Pokey Reese

Calvin "Pokey" Reese, Jr. (born June 10, 1973), is an American former Major League Baseball infielder. Reese played with the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Boston Red Sox. With the Red Sox, he won the 2004 World Series over the St. Louis Cardinals. He batted and threw right-handed. Reese got his nickname "Pokey" because he was a big baby and his grandmother was going to call him Porkey, but accidentally called him Pokey. Reese was known for his defense, winning two Gold Gloves during his career.[1]

Pokey Reese
Second baseman / Shortstop
Born: June 10, 1973 (age 46)
Columbia, South Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 1, 1997, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2004, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.248
Home runs44
Runs batted in271
Stolen bases144
Career highlights and awards


Reese was born in Columbia, South Carolina and began his baseball career with the Princeton Reds of the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 1991. The next season, he moved up to Single-A, joining the Charleston Wheelers of the South Atlantic League.

He made his Major League debut with the Reds in 1997 and played with the team through 2001, winning two Gold Glove Awards along the way.

Following the 2001 season, he spent time on four different teams in a span of 45 days. On December 18, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies and the next day he was traded to the Red Sox for first baseman Scott Hatteberg, but the Red Sox did not tender him a contract, making him a free agent two days later. On January 30, 2002, he signed with the Pirates.

In 2003, Reese turned down a higher-paying deal from Pittsburgh to play for the Red Sox, and in 2004, he was part of Boston's first World Series win since 1918.

On May 8, 2004, at Fenway Park, Reese had the first two-homer game of his career in a Red Sox 9-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Reese hit an inside-the-park home run and one over the Green Monster, to snap a 172 at-bat homerless streak dating back to April 4, 2003. The last Red Sox player to hit a conventional homer and an inside-the-park homer in the same game was Tony Armas on September 24, 1983, at Tiger Stadium.

Reese fielded a ground ball from Rubén Sierra and threw to Doug Mientkiewicz for the final out of the 2004 ALCS, as the Red Sox won their first pennant since 1986, while winning the World Series a week later.

On January 5, 2005, he signed with the Seattle Mariners, but never played in a game before being put on the 60-day disabled list and missing the entire season due to injury.

In 2006, Reese signed a one-year deal with the Florida Marlins; however, his contract was terminated on March 5, 2006, after he left the club on March 1 and did not have direct contact with anyone on the team for over 72 hours.

In 2008, Reese signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals and played for Triple-A Columbus where in two games he strained both hamstrings and was placed on the DL for several weeks. On July 3, 2008, he returned from the disabled list to Single-A Hagerstown, but was quickly sent back up again to Triple-A Columbus. He became a free agent at the end of the season, after which he retired from professional baseball.

Playing style

At the plate, Reese struck out much more often than he walked, posting a career 0.43 walk-to-strikeout ratio (226-to-531). Reese was a high-percentage base stealer (144-for-170), Reese had a career .307 on-base percentage.

In an eight-year career, Reese was a .248 hitter with 44 home runs and 271 RBI in 856 games.

After retirement

In May 2015, Reese was named the high school baseball coach at his alma mater, Lower Richland High School in Hopkins, SC.[2]


  1. ^ Stone, Larry (2005-01-05). "The Seattle Times: Mariners: M's add defensive whiz Reese". Seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  2. ^ http://usatodayhss.com/2015/big-leaguer-pokey-reese-is-back-in-baseball-and-back-at-his-alma-mater

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1997 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1997 Cincinnati Reds season consisted of the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the National League Central. The Reds were managed by Ray Knight and Jack McKeon.

1998 Cincinnati Reds season

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1999 Cincinnati Reds season

The Cincinnati Reds' 1999 season was a season in American baseball. During the season the Reds became a surprising contender in the National League Central, winning 96 games and narrowly losing the division to the Houston Astros, ultimately missing the playoffs after losing a one game playoff with the New York Mets.

1999 Major League Baseball season

The 1999 Major League Baseball season ended with the New York Yankees sweeping the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.

The previous record of most home runs hit in a season, set at 5,064 in 1998, was broken once again as the American League and National League combined to hit 5,528 home runs. Moreover, it was the first season in 49 years to feature a team that scored 1,000 runs in a season, as the Cleveland Indians led the Majors with 1,009 runs scored. Only 193 shutouts were recorded in 2,427 regular-season games.

2000 Cincinnati Reds season

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2000 Major League Baseball season

The 2000 Major League Baseball season ended with the New York Yankees defeating the New York Mets in five games, for their third consecutive World Series title. The 2000 World Series was known as the Subway Series because both fans and the two teams could take the subway to and from every game of the series.A then-record 5,693 home runs were hit during the regular season in 2000 (the record was broken in 2017, when 6,105 home runs were hit). Ten teams hit at least 200 home runs each, while for the first time since 1989 and only the fifth since 1949 no pitcher pitched a no-hitter.

2001 Cincinnati Reds season

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2002 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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The Pirates missed the playoffs for the tenth straight season, tying a record set between 1980–89.

2003 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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Brandon Kolb

Brandon Charles Kolb (born November 20, 1973 in Oakland, California) is a former right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers in 2000 and 2001. He attended Monte Vista High School in Danville, California. He later went to Chabot College and then to Texas Tech.

Standing at 6'1", 190 pounds, Kolb was originally drafted by the Oakland Athletics 1077th overall in the 1993 draft. Deciding not to sign, he would have to wait until 1995 to be drafted again, when he was selected by the Padres in the fourth round. This time, he chose to sign.

