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Mark Reynolds whiffs way into history for second straight year

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Another of the milestones we were tracking was passed on Tuesday night.

But unlike Ichiro topping Wee Willie Keeler or Derek Jeter taking down Lou Gehrig, Mark Reynolds(notes) broke the record no ballplayer wants to break.

And the Arizona third baseman broke it for the second year in a row, no less.

With a fourth-inning strikeout against San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner(notes), Reynolds did the walk of shame back to the dugout for the 205th time this season, surpassing the MLB-record 204 whiffs he set in 2008.

Reynolds struck out three times on the night to reach 206, but he also recorded his 100th RBI of the season, continuing an offensive output — he also has 43 home runs in 2009 — that make all those misses a lot easier to take.

But despite his insistence to our own Tim Brown that he keeps the Ks in a proper perspective, he didn't appear too eager to talk about the new record after the game.

From the Arizona Republic:

Reynolds said getting 100 RBIs was a goal he was proud to reach, but when asked if it helped to temper his disappointment over back-to-back 200-plus strikeout seasons, he quickly appeared irritated.

"So what?" he said. " . . . So what?"

Arizona manager A.J. Hinch believes the record "bothers (Reynolds) more than he likes to portray," but Hinch remains pleased as a manager because of Reynolds' production. After all, Reynolds wouldn't have been sent to the plate as many times to reach that record if he weren't getting the job done when connecting with the ball.

Still, it's nice to see that Reynolds is at least a little bit irked by making headlines for another year. The strikeouts may be offset by his numbers, but those numbers will go higher if the punchouts go lower. Given that Reynolds is just 26 years old and on the path to being a big star, such a reduction is something to definitely work toward.

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