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Rick Ankiel undergoes elbow surgery as he attempts MLB comeback as a pitcher

Rick Ankiel’s attempt to return to baseball as a pitcher will be delayed a bit. Yahoo Sports reports that Ankiel had ligament reattachment surgery in October. Per the report, Ankiel is looking at a return at some point next season.

Wait, what?

Yes, it’s true. That Rick Ankiel is trying to make a comeback as a pitcher after making a comeback as a position player. What a story this would be.

So, is this heartwarming, a tragedy, or a farce?

QLE Posted: November 09, 2018 at 07:55 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: comeback, elbow surgery, rick ankiel

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   1. Ziggy's screen name Posted: November 09, 2018 at 08:55 AM (#5784779)
Is "heartwarming tragic farce" an option?

At least Ankiel is one of the more interesting players in baseball history. That's something that (by definition) most player's can't say.
   2. Zonk Sits on the Stool next to Slats Steely Posted: November 09, 2018 at 09:08 AM (#5784784)
I think he should just learn to pitch right-handed and throw a knuckleball... that would be pretty freaking cool.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: November 09, 2018 at 09:17 AM (#5784788)
Amazing. I had no idea. He's 39. Future mop-up/LOOGY/6thOF?
   4. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: November 09, 2018 at 09:20 AM (#5784789)
In the Atlantic League, sure.
   5. PreservedFish Posted: November 09, 2018 at 09:29 AM (#5784793)
I believe!
   6. Swoboda is freedom Posted: November 09, 2018 at 10:00 AM (#5784808)
It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 09, 2018 at 10:49 AM (#5784843)
Amazing. I had no idea. He's 39. Future mop-up/LOOGY/6thOF?
I mean, if he just keeps himself in shape, eventually ML bullpens will expand to encompass Ankiel, Mark Prior, Ugueth Urbina upon release, and Ted Danson as Sam Malone.

Seriously, though, I'm rooting for him. A friend of mine played with him briefly in Omaha in 2010 and says he was a good guy, lots of good stories and treated the "real" minor leaguers well.
   8. Bote Man Posted: November 09, 2018 at 11:28 AM (#5784871)
If he wants to pitch into his 40s he's gonna have to put on a lot of weight to catch up to Bartolo.
   9. DanG Posted: November 09, 2018 at 11:54 AM (#5784903)
Ankiel is eligible for the upcoming BBWAA ballot for the Hall of Fame. Although, with only 8.9 career WAR he may not get past the screening committee.
   10. Ziggy's screen name Posted: November 09, 2018 at 11:57 AM (#5784906)
If he made it back to the majors his clock would reset. But not if he's playing in the minors. When was the last time an active minor league player got HOF votes? (Or even appeared on a ballot?)
   11. Traderdave Posted: November 09, 2018 at 12:18 PM (#5784919)
When was the last time an active minor league player got HOF votes? (Or even appeared on a ballot?)


Rickey?
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: November 09, 2018 at 12:31 PM (#5784929)
Jose Rijo, I would imagine. Received two votes in 2001. Played in 01 and 02. Shut out in 08.

And Jim Palmer tried a comeback in 1990 after being voted into the Hall a month earlier, but he abandoned his effort after one spring training start.
   13. ajnrules Posted: November 09, 2018 at 12:40 PM (#5784934)
So he's trying to be the next Adam Loewen?

If Dave Stieb decided to wait another year he could have accomplished it. It's a shame Johan Santana gave up on his comeback attempts because he could have done it earlier this year.
   14. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: November 09, 2018 at 12:54 PM (#5784942)
I don't know, but I assume that if you're on the ballot for, say, four years, then briefly appear in the majors again, you wait five years and then pick up back where you left off, with six years of eligibility left. Right?
   15. DanG Posted: November 09, 2018 at 01:11 PM (#5784965)
if you're on the ballot for, say, four years, then briefly appear in the majors again, you wait five years and then pick up back where you left off, with six years of eligibility left. Right?
The rules as written would allow him ten more years.
3. Eligible Candidates -- Candidates to be eligible must meet the following requirements:

A. A baseball player must have been active as a player in the Major Leagues at some time during a period beginning fifteen (15) years before and ending five (5) years prior to election.

However, the practice under the old 5-to-20-year window limit was to allow only 15 years maximum on the ballot for reinstated players (although this was never codified in the actual rules for election). So I assume your take is correct.
   16. phredbird Posted: November 09, 2018 at 06:22 PM (#5785204)
6 beat me to it.

but i will say i am part of the consensus that is rooting for ol' rick. i felt so bad for him when he blew up in the playoffs so many years ago.

and then there's this.

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