He was one of the first UVa baseball players to reach the big leagues in the Brian O'Connor era. Mark Reynolds his now in his seventh season in the majors but first with the Cleveland Indians.
Reynolds fielded dozens of questions from the media on Monday in his return to Baltimore this week and had some pre-game fun with his former Oriole teammates and coaches. Reynolds is now part of an Indians team that is just three and a half games behind the first place Tigers in the A.L. Central. Reynolds leads Cleveland this season with 14 home runs and 44 RBI.
Reynolds says "I'm in a great situation now, great group of guys, great manager, great city and I'm just trying to focus on what we're trying to do and win some games for the Indians."
Reynolds spent the last two seasons with the Orioles. He hit 23 home runs last season with 69 RBI Helping the O's to a magical post-season run and snapping Baltimore's streak of 15-straight losing seasons. But the orioles let him go at the end of the season. He signed with Cleveland.
Indians manager, Terry Francona says, "He's a baseball player and I mean that in a good way, He's played first base, he's played third, he's Dh'd. He's a grinder, he's been a joy. We love him."
Reynolds was drafted out of Virginia in 2004. He was part of an outstanding Cavalier infield in coach Brian O'Connor first season at Virginia playing short stop, flanked by Ryan Zimmerman at 3rd base.
Reynolds says, "I would trade three years in the big leagues for three more years in college. It was the best time of my life. I had a great time, it was a great experience."
Reynolds is now married with two kids.
"Its awesome, having two little boys, kind of seeing myself in them and they're starting to like baseball and watch me on TV its pretty cool."
The Indians are currently playing a four game series against the Orioles in Baltimore.@