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October 23, 2012 at Il Bacio and Prime
Rick is a Florida native and attended Port St Lucie High School where 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 a first-team high-school All-American pitcher
In 1999, he was named the Minor League Player of the Year by both Baseball America and USA Today. He was alsoTexas League All-Star pitcher, Double-A All-Star starting pitcher, Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year, and Baseball America First Team Minor League All-Star starting pitcher.
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), posting an 11–7 record, a 3.50 ERA (tenth in the league), and 194 strikeouts (seventh in the league) in 30 games started. Ankiel threw a 94- to 97-mph fastball, a heavy sinker, and a fall-off-the-table curveball that was his main strikeout pitch. He struck out batters at a rate of 9.98 strikeouts per nine innings, second in the league, and allowed only 7.05 hits per nine innings. He came in second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. He received The Sporting News Rookie Player of the Year Award.
In 2005 he switched positions and became an outfielder. Only 12 players in MLB History have debuted as a pitcher and then switched to be a position player. The last MLB player to do it was Clint Hartung in 1947. Rick plays all three outfield positions. He has suited up for the Cardinals, Royals, Braves and Nationals. Rick is known for his defense and has arguably the best arm in all of baseball.
Only two players in MLB history have pitched 20 innings and hit 25 home runs in a season. Rick Ankiel and Babe Ruth.
Rick makes his offseason home in Jupiter with his wife, Lory and two sons.
Rick is participating in a JDRF event to help find a cure for diabetes! People everywhere are joining together to make a difference and support the important research that will cure this disease. Can you help support his fundraising efforts by making a donation?
JDRF's mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF is the world's largest charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research and is responsible for more than $1billion in direct funding since it was founded. JDRF funds research with the greatest impact throughout the world, leading to results as soon as possible.
Team JDRF...our goal is the cure.
Brittany Ericksen donated $24.24
10/25/2012 You're my favorite player! I'm dressing up as you for Halloween.
Julie Huebsch donated $25.00
10/23/2012 Good luck with your fundraising! We miss you in DC!
Anonymous donated $100.00
Melissa Efron donated $50.00
10/11/2012 Good Luck! Love you guys!