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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: May 21, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 4:01 am

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

 Zack Greinke isn't there ace no matter what they say. 
Barak, I have to say that I'm pretty confused by your statement. Ankiel will never pitch in the majors again. He was lucky enough to resurrect his career once. Given his stats from last year it's pretty much a no brainer to take this deal! I honestly don't think he cares about attendance.

I'm gonna' make this one real simple. If Zack Greinke(A.L. Cy Young winner) isn't their ace, who is?

With respect,

Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2010 3:38 am

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Words cannot describe how utterly ridiculous every point of your post is - and that's hard to do.  Make Rick Ankiel a pitcher?  Did you see how that worked out the last time he tried?  Royals fans complain and whine a lot?  About what?  Have you been to Kauffman Stadium?  We may "moan" or "sigh" - or laugh - during a game from time to time but we've had to put up with a lot of BAD baseball.  Look up the words "complain" and "whine".  None of that at the K.  There is actually MORE pressure for the Royals to win BECAUSE they "suck".  That's how it works, smart guy.  Win a World Series?  No.  Go .500+?  Sure.  There's still pressure to win, though.  Zack Greinke is a Cy Young winner.  Not only is he the Royals' ace, he is the reigning ace of all aces in the American League. But, no matter what "they" say ("they" being the Cy Young Award voters, any reputable sports writer/broadcaster, and everyone who voted for him as an All-Star), he isn't really an ace?  You're an idiot.  You can deny it, but you'd be wrong.  But you're used to that, I can tell.   

Baseball clearly isn't your sport, guy.  Might as well stay away from commenting about Kansas City, too.  Your points are either painfully obvious or flat-out wrong - typically, as far as I can tell from this thread, the latter.  You don't HAVE to comment on the stories if you don't know what to say.  It's optional. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2010 2:36 am

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

They should make him a pitcher. He plays for the Royals who play in an empty stadium (no fans although they do complain and whine alot) and they really need pitching. There is less pressure to win because everyone knows that the Royals suck. Zack Greinke isn't there ace no matter what they say. 

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2010 1:31 am

Ankiel to sign with Kansas City

Always liked Rick Ankiel.  Too bad he is going to spend the next season or two in baseball purgatory.  I can't really think of any worse places to play (from a winning standpoint)  other than Pittsburgh or Baltimore.  Oh well, guess he already got his ring in '06.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2010 1:13 am

Good Luck Rick!!

If he can just cut down on his strikeouts and raise his average some, he'll be a good pick up for KC. Even if he only raises his average to .270, with his defense hed still be a plus player

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