Rick Ankiel Slumping Since HGH Report
The Cardinals' Rick Ankiel was red hot through 9/6, batting .358 with 9 HR & 29 RBI in 81 AB. Then came the report on ESPN about his alleged use of human growth hormones back in '04, before they were banned in '05. That report has had an obvious negative affect on Ankiel's play. Since 9/7, the day of the report, he has gone 2-for-24 with 0 HR & 0 RBI, dropping his overall batting average to .295.
Ankiel's key cards from '99 have dropped in value as a result of his current slump. His Ultimate Victory RC was selling for around $36 TAC last week, but is now averaging $19, with one selling yesterday for $17.01. His Ultimate Victory Parallel was selling in the $60's range last week, and is now going for less than half that price. His SP Top Prospects Auto was in the $30-40 range last week, and one sold today for $13.50.
I hope that Ankiel can snap back soon, and resume his dominant play at the plate. If he did indeed stop usage of HGH before it's ban, I think that it sucks that it was brought up now, while he was having such a great major league comeback.