Rick Ankiel had a really weird major-league playing career, and now his coaching career is off to an unusual start.
Ankiel, who first cracked the majors as a promising 19-year-old pitcher, suddenly lost the ability to throw strikes, disappeared for a couple seasons and re-emerged as an outfielder, has been appointed as a "life skills coordinator" for the Washington Nationals.
It's a position they created for Ankiel, who "will draw on his vast experience as a player to help mentor Nationals farmhands."
He clearly wouldn't make much of a pitching coach and he didn't really light things up as a hitter, but he's had a really interesting life in baseball.
- Dan Gartland