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Rick Ankiel

St. Louis Cardinals — No. 24
Right field
Born: July 19, 1979 (1979-07-19) (age 28)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Major League Baseball debut
August 23, 1999 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Selected MLB statistics
(through September 6, 2007)
At bats     168
Batting average     .280
Home runs     11
RBIs     38
Slugging pct.     .530
Teams

Richard Alexander "Rick" Ankiel (born July 19, 1979, in Fort Pierce, Florida) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. Image File history File links Current_sport. ... example of a first day of issue postmark. ... The position of the right fielder A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in right field (e. ... is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... is the 235th day of the year (236th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... In baseball statistics, slugging average (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... is the 200th day of the year (201st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Fort Pierce is a city in St. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ...


Ankiel began his career in the majors as a starting pitcher, posting an excellent rookie season in 2000 with 11 wins and 7 losses, but during the playoffs that year, he suddenly found himself unable to consistently throw strikes. After a few years of struggling with injuries and command, he abandoned pitching in 2005 and began to work his way back up to the major leagues as an outfielder, finally succeeding in August 2007, becoming the only active major leaguer to have played as a full-time major-league pitcher and position player. Shortly thereafter, his homecoming was mired in controversy when the New York Daily News reported that he had received shipments of human growth hormone in 2004. In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Human growth hormone can refer to: For physiology of human growth hormone, see growth hormone. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Early career

Ankiel attended Port St. Lucie High School in Florida in which he went 11-1 with a 0.47 ERA during his senior season, striking out 162 batters in 74.0 innings pitched, and was named the High School Player of the Year by USA Today in 1997. He was also named 1st High School All-American pitcher. Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...


Ankiel signed with the Cardinals straight out of high school, given a $2.5 million signing bonus, the fifth-highest ever given to an amateur player. In 1998, he was Carolina League All-Star starting pitcher, Baseball America's first team Minor League All-Star starting pitcher, voted the best pitching prospect in both the Carolina and Midwest leagues, and was Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Carolina League is a minor league baseball affiliation which operates in the South Atlantic region of the United States. ... Baseball America is an alternative Major League Baseball resource, with in-depth coverage of every level of the game and a particular focus on up-and-coming players. ...


In 1999, he was named the Minor League Player of the Year by both USA Today and Baseball America. He was also Texas League All-Star pitcher, Double-A All-Star starting pitcher, Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year, and Baseball America 1st team Minor League All-Star starting pitcher. He was considered one of the finest pitching prospects in several years. The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... Baseball America is an alternative Major League Baseball resource, with in-depth coverage of every level of the game and a particular focus on up-and-coming players. ... The Texas League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the South Central United States. ...


Major Leagues

Ankiel debuted in 1999 in Montreal, against the Expos. He pitched his first full season in 2000 at the age of 20 (second youngest in the league), in which he posted an 11-7 record and a 3.50 ERA (ninth in the league) and 194 strikeouts (seventh in the league) in 30 games started for St. Louis. The most impressive of Ankiel's stats showed his dominance over hitters — he struck out batters at a rate of 9.98 strikeouts per nine innings (second in the National League only to Randy Johnson), and allowed only 7.05 hits per nine innings (second only to Chan Ho Park). He came in second (to the Atlanta Braves' Rafael Furcal) in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... The Montreal Expos (French: Les Expos de Montréal) were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 until 2004. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2000 throughout the world. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... Cincinnati Reds outfielder Adam Dunn strikes out swinging to Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (not pictured). ... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... For other persons named Randy Johnson, see Randy Johnson (disambiguation). ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... Chan Ho Park (born June 30, 1973 in Kongju, South Korea) is a Korean baseball pitcher who currently plays for the Major League Baseball Texas Rangers. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Rafael Antoni Furcal (born August 24, 1977 in Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic), nicknamed Fookie, is a shortstop in Major League Baseball who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ...


