Mark Reynolds is back with the Rockies for a second stint after a year in the Washington Nationals organization. He will turn 36 in August and is expected to once again provide veteran leadership for many of Colorado’s young, up-and-coming players.
However, Reynolds hasn’t officially made the Opening Day roster yet. At the end of January, he was signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He’s competing for a roster spot, which ties directly into the advice he shared.
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“I guess the one thing that always stuck with me from my dad is that baseball has a lot of people playing,” Reynolds said. “Always be working and remember that someone is trying to take your job. You have to keep at it.”
And what advice would he pass along to younger players?
“You have to love it (baseball),” Reynolds said. “It’s a game of failure. It’s a pretty easy game to get frustrated with and quit. You have to love it and if you love it, you have to work. It’s a two-pronged deal. There are plenty of times when I get in a slump and think, ‘Screw it. This sucks. What am I doing this for?’ But it keeps going back to the love for the game. That’s something that can’t really be taught. It just has to be there.”