Everyone Contributed: #12 Mark Reynolds
The list goes on as we honor each member of the 2012 Orioles who did Baltimore proud, winning 93-games en route to the playoffs, and ending a 14-year futility streak. Each player had a part in the team’s success, and today we honor #12, first baseman, Mark Reynolds.
“The Sheriff”. His approach is a simple one. Swing as hard you possibly can and hope to make contact. When he squares up on a ball, it goes a long, long, long way. Reynolds doesn’t get many cheap home runs. They are all no doubters.
Reynolds is one of the most debated Orioles players. Some people can live with the .221 batting average as long as he’s blasting homers. Some people cannot. Different schools of baseball thought. What we can all agree on is that he played his best ball when we needed him the most. Late in the season against the division rivals.
In the month of September, Reynolds blasted nine home runs and drove in 24 RBI. Five of those home runs came in three winning efforts over the Yankees. He would finish the year with 23 homers and 69 RBI.
He was certainly the seasons most improved Oriole as over one-third of his homers and RBI came in September. His glove vastly improved as well when Buck Showalter made the switch, moving Reynolds from 3rd base to 1st. Reynolds made six errors in 15 games at third, then made only five errors in 108 games played at first. A .995 fielding percentage as a first baseman. Some might say if he played the full season there he could have been a gold glover. Countless times we saw him dive off the bag leaving his tip toes on to grab an errant throw and still nab the runner.
The third base experiment is over, thanks to the promotion of the next guy on this list, #13. Reynolds will probably be a first baseman for the rest of his career. The Orioles chose not to exercise the 11.5 million dollar option on Reynolds contract. They have until December 1st to offer him arbitration, or he becomes a free agent.
Only time will tell if Mark Reynolds will be here in 2013.