March 26, 1968 |
|July 20, 1992, for the Houston Astros|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 28, 2004, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Earned run average||4.09|
|Career highlights and awards|
Richard Shane Reynolds (born March 26, 1968) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1992 through 2004 for the Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks. Listed at 6' 3", 210 lb., Reynolds batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Bastrop, Louisiana.
Reynolds attended Ouachita Christian School in Monroe, Louisiana, where he earned three All-State selections. He later attended the Faulkner University in Mobile, Alabama and University of Texas at Austin, where he was a two-time Southwest Conference first team selection. Even though, his high school coach often made the comment that Reynolds was a far better player at basketball than baseball.
Major League career
The Astros selected Reynolds in the 3rd round of the 1989 MLB Draft. He was Houston’s Opening Day starter for five straight seasons and helped the team win four division titles, while ranking among the top 10 National League pitchers in strikeouts five times between 1994 and 1999.
While at Houston, Reynolds reached double-digit wins four times by the time he earned his first and only All-Star Game selection in 2000. Overall, Reynolds won 103 games for the Astros during 11 seasons, including 20 complete games and seven shutouts.
His most productive season came in 1998, when he posted career numbers with a 19-8 record and a 3.51 earned run average in 233⅓ innings of work. He followed with a 16-14 mark and a 3.85 ERA in 1999, while leading the league with 35 starts in both of those seasons. In addition, he collected 15 or more wins and logged 200 or more innings in 1996 and from 1998–1999. As a result, Reynolds reached his 100th win and hurled more than 200 innings quicker than did Nolan Ryan in an Astros uniform.
Reynolds was released by the Astros in March 2003. He then signed a one-year contract with Atlanta and finished his career with Arizona in 2004.
In 2013, Reynolds moved back to the Monroe/Bastrop area to become an assistant coach for his alma Mater, Ouachita Christian School.
Following all his accomplishments in Major League Baseball, Reynolds entered the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014 induction class. Previously, Houston inducted Reynolds into its Astros Walk of Fame in 2012.