Ryan Ludwick

Ryan Andrew Ludwick (born July 13, 1978) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds. His brother Eric also played four MLB seasons as a pitcher.

Ryan Ludwick
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Ludwick with the Cincinnati Reds
Born: July 13, 1978 (age 41)
Satellite Beach, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 5, 2002, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 2014, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
Batting average.260
Home runs154
Runs batted in587
Career highlights and awards

Playing career

High school, college, and minor leagues

Ludwick attended Durango High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ludwick then enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and played for the UNLV Rebels baseball team for three seasons. He was named to the Baseball America all-Freshman team in 1997 after batting .354 with 46 home runs and 109 runs batted in (RBI) and was All-Western Athletic Conference in 1999, hitting .381 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI. Ludwick had a .363 career batting average at UNLV.[1]

Ludwick was chosen in the second-round (60th overall) of the 1999 Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics. He was traded to the Texas Rangers before the 2002 season, along with Gerald Laird, Jason Hart, and Mario Ramos, for first baseman Carlos Peña and pitcher Mike Venafro.

Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, back to minors

Ludwick batted right-handed and threw with his left hand. In the entire history of Major League Baseball through the 2008 season, and including the National Association of 1871-75 (not currently counted as a major league by MLB), only 57 players who played at least half their games at a position other than pitcher batted right and threw left.[2]

Ludwick made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2002, but his season was cut short when he fractured his hip the same year, an injury which significantly hampered his career. In 2003, Ludwick was traded by the Rangers to the Cleveland Indians for pitcher Ricardo Rodríguez and outfielder Shane Spencer. He was designated for assignment and sent to Triple-A in June 2005.

Ludwick spent the 2006 season playing for the Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, and was named to the International League team for the 2006 Triple-A All-Star Game. Ludwick enjoyed great success in the Detroit organization, but due to a surplus of outfielders, Detroit did not offer Ludwick a new contract.

St. Louis Cardinals: All-Star

In 2007, Ludwick was invited to spring training by the Cardinals and started in Triple-A Memphis. On May 6, 2007, Ludwick was promoted to the Cardinals after Preston Wilson went on the DL. In the 29 games preceding Ludwick's promotion, he hit .340 with 0 home runs but had 50 RBI at Memphis.

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Ludwick (right) during his tenure with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008.

His fast start in 2008 earned him an everyday player role. Ludwick was named to his first All-Star game on July 6 at Yankee Stadium in New York City. He won the National League Player of the Week Award for July 27-August 2. On August 14, Ludwick hit his 29th home run[3] of the 2008 season; this broke the record for the most home runs in a season by a player who throws left-handed yet bats right-handed previously held by Rickey Henderson.[4]

Ludwick would go on to win a Silver Slugger Award at the end of the 2008 season for his offensive performance along with fellow outfielders Matt Holliday and Ryan Braun. That year, Ludwick hit 37 home runs, 40 doubles, 113 RBIs, 3 triples and a solid .299 batting average.[5]

After his breakout season of 2008, Ludwick started out 2009 with a solid April, posting similar figures to his 2008 season by hitting .297 with five home runs, and 19 RBIs. He was then slowed by a strained right hamstring which placed him on the DL for 15 games. After returning from his injury, Ludwick struggled with a .200 average during the month of June. He had a productive July, hitting .340, with six home runs and a league-leading 28 RBIs, landing him NL Player of the Month honors.[6] This gave the Cardinals 3 out of the last 4 NL Player of the Month awards, coupled with Albert Pujols's awards in April and June. At the end of the 2009 season Ludwick finished batting .265 with 22 home runs and 97 RBIs. Ludwick was primarily a right fielder, but also got playing time in left field and occasionally in center field.

During the 2010 offseason, Ludwick and the Cardinals were able to avoid arbitration, reaching an agreement on a one-year contract worth $5.45 million for 2010.[7] Through mid-June, he batted .451 with runners in scoring position, second-best among all MLB players.[8] Additionally, he batted .476 with 11 RBIs with runners in scoring position and two out.[9] His strong performance with runners in scoring position lead to him being placed in the cleanup role on June 14 against the Seattle Mariners. The move paid off as he hit a 3-run home run in his first at bat, and went 2-for-4 in the game.[10]

San Diego Padres

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Ludwick playing for the San Diego Padres in 2011.

