Mark Reynolds‘ offseason did not go very similar to he anticipated. However when his 2018 massive league season lastly received beneath approach Sunday with the Washington Nationals, it undoubtedly exceeded the expectations he had as he debuted together with his eighth massive league crew.
“That was fun. I was in extended [spring training] and Triple-A a couple of days ago, and it’s good to be back in this atmosphere, under the lights, in a big league uniform,” Reynolds advised ESPN’s Buster Olney after the sport.
Reynolds mentioned he “definitely had some butterflies” enjoying his first recreation as a Nationwide, however he mentioned getting successful in his first at-bat, a single within the first inning, helped him quiet down.
Coming off a season during which he hit 30 dwelling runs and drove in 97, Reynolds needed to determine there’d be a minimum of a number of groups inquisitive about a man with an influence bat and the flexibility to play first, second, third and even outfield.
However Reynolds, regardless of being 11th in lively profession dwelling runs, was amongst many free brokers who needed to accept what they might get. In April, Reynolds signed a minor league cope with the Nationals and reported to Triple-A Syracuse.
“It was tough,” Reynolds mentioned of the wait. “I had lots of minor league presents, and I felt like I used to be price greater than that. So I used to be content material sitting dwelling being a dad, teaching my children, enjoying just a little golf.
“The Nationals referred to as, and I figured if I did not go now, I might by no means go once more. So I went and gave it yet another shot, and issues labored out, and I am right here.”
Reynolds’ alternative to return to the large leagues came visiting the weekend, when Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman went on the disabled checklist with a proper indirect pressure.
After singling in his first at-bat and coming out within the third, Reynolds led off the sixth with a 413-foot solo blast to left off Zack Godley that boosted Washington’s result in Four-1.
The Diamondbacks climbed again to tie the rating Four-Four earlier than Reynolds uncorked a 415-foot blast to middle within the eighth off Archie Bradley that made the distinction for the Nationals and their latest middle-of-the-order energy bat.
Reynolds has a multihomer recreation with seven main league groups, which places him one shy of Mike Cameron for probably the most ever, in keeping with the Elias Sports activities Bureau.