ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

Mark Reynolds wonders ‘what if’ with late-2000s Diamondbacks

Apr 10, 2020, 7:05 PM
Mark Reynolds #27 (R) of the Arizona Diamondbacks is welcomed home after his three run homerun in t...
Mark Reynolds #27 (R) of the Arizona Diamondbacks is welcomed home after his three run homerun in the sixth inning off of starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies during MLB action at Coors Field on July 5, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Mark Reynolds looks back fondly on his time in Arizona.

The former major league infielder, who announced his retirement on Thursday, played only four of his 13 MLB seasons with the Diamondbacks. But those four represented important moments in his career, including his debut, his first Opening Day and his first taste of the postseason. He said he made his home in Scottsdale for a decade and missed the people he met in Arizona once he left.

His rookie season, in 2007, the Diamondbacks got all the way to the NLCS.

“It was my rookie year and I was like, ‘Man, this is cool, we’ll be here every year, this is going to be awesome.’ And four or five years in, you’re like, ‘Man, it’s really hard to make the playoffs,'” Reynolds told Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo on Friday. “And I took it for granted obviously because I so young and just didn’t really know much about it.”

The following year, in 2008, the D-backs were in contention again. Reynolds was back for his first full season, as was Justin Upton, and Brandon Webb was coming off back-to-back seasons of top-2 finishes in Cy Young voting. A pitcher by the name of Max Scherzer made his MLB debut.

The D-backs narrowly missed the playoffs. In 2009 and 2010, Arizona finished in last place.

“I just wish we could’ve got that group together, me, Stephen Drew, Chris Young, Justin Upton, Scherzer, all those guys,” Reynolds said. “We would’ve had a heck of a team. I understand decisions have to be made but I felt like if we could’ve made a run there for three or four years, we could’ve had a shot at a title, for sure.”

In fairness, the 2009 D-backs did feature all of the players Reynolds mentioned, himself included. But the team lost its ace, Webb, to an injury on Opening Day — he would never pitch in the majors again — while the pitching staff had a below-league-average ERA. The team was near the bottom of the league in batting average and 20th in runs scored.

Reynolds himself had a career year in ’09, hitting 44 home runs with 102 RBIs and an .892 OPS.

“I could care less about individual stuff. I wanted to compete for a World Series and that’s all I wanted to do ever since we got so close in 2007,” he said. “It was unfortunate that we kind of took a nosedive there towards the end of my time in Phoenix. I think I had three managers in four years, Bob Melvin, Kirk Gibson and A.J. Hinch. And it was just a tumultuous time after ’07, to where I was in 2010 when I got traded.

“I wish we could’ve kept Bob in there and had all of our core that we had there for a couple years together and could’ve made something of it. But I look back with nothing but good times and the fans were awesome.”

Penguin Air

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Tyler Gilbert throws to an Arizona Diamondbacks batter during the firs...
Wills Rice

D-backs recall LHP Tyler Gilbert from Triple-A Reno, DFA J.B. Wendelken

The D-backs recalled LHP Tyler Gilbert from Triple-A, claimed INF Sergio Alcantara and DFA'd RHP J.B Wendelken on Tuesday.
16 hours ago
Third base coach Tony Perezchica #3 high fives Christian Walker #53 of the Arizona Diamondbacks aft...
Jake Anderson

Christian Walker making case to represent D-backs in Home Run Derby

D-backs first baseman Christian Walker is tied for seventh in all of MLB and ranked third in the NL with 21 home runs this season.
16 hours ago
Madison Bumgarner #40 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches in the first inning against the San Franc...
Jake Anderson

Madison Bumgarner, D-backs offense deliver in July 4 win over Giants

The Diamondbacks beat the NL West rival Giants 8-3 in front of 27,752 fans at Chase Field on the Fourth of July.
2 days ago
Tyler Gilbert #49 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second ...
Alex Weiner

D-backs to recall LHP Tyler Gilbert to start Tuesday vs. Giants

LHP Tyler Gilbert will start for the Diamondbacks Tuesday against the Giants at Chase Field, manager Torey Lovullo said Monday. 
2 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Ian Kennedy reacts in the dugout after he was pulled from a bas...
Alex Weiner

D-backs place RHP Ian Kennedy on 15-day IL with calf inflammation

The Diamondbacks placed setup man Ian Kennedy on the 15-day injured list due to right calf inflammation, the team announced Monday.
2 days ago
(Instagram photo / Jackson Holliday)...
Alex Weiner

D-backs select SS Jackson Holliday, son of Matt Holliday, on mock drafts

Mock drafts from ESPN analyst Kiley McDaniel and MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo have the Diamondbacks selecting Jackson Holliday No. 2 overall.
2 days ago
Mark Reynolds wonders ‘what if’ with late-2000s Diamondbacks