Slugger Mark Reynolds is retiring after hitting 298 homers over 13 campaigns with eight teams.
The 36-year-old made the announcement Thursday on SiriusXM Radio. When the free agent was asked whether he still was pursuing a new team, Reynolds said he has “moved beyond that, I’ve retired.” He added that he’s enjoying spending time with his family and it was time for him “to find something else to do.”
Reynolds was a prime example of the rise of all-or-nothing masher. His best years came with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He hit .260 in 2009 and set a career high with 44 homers and what is still a big league record 223 strikeouts.
The previous year he had become the first batter to reach 200 strikeouts, and he has three of the 13 200-strikeout seasons by big league batters.
He hit at least 30 homers four times and led the majors in strikeouts three times.
He had a .236 batting average and split most of his time in the field between third base and first base. After four years with the D-backs, he bounced among the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals over five seasons campaigns varying amounts of success.
He had a late-career resurgence with Colorado and hit 30 homers in 2017, but when he returned to the Rockies last year he batted .170 with a career-low four homers and 20 RBIs in 162 plate appearances.
Reynolds is going to be on the Hall of Fame ballot five years from now. He’s a one-and-done candidate for sure, but it’s still a feat to make it on the ballot.