Videos: Rick Ankiel Throwing People Out

Despite his conspicuous flaws — like his pitching, famously, and also his hitting, too, probably — Rick Ankiel continues to possess one of the league’s strongest (and, strangely, most accurate) throwing arms.

In fact, three of Ankiel’s most spectacular throws have occurred within the past two months. While none of them is so transcendent as either of the two outfield assists he recorded in a single game back in 2008, they’re certainly — each of them — exemplary examples of the genre.

Voila, readership:

7/29/11: Jason Bay at the plate.

8/28/11: Dave Sappelt at third base.

9/13/11: Josh Thole at the plate.

Bonus Footage: This isn’t from 2011, but features Ryan Theriot getting TOOTBLAN’d and Chip Caray using his favorite verb all in one clip.



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Kyle
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Kyle

In regards to the first video: lol base coach

steve
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steve

Thank you for that. I could watch he and Francoeur throw all day long. It drops my jaw every time. That throw in Cincinnati was as good as the ones in Colorado a few years ago.

Bryan
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Bryan

Fisted…Tee hee!

MikeS
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MikeS

With an arm like that maybe they should consider making him a pitcher.

Kampfer
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Kampfer

I think his yips must have been healed. Let’s put him on the mound again.

Dan Greer
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Dan Greer

Honestly, he’s such a marginal player as an outfielder, that his career could end at any moment unless he’s willing to pitch. I’d like to see him throwing 97 from the mound again – he could be the good version of Brooks Kieschnick.

Don Cooper
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Don Cooper

I’m not so sure that you can be healed of the yips, they are after all a “mental condition.” I don’t think Ankiel wants to even try though, frankly. When he gave up pitching to become an OF, I remember him talking about it, and all the struggle of trying to turn it around, and how much of a difficult time he had of it, to the point where it sounded as if he had given up on the idea completely & forever.

I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t want to try, even if he was given a (obviously only marginally) larger contract to have him give it one more go. Failing at it yet again would be undoubtedly shitty, and I don’t know what kind of confidence level he’d have (which is pretty important for pitchers in my experience).

Dan Greer
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Dan Greer

Maybe so, but you could teach him a pretty mean cut fastball.

filihok
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I love on the Thole play that instead of throwing to the plate Ankiel thinks, ‘back up catcher? I’ll throw it 15 feet up the 3rd base line”.

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