Former MGC star Reddick making playoff run with Dodgers

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COCHRAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A sign outside Stuckey Field lists all the Middle Georgia College (now Middle Georgia State University) players who’ve made it to the pros.

Right now, one name from the 2006 team is getting all the attention.

Josh Reddick, a 29-year-old right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is in the top five of the all-time Middle Georgia greats, according to two men who’ve seen them all. Jack Johnson and Billy Godfrey, both Cochran natives, have followed the school’s teams for more than 30 years.

“Of course we’ve had other players that were special too,” Godfrey said. “But he stood out as a ball player.”

“He probably had as good a read on the ball off the bat as any right fielder or left fielder,” Johnson said. “He played both while he was here.”

Reddick was only in Cochran for the 2006 season, but it was clear then he had “it.”

“You talk about athletic ability and what he could do, that guy made contact at the plate,” former MGC coach Craig Young said. “He was all out. He was full speed. Everything he did was full speed.”

He’s been on the move ever since.

“He started out with Boston I believe,” Godfrey said. “And then he went to Oakland, and then they traded him to the Dodgers.”

Now the kid from Savannah who Young says was “quiet” and “internally driven” while at Middle Georgia, is getting a chance most players only dream about. Two months after being traded to LA., Reddick and the Dodgers are just two wins away from playing in the World Series.

“When you know somebody and they’re in that position to be able to do that, it makes you feel good,” Young said.

Reddick has six hits this postseason for the Dodgers, who beat Chicago Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series.

Game 4 is Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Los Angeles.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 310 Tucker Sargent joined the 41NBC news team in April 2012. He hails from "The Great State of Alabama," as he calls it, but you won't catch him saying "Roll Tide!" Tucker grew up near Auburn, before moving to north Alabama. He graduated from Danville High School in 2007 and loves to return to the Tennessee Valley any chance he gets. He moved back south to Troy, Alabama after high school, where he graduated from Troy University in 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism. He interned in Huntsville at WAAY-TV before joining 41NBC. His passion is sports, and his favorite teams are the Auburn Tigers and Troy Trojans. On the weekends you can catch Tucker watching college football on Saturdays and NASCAR on Sundays! He's proud to call middle Georgia home for now and could always use a story idea from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch with him!