Rich Ankiel: The Comeback Kid on Starting Over and Finding His Swing


It’s not everyday you get to interview one of your childhood heroes. My guest today is Rick Ankiel, who has an incredible story, one of resilience and unwavering belief. One that is very close to my heart, as I went through my own process of resilience and re-design. In his first season in the majors, Rick finished second for rookie of the year (pitcher). He was a pitcher with the Cardinals from 1999 until 2004, when he lost his ability to throw strikes consistently. After trying to regain his pitching form in the minor leagues, he decided to switch to the outfield in early 2005. For two and a half years, he honed his skills as a hitter and fielder in the Cardinals’ minor-league system…many people believed he would never make it, as it’s incredible hard to do. But he persevered and returned to the Cardinals on August of 2007. As a Cardinal until 2009, Ankiel hit 47 home runs as an outfielder and two as a pitcher. In this episode you’ll learn how Rick went from MLB rookie phenom to playing back in single A, his mindset techniques used to get back to the majors, his transition from pitcher to outfield (relearning how to play the position), his career post MLB, and much more. This is an episode you don’t want to miss. Hope you enjoy the show!

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