Friday, August 9, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #50 HAROLD REYNOLDS


BRIAN KENNY'S BITCH.




HIT ONLY .252 WITH 12 STEALS IN 33 ATTEMPTS WITH THE O's.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Statistics fail to measure Harold Reynolds, so let's completely ignore the numbers other than to say you could count on him to give 110 percent. He could hit, run and field. He looked like an Oriole, knew how to win, played to win and put his stirrups on one leg at a time. ... Sorry, Harold Reynolds, The Analyst, momentarily hijacked this blog. Reynolds was a two-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove Award winner during his 12-year career. Had a career-high 4.7 WAR in '90 and a career .668 OPS playing for three teams.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • In his first ever start on Sept. 5, 1983, with the Mariners, Reynolds provided a glimpse of what he could do by going 2-for-5 with a double, triple and two runs scored.

DEFINING SEASON

  • His most complete season happened in '89 in Seattle, batting .300 with 184 hits, 87 runs, nine triples and 25 steals.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Became the first Mariner to lead the league in an offensive category with his 60 steals in '87, the only season in the '80s that #86 Rickey Henderson didn't lead the AL in steals.
  2. The Orioles signed Reynolds as a free agent in December '92 and then promptly waived team and fan favorite Billy Ripken.
  3. Stole 250 bases during his career but was successful on only 64 percent of his attempts.
  4. After ESPN fired him for sexual harassment in '06, Reynolds joined MLB Network in '09, where he's befuddled viewers ever since with inane analysis based on zero statistical evidence. 
  5. He's more in his element when he puts on a glove and demonstrates fielding techniques.

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