Ankiel threw a 94- to 97-mph fastball, a heavy sinker with great movement, and a devastating 12-to-6 curveball that was his main strikeout pitch. For the American band of the same name, see Fastball (band). ... In baseball, a sinker is a type of fastball pitch similar to the two-seam fastball which has significant downward movement. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Downfall

The Cardinals won the National League Central Division championship in 2000. Injuries to other pitchers left Ankiel and Darryl Kile as the only fully healthy starters left on the Cardinal roster. Wanting to maximize their appearances, and due to the fact that Ankiel, only 20 years old and without much major league experience, needed four days of rest between starts, manager Tony La Russa chose Ankiel to start Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves, against veteran Braves pitcher Greg Maddux. Also wanting to shield Ankiel from the inevitable pressures of such a role, La Russa had Kile answer questions to the media as if he were starting Game 1, and it was only afterwards that he informed media members that Ankiel was in fact starting. The National League Central Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2000 throughout the world. ... Darryl Andrew Kile (December 2, 1968 – June 22, 2002) was an American right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three National League teams, the last being the St. ... Tony La Russa after the 2006 World Series Anthony La Russa, Jr. ... The 2000 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2000 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a wild card team – participating in two best-of-five series. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. ...


The Cardinals jumped to a lead early in Game 1, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ankiel had walked two batters in the top of the first, as well as allowed a single, but escaped unscathed. He also allowed a double in the second inning, after striking out the leadoff batter, but ended the inning with a double play. It was in the third inning that Ankiel lost control; he allowed 4 runs on 2 hits, walking 4 and throwing 5 wild pitches before being removed with two outs. Here is the play-by-play from that inning: Inning is a town in the district of Erding in Bavaria in Germany. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Intentional base on balls. ... In baseball, a wild pitch (WP) is charged to a pitcher when a pitch is too high, too low, or too wide of home plate for the catcher to field capably, thereby allowing one or more runners to advance or to score. ...

Greg Maddux walked; Rafael Furcal popped to Will Clark in foul territory; Ankiel threw a wild pitch (Maddux to second); Ankiel threw a wild pitch (Maddux to third); Andruw Jones walked; Ankiel threw a wild pitch (A. Jones to 2nd); Chipper Jones was called out on strikes; Andrés Galarraga walked (Maddux scored on wild pitch by Ankiel; A. Jones to 3rd); Brian Jordan singled to Ray Lankford (A. Jones scored, Galarraga to 2nd); Ankiel threw a wild pitch (Galarraga to 3rd, Jordan to 2nd); Reggie Sanders walked; Walt Weiss singled to Lankford (Galarraga scored, Jordan scored, Sanders to 2nd); Mike James replaced Ankiel; Javy López popped to Fernando Viña; 4 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Braves 4, Cardinals 6.[1]

Ankiel shrugged off the event, joking about the fact that he was the first pitcher to throw five wild pitches in an inning since Bert Cunningham of the Players League in 1890.[2] But in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets, Ankiel was removed in the first inning after throwing only 20 pitches, five of which went past catcher Eli Marrero (only two were official wild pitches, as no runners were on base for the others). Ankiel appeared again in the seventh inning of game five, facing four hitters, walking two, and throwing two more wild pitches. The Cardinals lost the series four games to one to the Mets. The source of Ankiel's problems was apparently not mechanical. His decline has been compared to that of Steve Blass, who also became unable to consistently throw strikes for mysterious reasons. Gregory Alan Maddux (born April 14, 1966) is a pitcher for the San Diego Padres. ... Rafael Antoni Furcal (born August 24, 1977 in Loma de Cabrera, Dominican Republic), nicknamed Fookie, is a shortstop in Major League Baseball who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... William Nuschler Clark, Jr. ... Andruw Rudolf Jones [pronounced An-drew] (born April 23, 1977, in Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles) is a baseball player. ... Larry Wayne Chipper Jones, Jr. ... Andrés José Padovani Galarraga [gal-lar-RAH-ga] (born June 18, 1961 in Caracas, Venezuela) was a Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the Montreal Expos, St. ... Brian ONeal Jordan (born March 29, 1967 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman. ... Raymond Lewis Lankford (born June 5, 1967 in Los Angeles, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who has played for the St. ... Reginald Laverne Reggie Sanders (born December 1, 1967) is currently the starting left fielder for the Kansas City Royals baseball team. ... Walter William Weiss (born November 28, 1963 in Tuxedo, New York) is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball who played for the Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and Atlanta Braves. ... Mike James (born August 15, 1967 in Fort Walton, Florida), is a retired professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1995-2002. ... Javier Torres López (born November 5, 1971 in Ponce, Puerto Rico), better known as Javy López, is a Major League Baseball catcher who is currently a free agent. ... Fernando Viña (pronounced VEEN-ya) (born April 16, 1969 in Sacramento, California) is a retired Major League Baseball second baseman and current MLB broadcaster for ESPN. From 1993 through 2005, Viña played for the Seattle Mariners (1993), New York Mets (1994), Milwaukee Brewers (1995-99), St Louis Cardinals... Ellsworth Elmer Bert Cunningham (November 25, 1865 in Wilmington, Delaware - May 14, 1952 in Cragmere, Delaware), is a former professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1887-1901. ... The Players League, also known as The Brotherhood, was an attempt to establish a third major baseball league in 1890. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1890 throughout the world. ... The 2000 National League Championship Series, to determine the champion of Major League Baseballs National League, was played between the Central Division champion St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... Elieser Marrero (born November 17, 1973 in Havana, Cuba), is a Major League Baseball player who most recently played for the St. ... Steve Blass (born April 18, 1942 in Canaan, Connecticut) is a former Major League Baseball right handed pitcher and a current broadcast announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. ...


