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Whiff King- Mark Reynolds sets new MLB strikeout record

He broke the previous mark of 204 set by…..himself in 2008. From ESPN-

Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds broke his major league strikeout record by fanning for the 205th time this season in the fourth inning of the Diamondbacks’ game against San Francisco.

Reynolds struck out for the second time Tuesday night to break the record he established last season. After doubling in a run for his career-high 100th RBI in the first, he struck out against Matt Cain in the third and rookie left-hander Madison Bumgarner in the fourth.

Reynolds added another strikeout in the sixth to up his total to 206.

“So what?” Reynolds said when asked about the strikeouts. “So what?”

Reynolds is the only player in major league history to strike out at least 200 times in a season.

Striking out excessively isn’t necessarily a liability. It prevents a player from hitting into a double play, and many right handed sluggers are slow to say the least. Just like with all baseball statistics, you have to look at the big picture to properly evaluate a player’s worth.

Reynolds is hitting .266 with 43 homers, second to St. Louis’ Albert Pujols, who has 47.

He also has a .359 On Base Percentage this year. Reynolds is a significant offensive force, in spite of his high strikeout rate. He isn’t exactly Rob Deer.

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