December 1, 1967 |
Florence, South Carolina
|August 22, 1991 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 29, 2007 for the Kansas City Royals|
|Runs batted in||983|
|Career highlights and awards|
Reginald Laverne Sanders (born December 1, 1967) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball. He bats and throws right-handed. Sanders was 24 years old when he made his major league debut on August 22, 1991, after being selected in the 7th round of the 1987 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He attended Spartanburg Methodist College before beginning his pro career with the Rookie-level Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League in 1988. He also played professionally with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals, and was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks' 2001 World Series champions. With the Cardinals, Sanders had a breakout of sorts during the 2005 National League Division Series against the San Diego Padres. In a three-game sweep of the Padres, Sanders had 10 runs batted in, a new record for a division series.
On April 13, 1994, Pedro Martínez lost a perfect game with one out in the eighth inning when he hit Cincinnati's Sanders with a pitch. An angered Sanders charged the mound, and was later ridiculed in the press for assuming that a pitcher would abandon a perfect game in order to hit a batter intentionally.
On June 10, 2006, as a member of the Royals, Reggie hit his 300th home run. This made him the fifth member of Major League Baseball's 300-300 club, as he had stolen the 300th base of his career on May 1, and had gotten his 302nd career stolen base just a day earlier. He became the first player in history to join the club at his home stadium. Steve Finley of the San Francisco Giants joined the 300-300 club as its sixth member on June 14, four days after Sanders achieved the feat. Sanders hit 20 or more home runs in one season for five different National League teams. He hit at least 10 home runs in a season for every major league team he played for (seven in all).
Sanders missed the majority of the 2007 season due to an injury and became a free agent after the season.
- List of top 300 Major League Baseball home run hitters
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