace-dom a year sooner than Zack. Still, who wouldn't KILL to have a rotation that started with the names Greinke and Lincecum (in whichever order you prefer)?

Zack + Lincecum would be a lot like Schilling and Johnson were in Arizona, or, day I say it, like Lee and Hernandez could be in Seattle this year.



Since: Jan 23, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2010 1:01 am
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Although I agree Zak is a great pitcher and a #1 on most teams I know he'd be the #2 and possibly the #3 in SF where Lincecum is number 1 and Cain maybe even better then Zak.



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 11:56 pm
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

f- u dude,you always got to throw it in our face!!!you plain out cheated i live in kansas city.all you people suck,your the worst drivers in the world the politicians can't even pass a law were you can drive faster than 25 mph.all you kcitians got your finger up your butt!!!!!!!



Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 10:23 pm
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Yeah, you're right.  Too bad he's only gonna "earn" 3.5 million this year.  Ankiel is a horrible player and St. Louis fans should be happy he is gone.



Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2010 7:59 pm
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

I went to the Pittsburg Pirates at Baltimore Orioles  World Series and enjoyed myself and...oh thats right you aren't old enough to know about anything other than modern day...hmmm I wonder how many cardinals have made it to the Hall of Fame since 1975???



Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2010 7:51 pm
 

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Cards Rule NL, Ankiel did not play on the 06 team, as the article clearly says, he debuted as an outfielder in 07.

Buy you are otherwise correct. He's doomed.


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