Tagged: J.D Martinez

Astros Making Changes


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A day that I that would have come much later than this early on, but Rick Ankiel was designated for assignment, along with Fernando Martinez, by the Houston Astros, and I feel this may be Ankiel’s final hurrah. Both players were hitting below the Mendoza Line (.200 BA in layman’s terms), Ankiel hitting five home runs and took only one walk in 65 plate appearances, and shockingly, he struck out a total of 35 times. Ankiel won the hearts of a few Astros fans early on in the Spring, captivating plenty more, including myself, with his Opening Night home run en route to defeat the Texas Rangers, but it has been all down hill for Ankiel and the Astros alike since that beloved Opening Night. Continue reading


Ankiel Earns New MLB Life


In his tenth overall MLB season, Rick Ankiel is on his fourth MLB team after struggling to stay in the Majors since 2010, being designated as a back-up outfielder with the Royals, Braves, and finally the Nationals. As a non-roster invitee, Ankiel has found a home with the Houston Astros organization. It seems clear that with his explosion towards the end of Spring Training that he could potentially earn a spot on the Astros roster. More than likely we will see Ankiel be platooning with J.D Martinez in right field, with Ankiel taking the starting job, and having the young and inexperienced Martinez under him and learning from the ten year veteran, Ankiel. Continue reading