When the news broke that free agent first baseman Mark Reynolds would be signing with the Milwaukee Brewers, the reaction among fans differed. On one hand, they were happy that the long, drawn-out process of searching for a first baseman was finally over, but on the other hand, they were saying, Mark Reynolds, good God why?
In the history of Major League Baseball, there have been only six seasons in which a player has struck out 200 or more times – three of those occurrences belong to Reynolds. In 2009, he struck out 223 times, breaking Adam Dunn‘s record of most strikeouts in a single season. So if you haven’t realized yet, the dude strikes out a ton.
But, although he strikes out more than Jose Hernandez (as if that’s possible), he brings gargantuan power to the Brewers. In six seasons, Reynolds has 202 home runs. To put that in perspective, slugger Ryan Braun has 211 home runs in the same amount of time.
There’s good and evil that Reynolds brings to the Brewers, and hopefully his good prospers in 2014. Let’s hear what fans had to say about the signing.
Brewers 2014 slogan: Hit it hard or go down swinging. Time to break the MLB record for strikeouts! Mark Reynolds will help us tremendously.
— William Payne (@Billyummm) January 18, 2014
Mark Reynolds is a great pickup for the Brewers. — Johnny Lee (@LohnnyJee) January 17, 2014
Brewers have signed Mark Reynolds. Could be a platoon of Reynolds/Francisco at first. That’s a lot of swings and misses.
— Lance Veeser (@lanceveeser) January 17, 2014
Brewer 1B platoon of Juan Francisco & Mark Reynolds is all or nothing power. Expect low batting averages & deep long balls. Not bad for no $
— Peter Barnhardt (@BuckyBarnhardt) January 17, 2014