Rick Ankiel Added to 2nd Annual MLB Alumni Home Run Derby
Cardinal great returns to Carshield Field where he won the Alumni bracket in 2018
O’FALLON, Mo. – The O’Fallon Hoots, members of the Prospect League, announced that Cardinals broadcaster and former Cardinal great Rick Ankiel will take part in the 2nd Annual MLB Alumni Home Run Derby at CarShield Field on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Rick Ankiel replaces Brian Jordan as the final MLB Alum to be announced after Jordan was forced to withdraw due to injury, joining Ray Lankford, Daniel Descalso and Rafael Furcal.
“It’s always exciting to have Rick back at CarShield Field,” General Manager David Schmoll said. “Cardinals fans love Rick and when the opportunity came up to have him back, we jumped at it. We can’t wait to see him compete in June!”
Rick Ankiel was a second round selection of the Cardinals in 1997. He quickly rose through the minor league ranks, earning Minor League Player of the Year in 1999 by both Baseball America and USA Today and made his Major League debut that same season. Ankiel helped the Cardinals to the 2000 National League Central Division championship and to the NLCS. After injuries, Ankiel returned to the MLB as an outfielder in 2007 where he played until 2013. He finished with 76 home runs including a career high 25 in 2008.
For the second year, joining the four MLB Alumni for the event are members of The Rizzuto Show and 105.7 The Point taking on members of The Fast Lane and 101 ESPN. Can The Rizzuto Show defend their title? Or will The Fast Lane bring it to get the victory this year.
The 2nd Annual MLB Alumni Home Run Derby will take place June 4 at CarShield Field in O’Fallon with the event beginning at 7:00 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase limited specialty autograph passes to go on the field to meet and get autographs from Furcal, Ankiel, Lankford and Descalso. The autograph session will run for two hours beginning at 4:00 p.m.
General Admission tickets for the event are $15 with the option to add-on the autograph session for an additional $25. Only a limited number of autograph tickets will be made available. Additional information, including premium seating and all-you-can-eat options, is available at ofallonhoots.com/homerunderby.
Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered online at ofallonhoots.com/tickets or by calling 636-741-4668.
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About the O’Fallon Hoots
The O’Fallon Hoots began play in O’Fallon, Missouri in May 2020 after relocating from Hannibal, Missouri following the 2019 season. For tickets, merchandise, or any team information, visit ofallonhoots.com.
So Brian Jordan is not participating?
Brian Jordan had to withdraw due to injury.