Many of the highlights of Rick Ankiel's baseball career occurred in St. Louis. He is back in town this weekend holding a series of appearances related to the release of his new book.
"The Phenomenon: Pressure, The Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life" sheds light on Ankiel's career and also tells stories of his everyday life. The first event is tonight at 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books.
Tomorrow, Ankiel is making a stop by the Barnes & Noble in the suburb of Chesterfield. He will make a final appearance at noon on Saturday at Costco.
Ankiel was a pitching prodigy who debuted with the Cardinals in 1999. As a 20-year-old in 2000, he started 30 games, going 11-7 with a 3.50 ERA and 194 strikeouts.
That performance allowed Ankiel to finish second in National League Rookie of the Year voting. He began to lose his control on the mound during that year's postseason and eventually switched positions.
Ankiel made a miraculous comeback as an outfielder and returned to the major leagues in 2007 with St. Louis. He played until 2013 and currently serves as the Washington Nationals' Life Skills Coordinator.
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