Originally written on Redlegs Review  |  Last updated 10/19/14
Some people weren't too thrilled when the Reds signed Ryan Ludwick to a one-year deal prior to the 2012 season. The veteran's numbers had declined steadily since his 2008 All-Star campaign with St. Louis, a campaign in which smashed 37 homers, batted .299, and drove in 113 runs, to the point he hit only .237 with a .310 on-base percentage during the 2011 season. To be fair, Ludwick's drop in offensive production probably had something to do with playing in spacious PETCO Park, but his decline in value was beginning to make people think that his better playing days were behind him. However, Cincinnati was in need of a run-producing bat to play left field, and GM Walt Jocketty turned to a connection from his days as the St. Louis Cardinals general manager for the answer. By the end of the 2012 season, Ludwick had regained his mojo, as well as disprove any doubters who believed his time as a big leaguer was over. The UNLV product proved his worth by crushing 26 homers, ...
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