Aftermath

Rick Ankiel in the Minor Leagues

Ankiel returned to the majors in 2001 but again had issues controlling his pitches, walking 25 batters and throwing five wild pitches in 24 innings, and was sent down to AAA. Here his problems became dramatic. In 4.1 innings, Ankiel walked 17 batters and threw 12 wild pitches, accumulating an ERA of 20.77. He was sent all the way down to the Rookie League Johnson City Cardinals, where he was successful as both a starting pitcher and a part-time designated hitter (sporting a .638 slugging percentage with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs in 105 at bats). He was voted Rookie Level Player of the Year, Appalachian League All-Star left-handed pitcher, Rookie League All-Star starting pitcher, Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year, and Appalachian League All-Star designated hitter. . Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... The Johnson City Cardinals are a rookie league team based out of Johnson City, Tennessee. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... The Appalachian League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the Virginia and Tennessee region. ...


In 2002, Ankiel sat the whole season with a left elbow sprain, and was finally cleared to pitch in December. He returned to the minors in 2003, posting a 6.20 ERA in 10 starts before undergoing season-ending ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) for his left elbow in July. In 54.1 innings, he walked 49 batters and threw 10 wild pitches. This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... The ulnar collateral ligament (internal lateral ligament) is a thick triangular band consisting of two portions, an anterior and posterior united by a thinner intermediate portion. ... Tommy John (1960s) Thomas Edward John Jr. ... Tommy John surgery, known by doctors as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (or UCL), is a surgical procedure in which a ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body (often from the forearm, hamstring, knee, or foot of the patient). ...


Ankiel returned to the majors in September 2004, posting a 5.40 ERA in five relief appearances. Ankiel's control was impressive, as he walked just one while striking out nine in ten innings. In the minors, similarly, he walked only two batters in 23.2 innings, while striking out 23. The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ...


On March 9, 2005, after a successful winter pitching in the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League, Ankiel announced that he was switching to the outfield[3], after an unsuccessful practice outing in which his wildness reappeared, as he threw only three strikes out of 20 pitches. He slugged .514 in single A, and .515 in double A, with 5 outfield assists in 55 games. is the 68th day of the year (69th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... The Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League (Spanish: or LBPPR) is the main professional baseball league in Puerto Rico. ...


In 2006, Ankiel was invited to spring training with the major league squad again, but this time as an outfielder. He had a slim chance to make the team as a reserve player. His fielding impressed scouts and managers, and he had shown flashes of power hitting in the minor leagues. The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ...


However, he injured his left knee before the season started; he had to have season-ending surgery on it on May 26, 2006. is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ...

