Thursday, April 2, 2009

Where Are They Now? Jody Reed

The first sentence on your baseball card souldn't says "Jody is not a spectacular player at short..." It's true, but there had to be something better to open with than bashing the guy's ability right off.

Jody Reed was drafted three times before he signed with the Red Sox in 1984 and was then drafted again by the Rockies in the 1992 expansion draft.

While Jody didn't have a great career, he certainly didn't have a bad career. He was a solid defensive player (though apparently not spectacular) with an above average fielding percentage at second base where he played most of his games.

He was fairly dangerous with the bat as well and led the American League with 45 doubles in 1990. According to the card, he was a good bunter and the stats back that up. Between 1988 and 1990 he was in the top ten in the AL in sacrifice hits (which includes bunts) and was number two in the NL in 1993.

In 1990 he even picked up a few points in the MVP voting, more points than Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr and Nolan Ryan in fact (not that that means much at all).

These days Jody's running a baseball training website, at Jody Reed Isn't it amazing what they can do with the internet. I guess the time had to come where coaches would be replaced by computers.


gcrl said...

jody reed. boo.