Aug. 20, 2015
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Former University of Michigan outfielder Ryan LaMarre (2008-10) was called up this afternoon (Thursday, Aug. 20) by the Cincinnati Reds, becoming the 63rd Wolverine to reach the Major Leagues. LaMarre earned the call up after Cincinnati traded Marlon Byrd to the San Francisco Giants.
The Jackson, Michigan, native is in his sixth season in professional baseball and was hitting .257 with 17 doubles, a triple, eight home runs and 18 RBI in 91 games for the Louisville Bats, the Reds' Triple-A affiliate in the International League. LaMarre has a .261 career average with 91 doubles and 36 home runs in professional baseball, all with the Reds organization.
An All-Big Ten first team selection in 2010, LaMarre hit .419 his junior season with nine doubles, five triples and five home runs in 36 games. He earned All-Mideast Region second team honors as a junior and owns the sixth highest season batting average in school history. He led the team with a .344 average as a sophomore, earning All-Big Ten second team honors in the outfield. LaMarre led the team that year in runs scored (55) and was second in home runs with 12.
LaMarre becomes the third Wolverine actively playing in the Major Leagues, joining the Chicago White Sox's Zach Putnam and the Chicago Cubs' Clayton Richard. Putnam was the last Wolverine to make his Major League debut when he pitched for the Cleveland Indians in 2011.
LaMarre joins a team that traded Byrd and put another outfielder, Billy Hamilton, on the disabled list.
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