R. J. Reynolds (baseball)
|R. J. Reynolds|
April 19, 1959 |
|September 1, 1983, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1990, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Runs batted in||294|
Robert James Reynolds (born April 19, 1959) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball. He played with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1983 to 1990. He also played three seasons in Japan for the Yokohama Taiyo Whales and Kintetsu Buffaloes from 1991 to 1993.
Reynolds broke in as a September call-up with the Dodgers in 1983. On September 11, Reynolds' suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the ninth inning helped the Dodgers defeat the Atlanta Braves in the midst of the pennant race. The Dodgers finished three games ahead of the second-place Braves.
Reynolds spent 1984 and most of 1985 with the Dodgers, playing in more than half the team's games. On August 31, 1985, just before the trade deadline, the Dodgers obtained third baseman Bill Madlock from the Pirates to shore up their run for the playoffs. Three days later, Reynolds was sent to Pittsburgh (along with Cecil Espy and Sid Bream) as a player to be named later.
Leading off the Pirates 1986 season opener, Reynolds hit a home run off of the New York Mets' Dwight Gooden. Reynolds continued to play consistently with the Pirates, appearing in all three outfield positions and hitting near the Major League average. He played in all six games of the 1990 NLCS, getting two hits and two walks in ten at bats as the Pirates fell to the eventual champion Cincinnati Reds.