Rick Ankiel was a major-league pitcher and outfielder with the
St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals, among other teams, for 11
seasons. Born in 1979, Ankiel debuted with the Cardinals a month after
his 20th birthday, and became the first major-league player since Babe
Ruth to win at least 10 games as a pitcher and hit at least 50 home
runs. He retired as a player in 2013. He is currently a studio analyst
for Fox Sports Midwest. With his wife, Lory, and sons Declan and Ryker,
Ankiel lives in Jupiter, Fla.
Tim Brown is an award-winning writer with 25 years'
experience covering Major League Baseball at the Los Angeles Times, the
Newark Star-Ledger, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Los Angeles Daily News
and Yahoo! Sports. He co-wrote, with Jim Abbott, the New York Times
bestseller, "Imperfect: An Improbable Life." He resides with his wife,
Kelly, in Venice, CA.