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Pujols  
Subject:  Ankiel gives up pitching to become outfielder
Date:  3/09/05, 3:15pm

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Message #735 of 6634  *NEW*
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Reedster  
Subject:  Re: Ankiel gives up pitching to become outfielder
Date:  3/9/05, 2:38pm
From the article:
Ankiel said he's been thinking of making the switch since he left winter ball in Puerto Rico after feeling a twinge in his elbow. He was impressive in his first time throwing to hitters this spring, but the outings since then have been erratic."This whole time, the frustration that built up, it seems like it was really eroding my spirit and starting to affect my personality off the field as well," Ankiel said. "It just became apparent that it was time for me to move on and pursue becoming an outfielder. I feel relieved now and I'm happy to move on."Ankiel is a career .207 hitter in the major leagues, going 18-for-87 with two homers, a double, a triple and nine RBI. He played some at designated hitter for the Cardinals' rookie league team in Johnson City, Tenn., where he hit 10 homers in 2001.

Career .207 hitter? This guy was so highly touted as a pitcher before his melt-down that this is tragic.

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