When the Cleveland Indians signed Mark Reynolds to a one year deal, they were hoping he could put some excitement back in the Indians line-up at the D.H. spot. Reynolds is the kind of hitter that it is either all or nothing. Yes, the guy who hit a blast over the score-board in Goodyear Arizona that had to travel over 500 feet doesn’t do that all the time. He struck out 199 times last season.
The Indians are hoping under the watchful eye of Terry Francona, Reynolds will gain some more patience at the plate this season. Francona who loved watching the ball travel over the score-board in the desert thinks it is fun to watch. He’s right. It is fun to watch. The thing people are wondering now is, how many of those shots will Reynolds have in him this season.
At 29-years-old, he should have some pop left in his bat. If they can teach him a little patience at the plate, he could deliver a great season in Cleveland. That is where a guy like Francona comes in. He has seen it all throughout his baseball career, although seeing a blast that traveled like the one Reynolds hit Saturday doesn’t happen that often, Francona put it in its proper perspective.
If the Tribes offense continues to produce the kind of runs they are producing this spring once the season starts, it won’t matter if Reynolds strikes out once in a while. But if they send him to the plate in a must hit situation and he strikes out a lot, I think Francona’s patience will run out.
Nonetheless, it is going to be an exciting season in Cleveland this year. The fans can’t wait to see if Reynolds has a few of those shots left for the regular season.
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