Thanks to Reynolds playing third base like a fawn wondering onto the interstate for the first time, he had a pretty good chance to hit 30+ home runs and produce no value. By no value, I mean a 0.0 Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Using Baseball-References version of WAR, only eight (8!) players have ever hit 30+ homers with an rWAR equal to or less than goose egg...
|1||Dave Kingman||2||1982||1986||33-37||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Mike Jacobs||1||2008||2008||27-27||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Tony Batista||1||2004||2004||30-30||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Dante Bichette||1||1999||1999||35-35||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Joe Carter||1||1996||1996||36-36||Ind. Seasons|
|6||Cecil Fielder||1||1995||1995||31-31||Ind. Seasons|
|7||Cory Snyder||1||1987||1987||24-24||Ind. Seasons|
|8||Tony Armas||1||1983||1983||29-29||Ind. Seasons|
In 1999, Dante Bichette was secretly replaced in the outfield with a can of Folgers coffee and nobody could tell the difference.
In 620 plate appearances, Reynolds hit 37 home runs and a .221/.323/.483 line. It's a pretty accurate picture of the player he has been over his five year career. But in 2011, his defense was off the charts poor and that gave him a chance to become the ninth player to join the club.
The Orioles, afraid of my Twitter campaign, moved Reynolds to first base. So, much to my chagrin, he finished the season with a 0.5 rWAR. He flirted with the zero mark several times down the stretch but, alas, it was not to be.
We were so close, people. So close.