Mark Reynolds: your jersey is on it's way in the mail. You are the man.
Reynolds struck out for his 206th time last night, breaking his own record last year of 204. His reaction? "So what." A logical and calm reaction from a dude who is pretty damn good at hitting a baseball.
But Mike and Mike -- purveyors of certain things in the "morning" -- well they think he sucks. Maybe they don't think he sucks. But they think he's garbage.
After making a bunch of "so what" pantomimes -- including "You hit 40 home runs. So what?" -- they needed some confirmation that Reynolds was indeed a horrible, awful human being for striking out.
But then a certain Keith Law (fuuuuuck, a person who knows what he's talking about!) came on. And well, you probably can guess what happened.
"Most teams don't care about strikeouts. They aren't very much worse than any other out."
That's 24 steals (tenth in the NL!) from a dude who hit 43 (and counting) bombs. He's fourth in the NL in slugging, second in homers and has a 131 OPS+. He is good at baseball. You know who else strikes out a ton? Ryan Howard. But he's on the Phillies! He's in the home run derby!
Leave Mark Reynolds alone and let him hit bombs and steal bases while striking out a lot. And let Keith Law host every baseball show on ESPN.