Media Opinions: Versatile Rick Ankiel Fills Another Position – Cards TV Booth Analyst | Subscriber only
And Ankiel is alone in another category. Ruth played on the field on the days he didn’t pitch. Ohtani is now doing the same for the Angels. But Ankiel has had separate stints, one as a pitcher and the other as an outfielder, never doing both in the same season.
He is rightly proud of his accomplishments. And Ohtani’s success underscores what Ankiel has already proven.
“I look like, ‘I told you. It can be done,'” he said. “… I think it’s great for the game.”
The next chapter
Ankiel said his experiences allowed him to bring “my unique perspective on the game from both sides” to the booth.
The idea, along with Ankiel’s talkativeness, wowed Bally Sports Midwest executive producer Larry Mago.
“He expresses himself very well and has a lot of energy,” said Mago. “You get excitement with this guy.”
In fact, Mago said the plan was to bring Ankiel into the pit rotation last year before the season was severely truncated due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This rotation also includes Rick Horton, Jim Edmonds and Thompson. Tim McCarver has also been on the list of games analysts since 2014, but stepped down last year due to his doctor’s advice not to travel to St. Louis (where advertisers have also called for road games from a studio) during the pandemic. He is also out this season and McCarver’s status for next season is uncertain.