|Outfielder / Designated hitter|
August 6, 1949|
San Diego, California
|Died: May 20, 1989
Palm Desert, California
|MLB: April 7, 1974, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|NPB: 1976, for the Hanshin Tigers|
|MLB: June 1, 1974, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|NPB: 1980, for the Hanshin Tigers|
|Runs batted in||2|
|Runs batted in||324|
Michael Wayne Reinbach (August 6, 1949 – May 20, 1989) was a corner outfielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Baltimore Orioles in its 1974 season. Listed at 6' 2", 195 lb., Reinbach batted left handed and threw right handed. He was born in San Diego, California.
Career and life
His rise through the Orioles Minor League system was highlighted by a splendid 1972 season, hitting a .348 batting average with 31 home runs, 113 RBI, and a 1.087 OPS between AA and AAA while being named Southern League most valuable player, to become the first player to win this award in the league's history.
Reinbach opened 1975 at Triple A Rochester Red Wings, where he batted .290 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI and was selected to the International League All-Star team. He then joined the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball during five seasons spanning 1976–1980, becoming immediately a Tigers fans favorite for his timely hitting and solid play at first base and right field. Overall, Reinbach hit .296 with 94 homers and 324 RBI in 545 games for Hashin and earned Best Nine Award honors in 1979.
In six minor league seasons, Reinbach hit .284 with 68 homers and 331 RBI in 674 games. In between, he played winter ball with the Navegantes del Magallanes club of the Venezuelan League during the 1973-74 tournament.
Reinbach retired after his 1980 season at Japan and spent most of the decade as a pioneer in the burgeoning home computer industry. Nevertheless, he met with a series of family misfortunes, including his divorce and his father's death. He killed in an automobile accident in 1989, when his car went off a precipice in Palm Desert, California while driving to Palm Springs. He was 39 years old.
- MLB statistics and history. Baseball Reference. Retrieved on July 21, 2016.
- MiLB statistics. Baseball Reference (Minor and Japanese leagues). Retrieved on July 21, 2016.
- Mike Reinbach article. Baseball Card Breakdown. Retrieved on July 21, 2016.
- Venezuelan Winter League statistics. Pura Pelota. Retrieved on July 21, 2016.