Pitcher Shane Reynolds to Be Considered for Hall of Fame
By SAMANTHA CARR
December 31, 2009
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Shane Reynolds used a splitter and pinpoint control to pitch 13 seasons in the big leagues. No blazing fastball for Reynolds, but no problem for a pitcher who won 114 games.
“Who cares how hard you can throw if you can hit your spots,” said Reynolds.
|Shane Reynolds is one of 26 players on the BBWAA ballot for election to the Class of 2010 at the Hall of Fame.|
The longtime Astros pitcher is one of 26 players on the 2010 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Class of 2010 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Reynolds is making his debut on the BBWAA ballot.
BBWAA members who have at least 10 years of tenure with the organization can vote in the election, and the results will be announced Jan. 6. Any candidate who receives at least 75 percent of all BBWAA votes cast will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2010. The Induction Ceremony will be held July 25 in Cooperstown.
Born March 26, 1968, in Bastrop, La., Reynolds made his major league debut for Houston in 1992, throwing 25 innings for the club. Reynolds became a mainstay of the Astros staff in 1994 and posted an 8-5 record, a 3.05 ERA and 110 strikeouts – finishing 11th in Rookie of the Year voting.
Just two years later, Reynolds went 16-10 with 204 strikeouts and finished ninth in Cy Young Award voting, but his best season was yet to come. In 1999, Reynolds went 19-8 with a 3.51 ERA, led the league in starts for the second consecutive year (35), as well as walks per nine innings and strikeouts per walk. Reynolds struck out 197 in 231 innings with only 37 free passes.
“He’s one of the top pitchers in all of baseball,” said Atlanta manager Bobby Cox. “How come nobody ever writes anything about him?’
Reynolds made his first All-Star appearance in 2000, then signed with Atlanta in 2003 as a free agent. The following year he played for the Diamondbacks before retiring.
“This guy can flat-out pitch,” said former opponent-turned teammate John Smoltz. “He’s a pitcher that can frustrate opponents because they feel like, ‘Hey, I can get this guy,’ and the next thing they know, they’re 0-for-3.”
Samantha Carr is the media relations coordinator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum