A Rare Baseball Comeback from Rick Ankiel

Seven years ago, some baseball fans thought Rick Ankiel would be the game's next great pitcher of our era.

He played for the St. Louis Cardinals — and, at 21, was good enough to start the first game of the playoffs in 2000. But he cracked, throwing five wild pitches in one inning. Ankiel was never the same after the experience, and he quit the game four years later.

But Ankiel eventually came back to the game and started over in the minor leagues. Ankiel worked hard and reinvented himself as an outfielder.

On Thursday night, he made his second major league debut with the Cardinals and hit a home run.

Rick Hummel, baseball columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, talks with Alex Chadwick.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.