Ludwick was traded to the San Diego Padres in a three team deal on July 31, 2010, which sent starting pitcher Jake Westbrook and minor leaguer Nick Greenwood to the Cardinals and Corey Kluber to the Indians.[11] Upon his first at-bat back in St. Louis, he received a standing ovation from the St. Louis crowd, and Ludwick tipped his cap to the crowd in return.

His stats took a hit in 2011 due to lack of production at the Padres home field, Petco Park. At the end of his tenure as a Padre, Ludwick was hitting .238 with 11 home runs and 64 runs batted in and 42 runs scored. He accounted for 25.3 percent of the Padres' runs. By comparison, Adrian Gonzalez accounted for 23.6 percent of the Padres' runs in 2010.[12][13]

Pittsburgh Pirates

In the final hour of the 2011 MLB non-waiver trading deadline on July 31, San Diego traded Ludwick to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later.[14][15]

Cincinnati Reds

On January 16, 2012 Ludwick agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Reds on a one-year contract worth $2.5M with an option for a second year in 2013.[16] After initially splitting the left field duties with Chris Heisey, Ludwick eventually got most of the starts, often batting cleanup in the lineup as a right-handed hitter between lefties Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.[17] In 125 games, he hit .275/.346/.531 with 26 HR and 80 RBI. Ludwick started all 5 postseason games in the NLDS against the Giants, going 6-18 with 3 HR and 4 RBI.

He declined his option on October 31, and became a free agent. He re-signed with the Reds to a two-year, $15 million deal with a mutual option for 2015 on December 10, 2012.[18]

On Opening Day 2013, Ludwick tore cartilage in his right shoulder as well as dislocating it, requiring surgery.[19] Ludwick was placed on the 60-day disabled list, and returned to the Reds on August 12. In 38 games, he hit .240/.293/.326 with 2 HR and 12 RBI. In the Wild Card game against the Pirates, Ludwick went 3-4 with 2 doubles in the loss.

Second stint with Rangers

Ludwick signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on February 4, 2015.[20][21] On March 29, 2015, Ludwick was released by the Rangers.[22]

On January 21, 2016, Ludwick announced his retirement.[23]

Personal life

Ludwick and his wife, Joanie, reside in Georgetown, Texas, and have one son, Stetson Tyler. Ludwick has stated that he chose his son's name due to his affinity for Stetson hats.[24]


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  3. ^ "Game log 2008". Sports.espn.go.com. October 3, 2010. Archived from the original on April 12, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
  4. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/archives/743 most home runs by a player throwing LH batting RH Rickey Henderson.
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  11. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (July 31, 2010). "Westbrook to Cards; Ludwick to Padres". MLB.com. Archived from the original on August 3, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
  12. ^ "2010 St. Louis Cardinals: SD @ STL: Ludwick gets ovation in return to St. Louis". MLB.com. September 16, 2010.
  13. ^ Center, Bill (July 31, 2011). "Padres trade Adams, Ludwick; keep Bell, Harang". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Archived from the original on August 1, 2011.
  14. ^ Scott Boeck (July 31, 2011). "Padres send Ryan Ludwick to the Pirates at deadline". USA Today. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012.
  15. ^ Corey Brock (July 31, 2011). "Padres deal Ludwick to Pirates at Deadline". MLB.com. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012.
  16. ^ AP Staff (January 17, 2012). "Reds sign deals with Bailey, Ludwick". USA Today. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  17. ^ Miller, David (March 28, 2013). "Ryan Ludwick to Clean Up for Cincinnati Reds in 2013". RantSports. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  18. ^ Kruth, Cash (December 8, 2012). "Report: Ludwick, Reds agree to two-year deal". MLB.com. Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  19. ^ "National League roundup: Rockies go deep vs. Brewers; Reds' Ryan Ludwick needs surgery". Detroit Free Press. April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
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External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Albert Pujols
National League Player of the Month
July, 2009
Succeeded by
Ryan Howard
1999 Major League Baseball draft

The 1999 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft of high school and college baseball players, was held on June 2 and 3, 1999. A total of 1474 players were drafted over the course of 50 rounds.

