The Bizarre Career of Rick Ankiel
Some of you might enjoy reading the unique perspective that Joe Posnanski had on this subject:
He even managed to drop in a quote from The Old Lefthander at the end.
Ankiel tried to pitch again the next season, but something had been irrevocably lost. Confidence? Stability? A sense of self? No one knew then and, I suspect, no one really knows now. Ankiel walked 25 in 24 Major League innings and was sent back to the same Memphis minor league team where he had dominated just two years earlier. There — and pay close attention to these numbers because they will seem like a misprint — he walked 17 batters and threw 12 wild pitches in 4 1/3 innings.
Re: The Bizarre Career of Rick Ankiel
I liked this, after talking about Ankiel's season thus far (24 K's in 38 AB's; no walks, 5 HR's, 2 doubles & 2 singles with no walks):
It’s utterly astonishing. You can get ridiculous playing the “on-pace” game, but how can you not do the math for Ankiel? If he could maintain this pace for 600 plate appearances, he would hit 79 home runs, and he would strike out 379 times. He would walk, if my math’s correct here, zero times.