Rick Ankiel is currently a MLB Analyst at FOX Sports Midwest. Prior to joining FOX, Ankiel served as the Life Skills Coordinator for the Washington Nationals.
Ankiel made his MLB debut with the St. Louis Cardinals at age 20 in 1999 and emerged as one of the game's best pitchers the next season. After pitching control problems and an elbow injury limited him to 11 total appearances from 2001-2004, he returned to the minors to play the outfield and re-emerged in the majors at the new outfielder position in 2007. After leaving the Cardinals in 2009, Ankiel made stops playing for the Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, and the New York Mets.
Ankiel became the first player since Babe Ruth to have won at least 10 games as a pitcher and also hit at least 50 home runs. He is also the only player other than Ruth to both start a postseason game as a pitcher and hit a home run in the postseason as a position player.