|Second baseman / Shortstop|
June 10, 1973 |
Columbia, South Carolina
|April 1, 1997, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 2004, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||271|
|Career highlights and awards|
Calvin "Pokey" Reese, Jr. (born June 10, 1973), is a former American Major League Baseball infielder. Reese played with the Cincinnati Reds (1997-2001), Pittsburgh Pirates (2002-2003), and Boston Red Sox (2004). He batted and threw right-handed. Reese got his nickname "Pokey" because he was an obese baby and his grandmother was going to call him Porkey, but accidentally called him Pokey. Reese was known for his defense, winning two Gold Gloves during his career.
Reese was born in Columbia, South Carolina and began his baseball career with the Princeton Reds of the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 1991. The next season, he moved up to Single-A, joining the Charleston Wheelers of the South Atlantic League.
He made his Major League debut with the Reds in 1997 and played with the team through 2001, winning two Gold Glove Awards along the way.
Following the 2001 season, he spent time on four different teams in a span of 45 days. On December 18, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies and the next day he was traded to the Red Sox for first baseman Scott Hatteberg, but the Red Sox did not tender him a contract, making him a free agent two days later. On January 30, 2002, he signed with the Pirates.
In 2003, Reese turned down a higher-paying deal from Pittsburgh to play for the Red Sox, and in 2004, he was part of Boston's first World Series win since 1918.
On May 8, 2004, at Fenway Park, Reese had the first two-homer game of his career in a Red Sox 9-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Reese hit an inside-the-park home run and one over the Green Monster, to snap a 172 at-bat homerless streak dating back to April 4, 2003. The last Red Sox player to hit a conventional homer and an inside-the-park homer in the same game was Tony Armas on September 24, 1983, at Tiger Stadium. It was he who grabbed the groundball of Rubén Sierra and threw to Doug Mientkiewicz for the final out of the 2004 ALCS, as the Red Sox won their first pennant since 1986, while winning the World Series a week later.
In 2006, Reese signed a one-year deal with the Florida Marlins; however, his contract was terminated on March 5, 2006, after he left the club on March 1 and did not have direct contact with anyone on the team for over 72 hours.
In 2008, Reese signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals and played for Triple-A Columbus where in two games he strained both hamstrings and was placed on the DL for several weeks. On July 3, 2008, he returned from the disabled list to Single-A Hagerstown, but was quickly sent back up again to Triple-A Columbus. He became a free agent at the end of the season, after which he retired from professional baseball.
At the plate, Reese struck out much more often than he walked, posting a career 0.43 walk-to-strikeout ratio (226-to-531). Reese was a high-percentage base stealer (144-for-170), Reese had a career .307 on-base percentage.
- Stone, Larry (2005-01-05). "The Seattle Times: Mariners: M's add defensive whiz Reese". Seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)