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Friday, April 10, 2020

Mark Reynolds Announces Retirement

Veteran slugger Mark Reynolds, who enjoyed a 13-year big league career split between the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Orioles, Indians, Cardinals, Nationals, Yankees and Brewers, announced in an appearance on Mad Dog Sports Radio on SiriusXM that he’s officially retired (Twitter link, with audio).

“I’ve moved beyond that,” Reynolds said when asked if he planned to seek another contract once MLB’s transaction freeze has been lifted. “I’ve retired. … I’m really enjoying time with my family, and it’s time for me to move on and find something else to do.”

The 36-year-old Reynolds spent the majority of the 2019 season in the Rockies organization, serving as a part-time first baseman and a bench bat until he was cut loose on July 28. He’d enjoyed a quality season with the Nationals a year prior in 2018, but Reynolds struggled to the lowest offensive numbers of his career with the Rox last year.

Originally a 16th-round pick of the Diamondbacks out of the University of Virginia back in 2004, Reynolds made his big league debut less than three years after being drafted. Reynolds was never considered one of the organization’s premier prospects — his No. 7 ranking on Baseball America’s list of D-backs prospects prior to the ’07 campaign was the only time he broke their top 30 — Reynolds hit the ground running. He was promoted to the big leagues in mid-May and closed out the remainder of the season as a regular in the lineup, hitting .279/.349/.495 with 17 home runs.


QLE Posted: April 10, 2020 at 01:16 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ajnrules Posted: April 10, 2020 at 01:31 AM (#5938146)
He's the all-team leader in home runs among players from my alma mater, so props to him.
   2. Sweatpants Posted: April 10, 2020 at 01:34 AM (#5938148)
The article mentions his propensity for strikeouts but doesn't note that he still holds the single-season record. That was a really good year, too - 44 homers, 24 stolen bases, 98 runs, 102 RBI, 127 OPS+, and the only MVP votes he ever got.
   3. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: April 10, 2020 at 08:31 AM (#5938183)
Gotta be tough to stop with 298 career home runs, but his last year was pretty bad
   4. Rally Posted: April 10, 2020 at 09:11 AM (#5938190)
One behind Tim Salmon.

   5. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: April 10, 2020 at 09:31 AM (#5938193)
That’s not a bad career. I’ve gotta think being a guy like Reynolds is nearly the perfect big league experience. He made substantial money, played over a decade and had some nice moments but at the same time ends his career anonymous enough that he can just kind of live his life.

He was pretty much the perfect second division player. Good enough to hold a job, would hit the occasional mammoth home run that would have everyone gawping but was flawed enough that he wasn’t a guy that would really help a good team.
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 10, 2020 at 09:33 AM (#5938194)
in 2009, he pulled off a full Nelson--he had more homers (44) and k's (223) in one year than Nellie Fox had in his career (35, 216)

he is one of 3 players to do that
   7. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 10, 2020 at 11:19 AM (#5938218)
Mark Reynolds had ogre-like power. Always a threat to run into one! That's how I'll remember him.
   8. BaseballObscura Posted: April 10, 2020 at 11:32 AM (#5938226)
I remember him in the playoffs with the 2012 Orioles and really enjoying his approach at the plate. Like he was the only guy in the lineup who knew how to work the count.
   9. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: April 10, 2020 at 12:12 PM (#5938252)
Among players who spent at least 40% of their career at third base, Reynolds' -12.1 dWAR is the second-worst in baseball history, and the very worst among players who aren't getting a $1,193,248.20 check from the Mets every July 1.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 10, 2020 at 12:16 PM (#5938255)
Pioneering oaf?
   11. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: April 10, 2020 at 12:59 PM (#5938276)
I like to think that RMc has the size of Bonilla's check memorized and didn't have to look it up for that post.
   12. Itchy Row Posted: April 10, 2020 at 01:09 PM (#5938287)
Reynolds was a destitute man's version of Jim Thome and, like Thome, he was drafted as a shortstop.
   13. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: April 10, 2020 at 03:10 PM (#5938345)
Re 11: I'd like to think that, too. (Actually, I knew that it was about $1.2M, but "$1,193,248.20" is not only more accurate but funnier.)
   14. puck Posted: April 10, 2020 at 03:42 PM (#5938373)
but "$1,193,248.20" is not only more accurate but funnier.

Imagine you reading out the dollar amount and ending with "AND 20 CENTS!" like Navin R. Johnson.
   15. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: April 10, 2020 at 05:56 PM (#5938435)
   16. The Duke Posted: April 11, 2020 at 11:01 PM (#5938738)
I liked Reynolds. True to his strengths. That’s a pretty good career
   17. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: April 12, 2020 at 03:07 PM (#5938866)
I’ve gotta think being a guy like Reynolds is nearly the perfect big league experience.

If his 2018 had been 2019 and he'd picked up a title as Washington's main RH pinch bat, it would be perfect.

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