Harold Reynolds

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Harold Reynolds
Reynolds at the 2008 World Series
Second baseman
Born: (1960-11-26) November 26, 1960 (age 59)
Eugene, Oregon
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 1983, for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
August 7, 1994, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Batting average .258
Hits 1,233
Runs batted in 353
Career highlights and awards

Harold Craig Reynolds (born November 26, 1960) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman. He played from 1983 to 1994, primarily for the Seattle Mariners, and later for the Baltimore Orioles and California Angels. Since his retirement, he has become a well known television analyst, working for MLB Network and Fox Sports.


High school

Born in Eugene, Oregon,[1] Reynolds was raised in Corvallis and starred in football, basketball, and baseball at Corvallis High School. He was a member of the state championship (AAA) football team in 1978, graduated in 1979, and was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.[2] He was a member of Corvallis' American Legion baseball team that won state and regional titles in August 1978.[3]


Although Reynolds was selected in the 6th round of the 1979 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres on June 5, he elected not to sign and played college baseball at Cañada College in Redwood City, California. In the 1980 draft on June 3, Reynolds was selected in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the amateur draft (Secondary Phase) by the Seattle Mariners.

On June 1, 2013 Reynolds was inducted into the Cañada College Hall of Fame and was presented with the "Colts Lifetime Achievement Award".

Professional career

Reynolds spent several seasons in the minor leagues, playing for the Wausau Timbers (A) in Wisconsin in 1981, Lynn Sailors (AA) in Massachusetts in 1982, and Salt Lake Gulls (AAA) in Utah in 1983,[4] prior to his major league debut on September 2, 1983. The following season, he played AAA ball in Salt Lake before being called up again in September 1984. The 1985 season was his official rookie season in Major League Baseball.

Reynolds was an All-Star in 1987 and 1988, led the American League in stolen bases with 60 in 1987, in triples with 11 in 1988, and in at-bats with 642 in 1990. He was the only player other than Rickey Henderson to lead the American League in stolen bases during any season in the 1980s. In 1986, he played in Puerto Rico with the Mayaguez Indians.

In 1991, Reynolds won the Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to a Major League Baseball player selected for his character and charitable contributions to his community.

On Oct. 26, 1992, Reynolds was granted free agency and signed with the Baltimore Orioles that December. After one season with the Orioles, he again entered free agency on Oct. 29, 1993. Reynolds signed with the San Diego Padres on Jan. 28, 1994, before being traded to the California Angels that March for Hilly Hathaway. The 1994 season was Reynolds' final season in the major leagues.

During a 12-year baseball career, Reynolds batted .258 with 1,233 hits and 353 runs batted in.

A superb fielder, Reynolds regularly led the league in double plays turned and won three Gold Glove awards for his play at second base.

Broadcasting career


Reynolds was a lead studio analyst on ESPN's Baseball Tonight from 1996–2006. He would appear at major baseball events on the ESPN set including the All-Star Game and the World Series. He also was a commentator for ESPN's coverage of the College World Series and Little League World Series. He was also a two time winning coach in the Taco Bell All Star Celebrity Softball game held during the MLB All Star break. He was known for telling his players to "let it all hang out."[citation needed]

Termination at ESPN

On July 24, 2006, Harold Reynolds was fired from ESPN. The ESPN spokeswoman confirmed that Reynolds "is no longer with the network" but did not give a reason for the departure.[5] "Three people who work at ESPN and familiar with the case said the cause was a pattern of sexual harassment."[6] Reynolds called this incident "a total misunderstanding" and that "I gave a woman a hug and I felt like it was misinterpreted."[7]

It was announced on October 30, 2006, that Reynolds planned to sue ESPN after having tried "everything possible to handle this situation quietly behind the scenes," while stating that he is seeking the money owed to him under the remainder of his contract, including interest and lost earnings.[8] The Smoking Gun obtained a copy of Reynolds' contract that was filed as part of the lawsuit. Reynolds' lawsuit is for $5 million, roughly equivalent to the value of the contract Reynolds signed that was scheduled to cover the 2006–2011 seasons.[9]

ESPN settled the case in April 2008, giving Reynolds a seven figure settlement (Portland Tribune, April 29, 2008).

Post-ESPN Career

On June 11, 2007, Reynolds officially joined MLB.com as a baseball commentator.[10] Reynolds settled his lawsuit with ESPN on April 16, 2008. Nine days later, Reynolds officially joined Mets pre-game and post-game coverage on SportsNet New York as a baseball commentator.[11] Reynolds also worked with TBS on their Sunday baseball telecasts, as well as the 2008 MLB Playoffs.

MLB Network

Since its launch on January 1, 2009, Reynolds has been an analyst on MLB Network.[12] Reynolds regularly appears on MLB Tonight, Quick Pitch, Diamond Demo and MLB Network's breaking news and special event coverage, including the All-Star Game, Postseason and World Series. He also stars in a new show alongside Brian Kenny titled MLB Now. The new series airs Monday thru Friday on MLB Network. Reynolds was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award for his work as a studio analyst on MLB Network in 2010 and 2011.

Fox Sports

Reynolds became a member of the MLB on Fox pregame show in 2012, which at the time was being produced out of MLB Network's studios. Reynolds worked on Fox's pregame show for two years alongside Matt Vasgersian and Kevin Millar. With the retirement of Fox's lead analyst Tim McCarver following the 2013 season, Reynolds, along with Tom Verducci, was promoted to join Joe Buck on the network's top broadcast team.

Sports education

Reynolds provides an in-game tutorial on how to hit, field, and pitch in the Triple Play Baseball and MVP Baseball series. He has also started an organization called HR Enterprises.[13]


Reynolds' brother Don is a former outfielder who played parts of two seasons with the San Diego Padres.[14]

See also


  1. Bellamy, Ron (February 11, 1994). "Second chance is all he seeks". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Six new inductees join Oregon Hall of Fame". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. June 30, 1998. p. 2D.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Corvallis upends Yakima for title". Ellensburg Daily Record. Washington. UPI. August 28, 1978. p. 6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Kragthorpe, Kurt (June 15, 1983). "Owen-Reynolds combination clicks". Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. p. 8B.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Reynolds out at ESPN". Associated Press. 2006-07-25. Retrieved 2006-07-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "ESPN's Reynolds let go over sexual harassment". 2006-07-26. Archived from the original on 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2006-07-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Marchand, Andrew (2006-07-26). "Accused of Sexual Harassment: Reynolds Wants ESPN Job Back". New York Post. Archived from the original on 2006-08-19. Retrieved 2006-07-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Reynolds sues ESPN for $5 million". Retrieved 2007-10-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Sandomir, Richard (February 8, 2007). "Reynolds's Pact Is Included in Amended ESPN Suit". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Former All-Star Reynolds joins MLB.com", MLB.com
  11. [1], metsblog.com
  12. http://mlb.mlb.com/network/personalities/?id=3686541
  13. profile
  14. Fred McMane, United Press International, Wolverines Popular in Baseball Draft, June 6, 1979

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