Rick Ankiel resurfaces with Houston Astros

  • David Whitlock

The Houston Astros have invited Rick Ankiel to their camp in Kissimmee, Florida, and a non-roster invitee.  This might be a huge break for Ankiel, who will be competing for a job on a team that has been the worst in baseball for two straight years and have positions open for audition.  To wit, only 3 players had more than 10 HR on last years’ Astros “nunnery row” and Jed Lowrie at .244 had the highest average among the three.

To answer your first question, he will be trying out as a hitter.  To answer your second question, he is only 33 years old.  To answer your third question, there is no doubt if he lights the first half on fire (let’s just say .280+ and 15 homers by August 1), he will be traded.

Back to Ankiel, he’s probably running out of opportunity here, I imagine that if you can’t make the Astros, you’re probably not going to have a lot of other bidders swooping in.  Credit to him for sticking it out, especially after his somewhat successful, but implosive pitching career.  And here’s hoping he has some success!

– Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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