2003 Cleveland Indians season

The 2003 Cleveland Indians season was the 103rd season for the franchise. The 2003 Major League Baseball season began on March 30, 2003. The team finished fourth in the American League Central Division behind the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals

2003 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 2003 season involved the Rangers finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 71 wins and 91 losses.

2008 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals' 2008 season was the 127th season for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri and the 117th season in the National League. The Cardinals, coming off a 78-84 season that was their worst since 1999, improved by eight games, going 86-76 in 2008. However, this was only good for fourth place in the National League Central, 11.5 games behind the division champion Chicago Cubs.

2009 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals' 2009 season was the 128th season for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri and the 118th season in the National League. The Cardinals, coming off an 86-76 season and fourth place in the NL Central, got off to a strong start in April before a team-wide offensive breakdown caused them to fall behind the Cubs in the NL Central standings. Brilliant seasons from starting pitchers Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, and Joel Piñeiro helped St. Louis to stay in contention until the key midseason acquisitions of Matt Holliday, Mark DeRosa, and Julio Lugo revived the Cardinal offense. An August 20–6 effectively ended the NL Central race, and the Cardinals won the division with a 91-71 record, seven-and-a-half games better than the second-place Cubs. However, their playoff run ended quickly when they were swept in three games by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series.

2012 Cincinnati Reds season

The 2012 Cincinnati Reds season was the 123rd season for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their tenth at Great American Ball Park. The Reds improved on their record of 79–83 in 2011 and became the first team to clinch playoff berth in 2012 by defeating the Cubs 5–3 on September 20. They clinched the NL Central division with a 6–0 victory over the Dodgers on September 22. Their final record was 97-65 and they subsequently lost in five games to the San Francisco Giants in the Division Series.

2012 National League Division Series

The 2012 National League Division Series were two best-of-five game series to determine the participating teams in the 2012 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff—played in two separate series.

This series with the Washington Nationals was their first playoff berth since moving to Washington D.C. and the first franchise playoff berth since 1981 when they were the Montreal Expos. TBS carried most of the games, with some on TNT. The Wild Card Game was held on October 5, 2012. The series used the 2–3 format (three consecutive games at home for the team with home field advantage preceded by two consecutive games at home for the other team) for 2012 because Major League Baseball implemented the second wild card slot on March 2, 2012, long after the 2012 regular season schedule had been set, leaving no room for the 2–2–1 format which requires a travel day between Games 4 and 5. The 2–3 format was used for best-of-five Championship Series prior to 1985 and for the Division Series from 1995 to 1997. The matchups for the 2012 NLDS were:

(1) Washington Nationals (East Division champions, 98–64) vs. (4) St. Louis Cardinals (Wild Card Game winner, 88–74): Cardinals win series, 3–2.

(2) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champions, 97–65) vs. (3) San Francisco Giants (West Division champions, 94–68): Giants win series, 3–2.Both series saw the first postseason meetings between the respective clubs and both went to the maximum five games.

2013 Cincinnati Reds season

The 2013 Cincinnati Reds season was the 124th season for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their 11th at Great American Ball Park. During the 2013 season, the Reds returned to the playoffs for a second straight season, after a 97–65 season in 2012, in which they lost in 5 games in the NLDS. On September 23, due to the Washington Nationals' loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Reds clinched a spot in the post-season. They entered the playoffs as a Wild Card team, becoming the first team to qualify for the postseason after finishing third in their respective division. They lost in the 2013 National League Wild Card Game to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2013 National League Wild Card Game

The 2013 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2013 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 2013. The Pirates won by a 6–2 score and advanced to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Division Series. The game was televised on TBS, and was also broadcast on ESPN Radio.The game marked the first postseason appearance by the Pirates since 1992 and the Pirates' victory gave the team their first postseason series win since the 1979 World Series. This was the third postseason appearance for the Reds in four seasons. It was the sixth postseason meeting between the Pirates and Reds (the others being in the NLCS in 1970, 1972, 1975, 1979, and 1990). Pirates manager Clint Hurdle made his first postseason appearance since competing in the 2007 World Series as manager of the Colorado Rockies, while Dusty Baker fell to 0–3 in postseason appearances as manager of the Reds, a position from which he was relieved three days after the loss. The loss continued the Reds' postseason win drought, active since their last World Series championship in 1990.

