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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, 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.

Category: MLB

Since: Jan 11, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2010 2:03 pm

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Wow, that post was full of ignorance...I usually keep it positive on the boards but wow!  Grienke was a Cy Young winner...enough said.  Empty stadium?  The Royals fans come to the games...start paying attention before blasting your mouth Barak!

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 1:51 pm

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

i've cheered for a lot of redbirds in my time,bob gibson,lou brock,tom pagnozzi,david green.the list is long and far.but my heart has died today.i've lost some of the color red and not sure if it can be least livin' here in kansas city  i can get a autograph,but there is no royal blue in my soul!!!!march on redbirds!!!

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2010 1:47 pm

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Empty stadium?????   Last year's attendance averaged 22,473 per game...... San Marcos is just outside San Diego.....they averaged 23,735.....and, by the way,  I've seen many games in both stadiums.    Kauffman Stadium in KC simply provides a better experience than Petco.....Now KC doesn't have the beach or weather.....but the stadium is not empty either.....

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2010 1:47 pm

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Big surprise...nonsense out of a guy named Barak.  I've never heard bigger whiner fans than St. Louis - still not over '85...hilarious!!!!

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 1:44 pm

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

i've enjoyed watching rick played for my beloved redbirds for 7 seasons.i've been thrilled ever since he made it back to the majors as a heart is flying at half mast today as he is no longer a redbird. i'll miss you least now i can have a autograph.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 1:33 pm

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Man, there are some real geniuses  on this site!! Greinke could be the ace of ANY team and this guy says he is not the ace of the Royals lowly staff!! What a joker!!! Here is a quick news flash in case you were aslep last year:

 Greinke wins AL Cy Young award: has won the AL Cy Young Award, beating out after a spectacular season short on wins but long on domination. Greinke had a 16-8 record with a 2.16 ERA for the Royals. Hernandez went 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA for the Mariners. Greinke received 25 first-place votes and three seconds for 134 points in balloting released Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Hernandez drew two firsts, 23 seconds and one third for 80 points

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2010 1:26 pm

Closest thing to signing a Minor League contract

Signing with either Kansas City or Pittsburgh is the closest thing to signing w/ a minor league team but still getting major league coin. 

I admire Ankiel for re-inventing himself after his pitching career abruptly ended but I'm guessing he's got some holes in his swing that opposing teams have identified which is causing the low batting average.  He doesn't have enough power to warrant the low average so he's looking like a guy that's career might be coming to an end.  At $3.25 million though it's not that saddest story on the planet. 

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2010 1:19 pm

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

I have to agree with the earlier poster who brought up the horrific collision with the OF wall that Ankiel suffered in May. I don't think he fully recovered from that (both physically and mentally). KC will be a fresh start for him. I would not be surprised by a .270/.340/.500 line this season. He will get lot's of playing time and should shuffle between OF/DH. I think this is a good signing by the Royals.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 12:48 pm

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Really, guys?  You gave this troll Barak this much satisfaction by continuing to respond to him?  That's all trolls are looking for. 

My first thought on this was how great a story it would be if Ankiel could become a solid major league outfielder.  It would be two tremendous stories of trial and tribulation on the same team in Grienke and Ankiel.

Good luck to KC and Rick Ankiel!

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 12:47 pm

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

I usually just read and not reply, but I noticed your "Superstar" level and then realized that it means absolutely nothing!  Because that may be the most inaccurate evaluation of a situation that I have read..... I mean considering your "superstar" level and all.  It wouldn't bother me so much if your level was "Kindergarten" because you expect that level not to know anything.  Considering the situation in KC, Zack Greinke would have been the "ACE" on any team in baseball, either league, much less for KC.  They have very solid pitching, problem is scoring runs.  They have one the best CLOSERS in the league, and a SOLID rotation.  Asorias' save numbers only suffer for lack of chances, due to the lack of RUNS.....At this point in Ankiels' career, it would be the dumbest thing they could possibly do for him and for the team, is to try to bring him back to pitching.....They need a run producing outfielder, and Ankiel has a Good Chance to be just that....If you subtract the years he pitched, his Professional hitting experience (Minor/Major League service) is really only around five or so years.  It took many Great players at least that long to be the players that they are.  This is a great deal for both sides, and yes, it is a gamble for both, but the one and only thing that your right about, less pressure to win in KC, makes it a perfect fit.  Like Ankiels' hitting has much potential so do the Royals.  If they stay healthy, like any team, and could get .275-20+HRs-75+runs-80+rbis, which is Very doable for Ankiel, they can challenge for a playoff spot.  Because their PITCHING is that good.  If Rick starts to hit the ball to opposite field gap in that big KC outfield, and stays healthy, he has the potiental to hit around .300 and still hit 30HRs.  But I think his chance to be a consistant run producer does depend on his willingness to learn to hit to the opposite gap. 

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