Originally a starter in the minors, his best record was 16–9, which he achieved in 1996 with the Clinton LumberKings. Although he showed promise as a starter in the minor leagues, he was being used mostly as a reliever by 1998. He spent 1998 and 1999 entirely as a reliever.

He made his Major League debut on May 12, 2000 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at the age of 26. Although he struck out one batter in the single inning he pitched that game, he also gave up two hits and an earned run. He would improve down the stretch, lowering his season ERA to 4.50. Although he gave up 16 hits in 14 innings that year, not one of them was a home run. He walked 11 and struck out 12 that year.

During the 2000/2001 offseason, Kolb was sent to the Brewers with a player to be named later for Santiago Pérez and a player to be named later. The players to be named would end up being Will Cunnane for the Padres and minor leaguer Chad Green of the Brewers.

His career took a major turn for the worse while with the Padres in 2001. He did not give up a single earned run until his fifth appearance of 2001, but he still posted a season ERA of 13.03. He gave up six home runs in 9​2⁄3 innings of work, including three in one inning—on June 20 against the Cincinnati Reds, Kolb gave up home runs to Sean Casey, Michael Tucker, and Pokey Reese. Since he had given up two home runs the game before, Kolb ended up allowing five home runs over a two-game span—he pitched a total of only 1​2⁄3 innings in that time.

His season ended on September 19, 2001. In his final career game, Kolb allowed two earned runs. He did strike out the final batter he faced in his career, though. It was pitcher Steve Kline.

After his big league career ended, Kolb spent time bouncing around the minors until 2004, even spending time in independent baseball.

Overall in his Major League career, Kolb was 0–1 with a 7.99 ERA in 21 games. In 23​2⁄3 innings of work, Kolb walked 19 and struck out 20. He went 0-for-2 as a batter, although he did score a run. His fielding percentage was .667.

He wore numbers 47 and 38 in his career.

He lives in Flower Mound, Texas and is a private instructor.

David Patten

David Patten (born August 19, 1974) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Albany Firebirds as a street free agent in 1996. He played college football at Western Carolina.

Patten was also a member of the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. He earned three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots.

Dennys Reyes

Dennys Reyes (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdenis ˈreʝes]; born April 19, 1977) is a Mexican former professional baseball pitcher. He played for ten teams over a more than decade-long major league career. Reyes throws left-handed and is considered a lefty specialist. He stands 6'3" and weighs 250 pounds. His nickname is "The Big Sweat."

Reyes held the MLB record for games pitched by a Mexican-born player with 673, until surpassed by Joakim Soria in 2019.

Indianapolis Indians

The Indianapolis Indians are a professional Minor League Baseball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team plays in the International League. The Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Indians play at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. The team's mascot is Rowdie the Bear.

Founded in 1902, the Indianapolis Indians are the second-oldest minor league franchise in American professional baseball (after the Rochester Red Wings). The 1902 and 1948 Indians were recognized as being among the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.

Lower Richland High School

Lower Richland High School is a senior high school in unincorporated Richland County, South Carolina, north of, but not inside, the Hopkins census-designated place. It is a part of Richland County School District One. It is an International Baccalaureate school.It serves the town of Eastover and Hopkins.

Mark Bellhorn

Mark Christian Bellhorn (born August 23, 1974) is an American former professional baseball infielder. In his ten-year Major League Baseball career, Bellhorn was best known for being the starting second baseman for the Boston Red Sox during their 2004 World Series championship season.

Princeton Rays

The Princeton Rays are a Minor League Baseball team in Princeton, West Virginia, United States. They are an Advanced Rookie-level team in the Appalachian League and have been an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays since September 27, 1996. The Princeton franchise began play in the Appalachian League in 1988 and was previously affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1988–89), was a co-op team known as the Princeton Patriots (1990), and then was affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds (1991–96) before joining forces with Tampa Bay.

The Princeton Rays play their home games at H.P. Hunnicutt Field, which originally opened in 1988 (and was completely rebuilt in 2000 on the same site) and seats 1,950 fans. The team plays an annual 68-game schedule that traditionally extends from mid-June through the end of August. Through the completion of the 2012 season, the franchise has seen 57 former players move on to play regular season major league baseball that at one time wore the Princeton uniform. This list of players includes big names such as Brandon Backe, Rocco Baldelli, Carl Crawford, Jonny Gomes, Josh Hamilton, Seth McClung, Pokey Reese, Matt Moore, Wade Davis, Desmond Jennings, Jeremy Hellickson, Jason Hammel, and Jared Sandberg. NFL quarterback Doug Johnson (1997 P-Rays) and current NBA referee David Guthrie (1995 Princeton Reds) also played professional baseball for Princeton teams. The team is operated on a not-for-profit basis.

Previously known as the Princeton Devil Rays, the P-Rays announced on December 2, 2008 that they would update their name, logo, colors, and uniforms as their parent club had done the previous year.

Second baseman

In baseball and softball, second baseman is a fielding position in the infield, between second and first base. The second baseman often possesses quick hands and feet, needs the ability to get rid of the ball quickly, and must be able to make the pivot on a double play. In addition, second basemen are usually right-handed; only four left-handed throwing players have ever played second base in Major League Baseball since 1950. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the second baseman is assigned the number 4.

Good second basemen need to have very good range since they have to field balls closer to the first baseman who is often holding runners on, or moving towards the base to cover. On a batted ball to right field, the second baseman goes out towards the ball for the relay. Due to these requirements, second base is sometimes a primarily defensive position in the modern game, but there are hitting stars as well.


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