Mike Ford's Minor League Move Sends Shockwaves Through Baseball
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Mike Ford's Minor League Move Sends Shockwaves Through Baseball

23 March 2024
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Mike Ford's Minor League Move Sends Shockwaves Through Baseball

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The Reds made a significant announcement on Friday regarding first baseman/designated hitter Mike Ford. After an impressive showing in spring training, Ford has been reassigned to the minor league camp, signaling his exclusion from the team's Opening Day roster. Subsequently, reports from Jon Heyman of the New York Post indicate that Ford has been granted his release from the club.

During his time in spring training, Ford displayed remarkable performance statistics, boasting a .455/.486/.727 slash line across 10 games. His three home runs and solid plate appearances hinted at his potential contributions to the team. Despite his efforts, Ford faced tough competition for roster spots in the Reds' crowded infield.

Looking back at Ford's performance in the 2023 season with the Mariners, he showcased significant power with 16 home runs in just 251 plate appearances. However, his .228/.323/.475 slash line, coupled with a high strikeout rate, reflected ongoing challenges with contact consistency. While Ford's success against left-handed pitchers has been notable, his struggles against righties remain a concern.

Despite these hurdles, Ford's spring performance and track record of power hitting suggest that he remains a desirable asset for teams seeking left-handed batting prowess. While he may not have secured a spot on the Reds' roster, opportunities with other clubs, whether in a major or minor league capacity, seem likely for the seasoned slugger.

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