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Old 03-09-2005, 12:22 PM   #1
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Do we have an official MLB 2k5 thread yet?

If not then this is it.

News for the Cardinals camp...

Rick "The Phenom" Ankiel has retired as a pitcher and will give the outfield a shot.

Craziness....
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As of Tuesday night, Rick Ankiel was slated to be the Cardinals' starting pitcher in a "B" game against the Marlins on Wednesday morning. By 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday, rain had washed out that game and Ankiel was ready to announce he wouldn't be pitching anymore, anywhere.

Ankiel, once considered a future Cy Young Award winner, has decided to pursue a career as an outfielder, leaving the pitcher's mound behind for good. The telling wording in a release by the Cardinals was that Ankiel "has chosen to retire as a Major League pitcher." He will begin working out as an outfielder immediately.

As a rookie in 2000, Ankiel went 11-7 with a 3.50 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 175 innings as the Cardinals won the National League Central. However, he suffered severe control problems in the postseason and the 2001 season, followed by a series of elbow troubles. Ankiel finally underwent reconstructive elbow surgery in 2003 and made it back on a Major League mound in 2004.

Ankiel pitched in winter ball in Puerto Rico this past offseason. He had struggled in recent throws in Spring Training, including a difficult batting practice session where he threw three strikes out of 23 pitches.

"Turn the page, that's it," said Ankiel. "I'm happy and I'm excited. I was excited coming to the park today, knowing it was something new. Something new to focus on. It's a new challenge. It should be cool."

Ankiel has hit .207 in 87 Major League at-bats, with a .258 on-base percentage and a .310 slugging percentage. In the minors, he hit .279/.337/.558 in 165 career at-bats. He thrived as a part-time designated hitter for Johnson City of the rookie-level Appalachian League in 2001, putting up a line of .286/.364/.638 with 10 homers in 105 at-bats.
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should be interesting to see if he can hit the cut off man...
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I'm reminded of Hide-A-Key Matsui's throw in game 6 of the 2003 ALCS when the Sox were rallying that ended up in Ohio when I think of Rick "hit the mascot" Ankiel trying to hit the cutoff.

And STL: "Considered a future Cy Young award winner"...by who??
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by who? by everybody when he first came into the big leagues.

11-7 with a 3.50 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 175 innings

as a rookie is extremly impressive, especially given his extremly young age at the time. he was the top left handed pitching prospect in baseball when he was in the minors.
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he DH'd today and got a hit in his first at bat

i think he could be the new babe ruth
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carlos beltran loses two balls (hehe two balls) in the sun and gets booed at mets spring training... gotta love displaced new yorkers
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After booing Beltran did they all head down to N. Miami Beach for corned beef and latkes at Wolfie Cohen's Rascal House?
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Should be interesting to see if Beltran can grow some "thick skin". If he keeps on "staring at the sun" he might need some.
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I was down in Fort Myers yesterday, caught some sun and saw the Red Sox play the Dodgers. They lost, btw, but Manny Ramirez hit one out.

Anyway, we talked to peter gammons before the game. Man, he looks sooo much older in real life. I think that man knows more about baseball history than any human being.

in u2 related news, they played "vertigo" and "all because of you" in between innings. heard a lot of "pro-u2" comments around me.
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cards vs stros on tuesday

mlb extra inning ticket is all ordered for me

i love being able to watch practically every game. need it in connecticut rooting for the cards
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alex sanchez tested positive for steroids... he hit 2 homers last year...



major league baseball rigged this test so that a non star would be tested positive for steroids... getting congress of their back but not losing a big name star.

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i'll start the predictions...

American League

East

1. Yankees
2. Boston
3. Toronto
4. Baltimore
5. Tamp Bay

Central
1. Minnesota
2. White Sox
3. Detroit... bitches.
4. Cleveland
5. Kansas City

West
1. Lost Angeles Angels of Anaheim and North of San Diego yet West of Las Vegas
2. Texas
3. Seattle
4. Oakland

Wild Card- Texas

First Round...
Yankees over Texas
Angels over Twins

ALCS
Yankees over Angels

National League

East

1. Atlanta
2. Mets
3. Florida
4. Philadelphia
5. Washington

Central
1. St. Louis
2. Cubs
3. Houston
4. Pittsburgh
5. Milwaukee

West
1. Los Angeles
2. San Francisco
3. Arizona
4. San Diego
5. Colorado

Wild Card- Mets

First Round
St. Louis over Mets
LA over Atlanta

NLCS
St. Louis over LA

2005 World Series
St. Louis over Yankees.


AL MVP - Vlad
NL MVP - Poo-holes

AL Cy Young - Randy Johnson
NL Cy Young - Pedro... and his midget.

First Big Name to Test + for Steroids - David Ortiz

Jason Giambi... over/under 30 homeruns - Under

Barry Bonds... over/under 30 homeruns - Over

Samy Sosa... over/under 40 homeruns - Over

Will any of the Balco / Congressional hearing players (bonds, giambi, sosa, palmiero, schilling, thomas, etc.) test + for steroids this year? - No.

Tommy Heinson Award for Most Annoying Announcer- Michael Kay

Will Ronan Tienen fly away using his ears like he was Dumbo?- Yes.
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