Mark Reynolds was supposed to provide a big right-handed bat in the middle of the Indians lineup, but after signing for $6 million he’s hit just .215 with 15 homers and a career-low .680 OPS in 99 games.
And today the Indians designated him for assignment, cutting the 29-year-old loose following a 21-game stretch in which he hit .125 with zero homers and 28 strikeouts.
Reynolds has always had bad batting averages and huge strikeout totals, but until this season he’d topped a .750 OPS every year since debuting in 2007. He should be able to latch on somewhere else fairly quickly–perhaps back with the Orioles?–but at this point Reynolds may have to settle for a part-time role facing mostly left-handed pitching.
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.