2007 season

Ankiel was invited to the Cardinals' 2007 spring training. In mid-March, manager Tony LaRussa said Ankiel probably didn't figure into the mix at the big-league level, but rather needed to play regularly at Class AAA Memphis as he continued his conversion from pitching. "It isn't because he isn't capable," La Russa said. "(But) unless you can guarantee that he would get 400 or 500 at-bats, it would be a bad move for him and for us." The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... Anthony LaRussa, Jr. ... League Pacific Coast League Division American Conference Year founded 1998 Major League affiliation St. ...


On Memorial Day May 28, 2007, Ankiel hit two home runs in Round Rock, Texas against the Round Rock Express. He also hit an RBI double and made a running over-the-shoulder catch in deep center field that saved two runs. Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed this year on 2007-05-28). ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... The Round Rock, from which the city takes its name, marked a low water wagon crossing in Brushy Creek. ... Class-Level Triple-A (2005-Present) Double-A (2000-2004) Minor League affiliations Pacific Coast League (2005-Present) American Conference - South Division Texas League (2000-2004) Major League affiliation Houston Astros (2000-Present) Current uniform Name Round Rock Express (2000-Present) Ballpark Dell Diamond All Sports Stadium Minor League titles... The position of the center fielder A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field - the baseball fielding position between left field and right field (e. ...


Ankiel was named a starting outfielder for the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game. Through August 8, he had 32 home runs, 89 RBIs and was hitting .267, including a three-home-run performance on June 16 at Iowa. He was the home-run leader in the Pacific Coast League at the time of his callup, plus tied for second in RBIs. Defensively, Ankiel had seven errors in 95 games. is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ...


Return to the majors

On August 9, 2007, the Cardinals promoted Ankiel [4] from the AAA Memphis Redbirds after a roster spot was vacated by Scott Spiezio due to a self-reported drug addiction problem. Ankiel batted second and played right field. In his first at bat in his return to the big leagues, Ankiel was greeted with a prolonged standing ovation from the appreciative St. Louis crowd. During the seventh inning, in his fourth at bat, he hit a three-run home run off Doug Brocail to right field to help the Cardinals defeat the San Diego Padres, 5-0. It was his first home run in the majors since April 26, 2000 when he hit it as a pitcher and this made him the first player since Clint Hartung (1947) to hit his first major league home run as a pitcher and then hit a later home run as a position player. The player before Hartung who accomplished this feat was Babe Ruth. After the game, manager Tony La Russa said that his only happier and prouder moment in a Cardinals' uniform was when he won the 2006 World Series.[5] is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... AAA refers to the highest level Minor league baseball affiliate of a team in Major League Baseball Teams in AAA are typically in the largest metropolitan areas without Major League Baseball franchises (Portland; Buffalo; Las Vegas; Columbus, Ohio; Fresno; Nashville; Norfolk, Virginia; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia;Indianapolis, Indiana... League Pacific Coast League Division American Conference Year founded 1998 Major League affiliation St. ... Scott Edward Spiezio (born September 21, 1972 in Joliet, Illinois) is a Major League Baseball player with the St. ... The position of the right fielder A right fielder, abbreviated RF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in right field (e. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... Douglas Keith Brocail (born May 16th, 1967 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania) is an American baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres franchise. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Other nicknames Pads, Friars Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Clinton Clarence Clint Hartung (born August 10, 1922 in Hondo, Texas) was an American baseball pitcher-outfielder with the New York Giants, whose name has become associated with promising rookies who have undistinguished careers. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1947 throughout the world. ... Babe Ruths number 3 was retired by the New York Yankees in 1948 George Herman Ruth, Jr. ... Tony La Russa after the 2006 World Series Anthony La Russa, Jr. ... Dates October 21, 2006–October 27, 2006 MVP David Eckstein Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver[1] Umpires Randy Marsh, Alfonso Marquez, Wally Bell, Mike Winters, John Hirschbeck, Tim McClelland The 2006 World Series, the 102nd edition of Major League Baseballs championship series, began on October...


