Reimold in 2011
October 12, 1983 |
|May 14, 2009 for the Baltimore Orioles|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||139|
|Career highlights and awards|
Reimold was born to John and Mary Reimold on October 12, 1983 in Greenville, Pennsylvania. He attended Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. In addition to baseball, he was also on the basketball team in a traditional football-heavy stronghold of Western Pennsylvania.
Reimold attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, the same as former Bowie Baysox teammate Jeff Hundley  and Major League relief pitcher Burke Badenhop. Reimold currently holds the career records at Bowling Green State for home runs and runs batted in (RBI). Reimold was an all Mid-American Conference outfielder in 2004, and a 3rd-team All American as a designated hitter in 2005. He was named National Hitter of the Week on March 28, 2005. He led the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in home runs (20), RBIs (60), total bases (137), on-base percentage (.496), and slugging percentage (.770) throughout the 2005 regular season, only to be second in batting (.360) behind fellow Falcon teammate, Andy Hudak.
Reimold was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles as their 2nd round pick (61st overall) in the 2005 MLB Draft. He became the fourth highest Falcon ever drafted and just the third Falcon drafted in the top two rounds. He also became first Falcon ever to be named All-America by three different outlets in one season which were the NCBWA Second Team, ABCA Third Team, Baseball America Third Team. After signing, he played for the Aberdeen IronBirds and Frederick Keys, and was a New York–Penn League all-star for the IronBirds. He continued to play with the Frederick Keys for the 2006 season, and was the MVP for the Carolina League's all-star game. He started the 2007 season with the Bowie Baysox but was sidelined shortly thereafter with an oblique strain. After a brief rehab stint with the Gulf Coast Orioles, Reimold returned to the Baysox to finish the rest of the season.
He continued playing for the Bowie Baysox for the 2008 season, and was named an Eastern League post-season all-star. In game two of Bowie's match-up with the Akron Aeros in the first round of the Eastern League playoffs, Reimold hit three home runs for the first time in his career en route to finishing 4-for-5 with eight RBIs.
Reimold played for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League during the 2008 Winter Baseball season. Baseball America named him the 5th-best prospect in the Orioles' farm system for the 2009 season.
He reported to the Norfolk Tides, the Orioles' Triple-A team to begin the 2009 season, and was recalled to the major league club on May 14 collecting his first major league hit that night off Ron Mahay, then would collect his first major league RBI and double, both off Royals pitcher Kyle Davies on May 16. Reimold hit his first career home run on May 20, 2009 against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium off Mariano Rivera. On May 27, 2009 Reimold hit his first walk off home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 11th inning to give the Orioles a 12–10 victory.
On September 18, the O's decided to shut down Reimold for the rest of the season due to fraying in his left Achilles tendon. The surgery was successful to repair the Achilles, but the rehab was not complete until late in the 2010 year, causing many of his future issues.[how?]
Reimold started the season with the Baltimore Orioles as the starting left fielder. After a slow start in his first 83 at-bats, Reimold was demoted back to Norfolk on May 12, 2010, where the coaching staff was retooling him to play first base. Since that time, the Orioles released their starting first baseman Garrett Atkins, which may allow Reimold to rejoin the Orioles after the All-Star Break.
Nolan had a successful 2011 campaign with most of his playing time in left field after Luke Scott tore his labrum and Félix Pie was sent down to the minor leagues. In the season finale against the visiting Boston Red Sox, he tied the game on an RBI double and crossed the plate for the game-winning run. The loss, coupled with the walk-off win by the Tampa Bay Rays minutes later, eliminated the Red Sox from playoff contention.
Reimold started the 2012 season strong playing in left field, hitting .313 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in his first 16 games, but was plagued by injuries including a herniated disk that put him on the disabled list after April 30. He was moved to the 60-day disabled list on June 12. On June 22, it was announced Reimold would undergo surgery to repair the disk in his neck, which ended his season.
Reimold struggled in 2013, dealing with more injuries and batting .195 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 40 games. In order to fix the procedure performed the previous June, he was once again forced to undergo season-ending corrective surgery after limited playing time.
After the season, Reimold signed a one-year contract with the Orioles, promising him just over $1 million for the 2014 season while avoiding arbitration.
Reimold was designated for assignment by the Orioles on July 1, 2014. He was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on July 6. After 4 games played with the Blue Jays, in which he batted .333 with 3 RBI, Reimold was placed on the 15-day DL with a left calf strain on July 12. On July 31, 2014, Reimold went 2 for 4 including 2 home runs against the Houston Astros to lead the Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory. He was designated for assignment on August 26 when Kevin Pillar was recalled. On August 28, Reimold was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nolan married the former Jennifer Corace and they have five children. Reimold has an older brother, John, who played for the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team, and currently plays professionally in Luxembourg. Reimold's younger brother, Shamus, is studying to be an Ophthalmologist. He currently attends Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania.
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