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Losing control

Like Rick Ankiel, these big leaguers were hit by "The Creature."

Updated: March 11, 2005, 12:27 PM ET
By Jeff Merron | Page 2

Pitching instructor Tom House calls it "The Creature." Others call it "the Yips." Some call it "Steve Blass disease."

What happened to Rick Ankiel happens to players in all sports. It happened to Nick Anderson, a good free-throw shooter who suddenly couldn't find the rim in the first game of the 1995 NBA Finals. It happened to Ian Baker-Finch, a 16-time winner as a pro, whose extraordinary 1991 British Open win marked the beginning of a free-fall end to his career.

But "The Creature" ...

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