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Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:07 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 4:15 pm
 


Score one for the Pittsburgh Pirates: They snuck around Cleveland minutes before Sunday's trade deadline and acquired outfielder Ryan Ludwick for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Buyers for the first time since 1992, the Pirates wind up with both Ludwick and first baseman Derrek Lee as they continue their surprising push in the NL Central.

Though disappointing in San Diego since landing there last July, Ludwick's bat, once removed from cavernous Petco Park, could be a boost to the Pirates in a tight NL Central race.

In Ludwick, the Pirates will get a one-time potent bat that has lost its stride in the past year. Ludwick is 3 for his past 21 and is hitting .238 with 11 homers and 64 RBI.

Acquired from the Cardinals at last July's trade deadline to boost a Padres team that then was challenging for the NL West title, Ludwick hit .211 with six homers and 26 RBI in 59 games for the Padres in 2010.

Still, because of Petco Park's vast dimensions, it's hard to say how close Ludwick can come in Pittsburgh to his 2009 form in St. Louis, when he hit 22 homers and collected 97 RBIs, or even '08, when he hit 37 homers with 113 RBI.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:54 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

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Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Millions of dollars and for what ?

Thinking about the players that were chosen to improve teams' chances
of making the playoffs. Millions of dollars shelled out for players that are
on the downside of their careers. Well, in my opinion, they owe the teams
who chose them. Hope these players don't take these salaries for granted.
They are only receiving such salaries not because they deserve them but
because this is the current system. Hmm Where did I get the idea that
players should get paid according to their recent performances in recent
years? What happened to rewarding a worker for a job well done? This
system sure does bend the rules only because they are ballplayers. 



Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Thanks for the upbeat post, but how exactly can Bell & Ludwick POSSIBLY be worse than OverPay and Jones????




Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Who, um, is Tobias?

I'm guessing you meant Tabata - he's probably done for the year and Pressley will take LF when he comes back.  Lineup will be:

  1. Pressley
  2. Ludwick
  3. Cutch
  4. Walker
  5. Bell
  6. K-dro
  7. Cedeno/Darnoud
  8. McKenry
  9. P




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

think Ernest Byner just fumbled again . . .
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Roses are red

Violets are blue

byner's in the end zone

but the balls on the two




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

I can see why the Pirates are excited about a .238 hitter.It raises the team batting average.



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Where's Overbay and Tobias going?  I'll take average over HR and S/O's any old day.
Brewer's are going to sweep the Cards and put an end in the division race.

Go Crew!!!



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:49 am
 

Pirates make last-minute acquisition of Ludwick

Two major league bats are more than enough to help a (until a week ago) first place team which got there with NO major league bats.


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