Two days later, against the Dodgers on August 11, Ankiel drew three standing ovations with both his batting and fielding. At the plate he went 3-4, with two home runs and three RBI and made a spectacular catch in right field in the eighth inning, which saved an almost certain extra base hit. is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ...


Ankiel's comeback prompted syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer to write on August 17, 2007: "His return after seven years -- if only three days long -- is the stuff of legend. Made even more perfect by the timing: Just two days after Barry Bonds sets a synthetic home run record in San Francisco, the Natural returns to St. Louis."[6] Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer (born 13 March 1950), is a neoconservative, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, and commentator. ... Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) He is the son of former Major League All-Star Bobby Bonds, cousin of Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, and the godson of Hall of Famer Willie Mays. ... Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California) He is the son of former Major League All-Star Bobby Bonds, cousin of Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, and the godson of Hall of Famer Willie Mays. ... The Natural is a 1952 novel about baseball written by Bernard Malamud. ...


He hit the first Grand Slam of his career in the bottom of the 6th inning at St. Louis against left-hand pitcher Eddie Guardado of the Cincinnati Reds on August 31, 2007 with the team trailing 4-3, for an eventual 8-5 win that helped propel manager Tony La Russa to break a first-place tie with Red Schoendienst for most wins by a Cardinals' manager. In the sport of baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all the bases occupied, thereby scoring 4 runs - the most possible on a single play. ... The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... Edward Adrian “Eddie” Guardado (born October 2, 1970 in Stockton, California) is a closer in Major League Baseball who plays for the Cincinnati Reds. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Other nicknames The Redlegs, The Big Red Machine... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Tony La Russa after the 2006 World Series Anthony La Russa, Jr. ... Albert Fred Red Schoendienst (born February 2, 1923) is an American former player and manager in Major League Baseball. ...


HGH Allegations

On September 6, 2007, the New York Daily News reported that Ankiel had purchased 12 months' worth of human growth hormone from a Florida pharmacy from January through December 2004.[7] The drugs, which were delivered to Ankiel in eight shipments from Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, Florida, were obtained through a prescription issued by Florida physician William Gogan, who was working at the Palm Beach Gardens-based clinic The Health and Rejuvenation Center[7], 8 miles from Ankiel's Jupiter, Florida home. The shipments came to light as a result of an investigation by Albany County, New York District Attorney David Soares.[7] Per the Daily News investigation, "THARC was not one of the anti-aging clinics busted by Albany, but Signature's owners are under indictment." Professional baseball did not have rules against the use of HGH until 2005, so it remains unclear if Ankiel would be subject to disciplinary action from Major League Baseball if he is found to have been in possession of the banned substance. is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Human growth hormone can refer to: For physiology of human growth hormone, see growth hormone. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida. ... Jupiter is a town located in Palm Beach County, Florida. ... Location in the state of New York Formed November 1, 1683 Seat Albany Area  - Total  - Water 1,381 km² (533 mi²) 25 km² (10 mi²) 1. ... P. David Soares (born October 26, 1969, Brava, Cape Verde) is the current Albany County District Attorney. ...


The prescription itself could have had medical benefit to stimulate synthesis of collagen, which would have aided recovery from his Tommy John surgery; however, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, if the reason is determined not to be for a use authorized by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the act of providing the drug might have been illegal. [8] Tropocollagen triple helix. ... The United States Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (abbreviated as FFDCA, FDCA, or FD&C), is a set of laws passed by Congress in 1938 giving authority to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to oversee the safety of food, drugs, and cosmetics. ... The United States Department of Health and Human Services, often abbreviated HHS, is a Cabinet department of the United States government with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. ...


References

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  3. ^ Leach, Matthew. "Ankiel to switch from mound to outfield", MLB.com, 2005-03-09. Accessed 2007-08-10.
  4. ^ Salter, Jim. "Cardinals Call Up Ankiel As Outfielder", ABC News, 2007-08-09. Accessed 2007-08-10.
  5. ^ Fallstrom, R.B. "St. Louis 5, San Diego 0", AP Sports, 2005-08-09.
  6. ^ Krauthammer, Charles."The Natural Returns to St. Louis", Townhall.com, 2007-08-14. Accessed 2007-08-14.
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