The newest Oriole, third baseman Mark Reynolds, spoke with the Baltimore media via teleconference call Monday night.
Here's what he said on various topics:
Reynolds on being traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the only organization he has known, to the Orioles for right-handed relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio: "Initially, I was surprised. I obviously didn't want to leave. I have my house here, my friends, family, have a pretty good setup with spring training 10 minutes down the road, but I'm looking forward to it. Going back East, I'm from Virginia Beach so it's a couple hours from my house. It's going to be a good experience for me. I'm excited to go there and meet the other guys, the coaches, the front office. It's going to be an adventure, and I'm looking forward to it."
Reynolds on a 2010 in which he batted .198 with 32 homers and 85 RBIs in 145 games: "It was borderline embarrassing, as far as my average goes. I know I am a much better hitter than that. I think I pushed myself a little too hard. I am pretty stubborn when it comes to injuries and things like that. I hate missing games, I hate missing at-bats. I think I have learned a lot in that area as far as how to listen to my body and know when I need to maybe take some time off. Looking back, I wish I had done that, but it's past and you move forward and I think I'll have a lot better chance for success knowing what I went through this past year."
On what went wrong physically in 2010: "In the spring, I hurt my quad the last day of spring training. I didn't think too much of it, and it really hampered me running the bases and stealing bags. That is kind of part of my game. That bothered me all the way prior to the All-Star Game, and then when I started to get 100 percent healthy, I got hit in the head with a 96 miles an hour fastball and that kind of set me back. Then in September, I hurt my hand somehow. It was tough to feel the bat. I tried to put a protect on it and play through it. I probably shouldn't have done that. It was all just nagging stuff. I feel 100 percent now, and I'm ready to go."
On what fans can expect from him as a player: "No matter what, I am going to try and play every day, play every game. I am definitely going to leave the field dirty. I am not afraid to dive into the stands, I am not afraid to take on a catcher at home plate. I definitely play the game 100 percent, full board, all nine innings, and you'll never see me loafing out there. If I am loafing, it must mean that I am hurt. I am a hard-nosed player, and I'll go out there every day with all I've got."
On what he knows about the Orioles and their players: "I actually had the roster, and I don't know anyone personally. I've maybe said, 'Hi,' in passing. I'm going to go there and get acclimated with all the guys. It's just like a fresh start. Hopefully, I can put this past year behind me, be smarter with taking care of my body and managing things like that. I'm looking forward to getting to see the guys and getting to know everybody."
On improving defensively at third base: "In 2007, my first year in the big leagues, I played like 30 games in Double-A that year and that was my first year ever playing third base, and then I got the call-up and got thrown in the fire. I kind of learned on the job, and it definitely showed early on. But I took a lot of time in spring training working with Matt Williams. He really helped out a lot over there, my footwork and things like that, so I think I'm only getting better as time goes on."
On Camden Yards and making an adjustment to a new park and new league: "As far as the park goes, I don't know much about it. I hear it's pretty hitter-friendly. … It's definitely going to be an adjustment moving to the AL with the pitching and getting to know everybody. I'm going to rely on the coaches and the players on the team to help me out and give me scouting reports and let me know what he's got. I don't expect it to be an adjustment that is going to take me awhile, hopefully. But it's definitely going to be something that I'm going to have to get used to."
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