05/13/2013 08:41 am ET

The Greatness Of Rick Ankiel | The Rotation

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The Houston Astros released Rick Ankiel on Thursday evening, likely signaling the end of the 33-year-old’s major league career. If so, it was an ugly finish — Ankiel struck out 35 times in 65 plate appearances, and the result was an ugly .194 batting average and .231 on-base percentage.

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