The Rick Ankiel epic just keeps going.
The 33-year-old slugger was just released by the Houston Astros after hitting .194 with five homers and 11 RBIs - and striking out 35 times in 65 at-bats. It looked like the end for the guy who arrived as a hard-throwing lefty with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999 but had to reinvent himself as a power hitter when his control on the mound totally deserted him in 2000.
After an outfield stint with the Cards, he played for the Royals, Braves, and Nationals before ending up in Houston.
He is one of four players in major league history to make at least 40 starts as a pitcher and hit 40 homers - the others are George Van Haltran, Cy Seymour, and some guy named Babe Ruth.