A Story of a Man Called Reed

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A Story of a Man Called Reed

Post by RonCo » Thu Sep 02, 2021 3:02 pm

Over the past few days posts around the league and a brief flare of conversation on Discord brought up the mythological name of Jon Reed—a pitcher who, for his time, was all of everything a player could ask to be: good and hated and loved and over-hyped.

If that makes sense.

He had, perhaps, a Hall of Fame career, without a few of the stats.

He was bigger than life, really. If you can say that about a fake baseball player, Jon Reed was probably that player. If yo closed your eyes you could seem him on the mound, struggling with location but throwing with everything he had that day. He was the mustard the stirred several of the best seasons in San Fernando history. Drew comments from the pizza gallery. Made friends and enemies with the Gatling Gun ferocity of a guy with little to no control—which basically he was. Jon Reed won 122 games and lost 95 while posting a career ERA of 4.95. He won a Landis with the team.

Struck out 1,970 hitters in his career but walked 1,003 (#35 on the all-time list).

You’ve got to be a pretty good pitcher to walk 1,003 batters, don’t you?

He ate up the air waves on podcasts, and pixels on TN and features. You get the idea by now, though. Good player, wilder personality, pumped up by many a Randy/Ted/Brett/Fred fat chewing contest. In other words, bring up Jon Reed at a party, and everyone’s got a story. Fun fact of the Day: Did you know Jon Reed won a freaking Zimmer Award? You can look it up.

I got to wondering about where Jon Reed is right now. He’s been retired since 2042, after all. That's going on six years. A lot can change in six years.

Maybe he’s floating around somewhere. I haven’t checked team registers for coaches or whatnot, but you’d have to worry about a guy like him teaching mechanics to the youngsters. Maybe he’s off broadcasting somewhere, I thought to myself. Maybe he’s off prospecting? I dunno. Dude made a lot of money in his BBA days, though, and given his reputation I figure a guy like Reed is just as likely to be out blowing it on whatever floats his boat that day.

And, against that idea I present this find.

Make of it what you will, but my money is on the idea that we've found the trail.


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Re: A Story of a Man Called Reed

Post by RonCo » Thu Sep 02, 2021 3:07 pm

Disclosure -- the song is by the band of a friend of mine from a few years back. He was a teacher at my daughter's school. Cool guy.
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Re: A Story of a Man Called Reed

Post by Jwalk100 » Thu Sep 02, 2021 3:09 pm

Fitting!

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Re: A Story of a Man Called Reed

Post by bschr682 » Thu Sep 02, 2021 3:29 pm

He really is a legend. I’ll give him that
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Re: A Story of a Man Called Reed

Post by usnspecialist » Thu Sep 02, 2021 3:51 pm

I need to figure out a plan for Mr reed, I have a few possibilities.
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