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johnnd05
08-11-2007, 07:30 PM
Have any of you been following what he's been doing? This guy looks like he's going to be a frigging BEAST as an outfielder ... check out the video here (http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270811124).

NDboy15
08-17-2007, 01:23 PM
A feel good story.

ACamp1900
08-23-2007, 04:54 PM
Grew up loving Ozzie Smith and Wally Joyner, the two made me a Angels fans 1st Cardinals fan second... I remember the Mets playoff colapse distinctly, great to see the turnaround

Sureal
08-23-2007, 04:58 PM
Have any of you been following what he's been doing? This guy looks like he's going to be a frigging BEAST as an outfielder ... check out the video here (http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=270811124).

Same path Ruth took, except for the pitching meltdown...

buckeyebacker
08-27-2007, 06:22 PM
Really, one of the best stories of the year, let alone just baseball...to have a meltdown like that in front of the world and then to reinvent himself as an outfielder, thats incredible!

johnnd05
09-07-2007, 09:25 AM
Really, one of the best stories of the year, let alone just baseball...to have a meltdown like that in front of the world and then to reinvent himself as an outfielder, thats incredible!

... and one of the year's best stories may be turning in to one of its worst:

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel, who punctuated a storybook comeback from pitching travails by homering twice with 7 RBIs Thursday, joined the list of athletes linked to a Florida-based steroids investigation.

The New York Daily News reported Friday that Ankiel received a 12-month supply of human growth hormone in 2004 from a Florida pharmacy that was part of a national illegal prescription drug-distribution operation, citing records its reporters saw. That Orlando outfit, Signature Pharmacy, has been implicated in a steroids investigation run by Albany County (N.Y.) District Attorney P. David Soares, which has resulted in 22 indictments and several Florida clinic raids.

Ankiel's HGH prescriptions, including Saizen and Genotropin, were signed by Florida physician William Gogan, who provided them through a Palm Beach Gardens clinic called The Health and Rejuvenation Center, or THARC, the newspaper reported.

The drugs were shipped to the 28-year-old Ankiel at the clinic's address, the paper said. The pitcher-turned-outfielder lives close by in Jupiter.

THARC also dispatched a shipment of steroids and HGH to former major-league pitcher Steve Woodard , according to The Daily News. Woodard, who pitched for four teams in a four-year career that ended in 2003, and Ankiel were teammates with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in 2004.

Woodard didn't return cell phone messages, The News said.

Ankiel has not been accused by authorities of wrongdoing, and stopped receiving HGH just before Major League Baseball officially banned it in 2005, The News reported.

MLB does not test for HGH, but a player who is known to have used it or even possessed it from the time it was banned can face a 50-game suspension.

Ankiel's agent, Scott Boras, would not comment.

Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty said: "This is the first I've heard of this. If it's true, obviously it would be very tragic, along with everything else we've had happen to us this year."

MLB officials also declined comment, saying they would "look into" the allegations, but weren't sure whether any action could be taken.

More here (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3008363), from Buster Olney. :pityno: