CINCINNATI This is a tale of how two baseball parks affected the baseball career of Ryan Ludwick, one tearing it down and the other rebuilding it.
San Diego's Petco Park nearly destroyed it.
Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park resurrected it.
Ludwick was considered a productive offensive player as a St. Louis Cardinal. He hit .299 with 37 homers and 113 RBI in 2008.
The Cardinals traded him to San Diego for the final 59 games of 2010 and he hit .211, backing that up in 2011 with .238 before the Padres traded him to Pittsburgh the doldrums lingered (.232).
The vastness of Petco Park frustrates most hitters and Ludwick said, "Frustrated? I was a whipped puppy."
To compenstave, he altered his swing, tried to be a dead-pull hitter so he could reach the fence in the left field corner. Didn't work.
The Cincinnati Reds signed him to a free agent contract and after a slovenly start Ludwick is back in form, hitting .325 in his last 34 games and he has 18 homers and 53 RBI in only 2...