When the Astros designated Rick Ankiel for assignment after he’d batted below the Mendoza Line while striking out in more than half of his at bats, I figured that was it for Ankiel… and that did make me a little sad, because I’ve been intrigued by him ever since he started to reinvent himself as an outfielder.
…but while the Astros are a bad team, the Mets have a worse outfield, and before I knew it Ankiel was wearing a Mets uniform with Dwight Gooden’s number on it.
At that point I realized I needed to make a custom while I could, because if Ankiel continues to hit around .200, he’ll probably be gone as soon as another outfielder passes through waivers.
…but it’s been several days and he’s still a Met. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.