2014 Cincinnati Reds season

The 2014 Cincinnati Reds season was the 125th season for the franchise in Major League Baseball and their 12th at Great American Ball Park. They finished 76–86, in fourth place in the Central division.

2018 Stanford Cardinal men's soccer team

The 2018 Stanford Cardinal men's soccer team will represent Stanford University during the 2018 NCAA Division I men's soccer season.

The Cardinal enter the season as the three-time defending national champions. This is the first team season since 1994 that a program enters the season as a three-time defending champion. In 1994, the Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer program entered the season as three-time defending national champions, where they would go on to win an unprecedented fourth-consecutive title.

2019 VCU Rams men's soccer team

The 2019 VCU Rams men's soccer team will represent Virginia Commonwealth University during the 2019 NCAA Division I men's soccer season. It will be the 40th season of the university fielding a program. The Rams were be led by tenth-year head coach, Dave Giffard.

VCU enter the 2019 season as the defending Atlantic 10 regular season champions.

Dan Horwits

Dan Horwits is an American sports agent, certified by the Major League Baseball Players Association. He is currently a partner at Beverly Hills Sports Council, a sports agency located in Los Angeles that represents Major League Baseball players. Beverly Hills Sports Council was ranked in a recent publishing by Forbes.com as the 10th most valuable MLB agency.

Eric Ludwick

Eric David Ludwick (born December 14, 1971) is a retired Major League Baseball player who played pitcher from 1996-1999. He played for the Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Florida Marlins, and Toronto Blue Jays. He also played two seasons in Japan for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 2000 and 2001. In the middle of the 1997 season, Ludwick was part of a trade with between the cash-strapped Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals that sent Mark McGwire to the Cardinals in exchange for Ludwick, T.J. Matthews, and Blake Stein.

Ludwick is the brother of retired major league outfielder Ryan Ludwick.


Ludwick is a surname of German origin, and may refer to:

Andrew K. Ludwick (born 1946), American businessman

Christopher Ludwick (1720–1801), American baker

Eric Ludwick (born 1971), American baseball player

Ryan Ludwick (born 1978), American baseball player

Tessa Ludwick (born 1988), American actress

Mario Ramos

Mario Martin Ramos (born October 19, 1977) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

Ramos was born in Aurora, Illinois. He went to Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas, where he also resides today. He was a 5'11", 180-pound pitcher. Before being drafted, Ramos attended Rice University.

In 1996, the Kansas City Royals drafted him in the 48th round (1399th overall). He decided not to sign and continued to pitch for Rice. In 1999, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 6th round (183rd)—this time he signed.

From 2000–2001, Ramos had a 30-9 record in the minors. On January 14, 2002, he was traded to the Texas Rangers along with Jason Hart, Gerald Laird and Ryan Ludwick for Carlos Peña and Mike Venafro.From 2002–2003, his winning percentage dropped to .379 (11-18 record). That trade, it seems, had a very bad effect on his career. Even though he had a mediocre (at best) season in the minors in 2003, he was still called up to the Rangers. On June 19, he made his major league debut.

At the end of 2003, he was selected off waivers from the Rangers by the team who drafted him, the Oakland Athletics. Even though he was rumored to be part of a deal being concocted between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Athletics for Milton Bradley, he was not the one who ended up being traded, and he was still in the Athletics' farm system.

From 2004 through 2005, he played in the Athletics farm system. In 2006, he was with the San Diego Padres in their system. He was back in the Athletics system in 2007.

Ramos was a teammate of Marc Gwyn, Jason Hart and Ryan Ludwick for four years — longer than any other teammates. His cousin, Dominic Ramos, also plays professional baseball.

Neftalí Soto (baseball)

Neftalí O. Soto (born February 28, 1989) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball first baseman for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds.

He led the Central League with 41 home runs in the 2018 season.

Nick Greenwood

Nicholas Richard Greenwood (born September 28, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Stanford Cardinal men's soccer

The Stanford Cardinal men's soccer team represents Stanford University in all NCAA Division I men's college soccer competitions. The Cardinal play in the Pac-12 Conference. Their first season was in 1973.

The Cardinal have appeared in the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournament 14 times since 1973, including 11 times in the 20 seasons from 1997–2016. They have made five appearances in the College Cup, including winning the 2015, 2016, and 2017 national championships.


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