Rick Ankiel thinks he’s cured.
The previous Mets outfielder is “toying with” getting again on a major-league mound on the age of 39, regardless of not throwing a aggressive pitch since 2004.
“I’ve nothing to lose,” Ankiel instructed Yahoo Sports activities. “I’m not afraid. I’d as nicely attempt.”
Ankiel’s pitching profession began with promise, as he posted a 3.27 in his rookie season. The following marketing campaign would develop into his finest – 11 wins and a 3.50 ERA – earlier than he obtained the yips and went off the rails.
The previous Cardinal struggled together with his management within the subsequent two seasons, and was pushed out of the large leagues till he returned as an outfielder in 2007. He final performed for the Mets in 2013.
Since then, Ankiel has really been teaching gamers plagued with the identical anxiousness that brought on his efficiency to undergo.
However the former pitcher might have simply sufficient to make a comeback. On Wednesday on the Bluegrass World Collection, a contest that pits retired gamers towards faculty ones, Ankiel’s pitches reached the high-80’s.
If he does determine to pursue a return, it is going to be as a aid pitcher, he mentioned.