Sunday, May 13, 2012

Zero-Year Cards, Part 31

1994 Pinnacle #475 Harold Reynolds (Padres)

Before I start, I'd just like to wish a very happy Mother's Day to my mom.

She's always been tremendously supportive of my hobby, something I'll always be highly appreciative of. She even treated me to a card show as my birthday gift this year. (Which netted me these. And these.)

She'll even at least feign interest in "zero-year" cards if I happen to bring them up. After all, they are quite an eclectic interest.

That's all I could ever ask for. Thanks, Mom!

And while we're on the topic of "zero-year" cards, here is the 31st installment in an ongoing series.

The winner of my recent contest was TTG, author of the great blog "Friars on Cardboard". (A blog which I first discovered as the result of my contest. I'm glad I did.)

He recently sent me an email saying he had a few "zero-year" cards to send my way, one of which was this very Harold Reynolds card. I actually already had it, and it was in fact the next one I was going to feature in the series.

A happy coincidence.

Reynolds had a pretty good major league career. He was a two-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glover, and led the league in stolen bases in 1987 (with 60). Reynolds spent 12 years in the bigs, the first ten of which came in Seattle. He'd play his final two years with the Orioles and Angels.

After his lone year in Baltimore, he signed with San Diego. However, the Padres dealt him to the Angels just before the start of the '94 season. The 74 games he'd play with the Angels that year would be his last in the bigs.

Reynolds may very well be better known for his role as a broadcaster/analyst more than a player once all is said and done (if that's not the case already). He's currently part of the MLB Network team after spending 11 years at ESPN.

I've changed my opinion on Reynolds in recent years. I didn't much care for him when he used to be on "Baseball Tonight". However, I've gotten to see more and more of him ever since we got MLB Network, and I actually look forward to his segments and opinions on "MLB Tonight". 

He knows the game better than most other former players-turned-analysts I've seen. Coming to this realization is what changed my opinion of him in the first place.

Reynolds joins Mark Prior and Mike Scioscia in San Diego's exclusive "zero-year club". 

With this "zero-year" card, the Padres are tied with the Expos for the most cards in the series. (Three.)

Welcome to the club, Mr. Reynolds.

1 comment:

Marcus said...

had no idea that he signed with the Pads! so used to seeing him in a Mariners jersey on all of the cards that I have of him, he looks strange in the Padre blue and orange. i agree, i like him on MLB Network as well.