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2015 (ex)Reds, 1990 Score style: Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Ludwick (Texas Rangers)

Shin-Soo Choo Texas Rangers 1990 Score

Shin-Soo Choo had a down year for the Rangers last year, batting only .242 and stealing three bases after a .285 campaign with 20 steals in 2013 for the Reds. He is still struggling in 2015, batting .182 through seven games. But that’s better than 2014 Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick, who was released on March 29 by the Rangers and has not found a new team yet. I never really understood Walt Jocketty’s obsession with Ludwick. Other than 2008, he was never really all that good.

Ryan Ludwick Texas Rangers 1990 Score

I think I prefer Billy Hamilton in centerfield and Marlon Byrd in left.

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If that ain’t good managing…

Dusty Baker has decided to make Ryan Ludwick his designated hitter. Ludwick is batting .183 (15-for-82) this season. Exactly what is going through Baker’s mind? According to Hardball Talk:

“I know everybody wants me to play the guy who’s hot, but what happens when the guy who’s hot gets cold and the cold guy never gets lukewarm because he’s not playing?”

That explains why Scott Rolen is still getting so much playing time despite hitting .174 (16-for-101).

UPDATE: Perhaps Baker chose his mind, as neither Ludwick nor Rolen are in the starting lineup tonight.

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