Mark Reynolds Breaks Single Season Strikeout Record…Big Deal

With three strikeouts last night against the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Mark Reynolds broke his own single-season strike record of 204. Reynolds now has 206 strikeouts on the season.

While some people think this is the ultimate embarrassment for the hitter, I say what’s the big deal?

Reynolds is having a great 2009

Reynolds is having a great 2009

Strikeouts for a hitter is the most overrated stat in baseball. Here is all you need to know about strikeouts. Reggie Jackson is the career leader in strikeouts with 2,597.

Did anyone even know Jackson had that record? Does anyone remember Jackson for striking out the most times in the history of baseball? No, you don’t. You remember Jackson has being “Mr. October” and a prolific homerun hitter.

Mike Schmidt, Willie Stargell, Tony Perez, Craig Biggio, Alex Rodriguez, Dale Murphy, Lou Brock, and Mickey Mantle are all in the top-20 for career strikeouts.

I don’t think anyone mentions strikeouts when you talk about these players.

The fact is, Reynolds is having a phenomenal year. Reynolds is in the top-1o in the National League in homeruns (43), RBI (100), slugging percentage (.562), runs (93), and stolen bases (24).

Reynolds also has a .919 OPS, which ranks 12th in the NL.

And despite Reynolds increased strikeout rate this year, his stats have improved across the board in 2009. He has increased his batting avg. by 27 points, his slugging percentage by 104 points, his OPS by 140 points and his stolen bases by 13.

As long as Reynolds keeps producing the way he is, he can strikeout as much as he wants.

At the end of the day, it’s no big deal.

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2 Responses to “Mark Reynolds Breaks Single Season Strikeout Record…Big Deal”

  1. Bill Says:

    Hey,
    I don’t think my site supports trackbacks (could be wrong, as it’s a new site for me), so I wanted to let you know that I quoted from and responded to this post in my own post today:
    http://thedailysomething.com/2009-articles/september/reynolds-the-strikeout-king.html
    Thought it was a good post (and I’m glad to have found your site, you do good work), but had a minor/partial disagreement about how much it matters.

    • Adam Bernacchio Says:

      Thanks for the read and comment Bill, I really appreciate it.

      I do agree with you in your article that the older Reynolds gets, the bigger issue strikeouts are going to be. He will hit for less power and when you strikeout and hit less HR’s — it becomes an issue.

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