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Mark Reynolds hilariously leaves Buck Showalter hanging after HR (GIF)

Mark Reynolds left manager Buck Showalter hanging in one of the funnier moments we’ve seen this season. The Orioles third baseman had crushed a solo home run in the third inning of Friday night’s win over the Red Sox when he made his way to the dugout. The homer was the first of the season for the slumping Reynolds, so his teammates gave him the silent treatment in the dugout — typical protocol for someone breaking out of a power slump. Reynolds recognized he was receiving the silent treatment upon approaching the dugout, so he decided to give a dose of it back, and that’s why he ended up snubbing Showalter.

“I got the silent treatment from the dugout, which was expected,” Reynolds explained, per The Baltimore Sun. “They were all sitting down, so I just ran in the tunnel. I think I stood Buck up. He was trying to give me a five and I ran by him, but I didn’t mean to. I gave him a five when I came back out.”

Even though the snub looked bad, there were no hard feelings. Showalter just hoped the homer was a sign Reynolds was breaking out of his slump. Maybe it was; Reynolds hit another home run on Saturday and raised his average by 40 points with back-to-back 2-for-4 games.

GIF via Chad Moriyama

Mark Reynolds Traded to Orioles for David Hernandez, Kam Mickolio

Former Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds is packing his bags and taking his talents to Baltimore. That means the fans at Camden Yards will be seeing lots of home runs, and far more strikeouts from their new player manning the hot corner.

Reynolds actually finished the season under the Mendoza Line, batting just .198 due to a horrendous September slump. Reynolds is still a lifetime .817 OPS guy and has bashed as many as 44 home runs in a season. While his strikeouts will remain high because of his batting approach, he’s a good candidate for a bounceback year in Baltimore and should bash at least 30 bombs per season with the short porch in left field.

The Diamondbacks are getting two pitchers in return from Baltimore, David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio. Hernandez is a 25-year-old who was a starting pitcher throughout his career in the minors and was recently converted into a reliever this past year. He started 19 games in 2009 and posted a 5.42 ERA while he started just eight games last season and relieved the rest of the time. Hernandez gave up nine home runs in just 79.1 innings but moving to the NL West from the AL East should help his numbers.

Mickolio is a 26-year-old right hander who has relieved in parts of three seasons with the Orioles, though he only has 25 innings of big league experience. Avoiding the AL East bats should help his chances of succeeding, but he only crosses me as an average reliever at best. Arizona is merely getting arms while Baltimore is getting a third baseman who should crush the ball at Camden Yards. You’ll have to deal with the low average, but I like Reynolds’ chances of bouncing back.

Mark Reynolds Drops Below Mendoza Line, on Verge of Record Worst Year

mark-reynoldsArizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds went 0-for-3 on Friday night in a loss to the Dodgers and is now batting just .199 on the season. The notorious whiff king, who’s already been fitted with a golden sombrero, is also on the verge of setting another embarrassing mark. On top of posting the three highest strikeout totals for a hitter in a single-season, Reynolds may be become the first player ever to have a higher strikeout total than batting average.

Yes it’s true.

Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic cites baseball-reference saying that Reynolds can become the first non-pitcher to accomplish this dubious distinction, as Rotoworld shared with us. Reynolds started off the year strongly, cracking seven home runs and driving in 21 runs in April while posting a .909 OPS. Although the power numbers have been steady, Reynolds’ batting average has been low each month since the start of the season.

Unfortunately for Mark and the Diamondbacks, it’s just been a brutal September. Reynolds has slumped going 4-for-57 with only one RBI. The low average is to be expected, but as long as it comes with his usual dose of home runs it’s somewhat excusable. But this slump is as bad as it gets and it now has Mark’s average at .199. If he keeps it up, he could become the first player with at least 500 at-bats in a season to hit below .200 since Tom Tresh in 1968 (from what I can tell).

This season obviously being at the low end of things, would you want a guy like Reynolds on your team? Are his 30 home runs on average worth the 200 strikeouts and career .243 average? Is the power worth the whiffs?

Mark Reynolds Receives His Golden Sombrero Crown from Cliff Lee

mark-reynoldsThe LBS Golden Sombrero Club is beginning to discriminate in terms of membership. Garrett Jones of the Pirates takes one last week against the Rockies, the LBS presses are not halted. Hank Blalock was lucky to have slipped between the cracks last week too. But Mark Reynolds, possibly the hottest hitter in baseball, getting crowned by the hottest pitcher in baseball, Cliff Lee, is definitely front page worthy.

A few things must be pointed out here. First off, Cliff Lee has been the best pitcher in baseball this month, and when he’s throwing a complete game two-hitter, you really can’t blame the hitters too much — certainly not a free swinger like Mark Reynolds. Reynolds actually leads the majors in strikeouts by a comfortable margin and even appears to be on pace to break his own single-season record.

Ordinarily I’d spend this time ripping on Reynolds for whiffing so frequently, but you have to give the guy tremendous credit because his approach is certainly paying off this year. Reynolds might be the most underrated hitter this year, ranking second in home runs and in the top 10 in nearly every major statistical category. He’s also been on fire since the All-Star break, leading the majors with 14 home runs and posting a ridiculous 1.222 OPS. We’ll definitely give him a pass for Wednesday night.