Found February 12, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
PLAYERS: Ryan Ludwick
TEAMS: Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Ludwick was traded from the Cardinals to the Padres in 2010 and spent two miserable half seasons in San Diego. In 160 games with the Pads, he hit .228 with a .659 OPS. Compare that to the 37 home runs he hit for St. Louis in 2008, and his .290 lifetime average at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Ludwick signed with the Reds as a free agent and says playing in the spacious Petco Park screwed up his swing. “Playing in San Diego screwed me up,” Ludwick told the Cincinnati Enquirer last week. “I’m not using that as an excuse or a crutch, but it turned me into a dead pull hitter. I got away from what I was as a hitter.” Ludwick may have overachieved when he was an All-Star in 2008, but he’s certainly not as bad as he was in his 160 games with San Diego. The point of this post is to show how much large ballparks can mentally affect a player. Players feel more confident stepping to the plate when they believe they can hit a home run. They hit with less confidence when they’re in a large ...

Taking a look at spring training chances for the minor leaguers – Part 2

With spring training getting underway this Saturday for our Reds (well, the pitchers and catchers at least. Position players show up next Thursday) , I thought I would take a look at the prospects/minor leaguers who are heading to spring training and talk about their chances to break camp with the big league team. There are 21 players who still have prospect eligibility. Yesterday...

Happy birthday to Logan Ondrusek

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Preseason preview by position (OF)

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The Final Spring Roster

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer checked in with Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty today about the status of the roster. “We’ll meet again Wednesday and review it. But I think we’re pretty well set. We’ve got 57, 58 guys. It’s a good mix.” Which, of course, means no last-minute addition of Roy Oswalt. As much as I would be interested in having … [visit...

Votto on cover of Athlon Sports

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Player Profile #55: Drew Stubbs | OF | CIN

For Drew Stubbs, it’s all about the strikeouts. If he didn’t whiff so much (11.5 SwStr% in 2011) and strikeout so much (30.1 K%) he could hit for a much better batting average and, in effect, significantly improve his fantasy value. It’s rare to see someone with a career .335 BABIP have such a low career batting average (.251), but that’s what Stubbs has been. A big issue...

Mat Latos and Great American Ballpark

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Heisey or Ludwick? Why Not Both

Everybody is talking about who is going to play left field for the Reds Chris Heisey or Ryan Ludwick.  I don’t see why we can’t have both of them in the lineup most of the time. It seems Drew Stubbs has been anointed our center fielder no matter what and I don’t understand why.  I understand his speed is nice to have in the lineup, but when you can’t get on base consistently...

The Top 12 Home Games You Won't Want to Miss in 2012

At first glance the Reds' 2012 home slate may not seem as attractive as years past. However, after careful review I've pinpointed 12 games on the schedule that you'll definitely want to be at Great American Ball Park to see. Here they are in chronological order: Wednesday, April 5th vs. Miami Marlins 4:10 ET (Opening Day) -Dusty Baker and the Reds kickoff the 2012...
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