Happy Reds birthday, Pokey Reese!
June 10, 1973
Pokey Reese was a two-time Gold Glove winner at second base for the Reds in 1999 and 2000, and he wasn’t terrible at the plate in 1999 either. He batted .285 with 167 hits, and showed his baserunning abilities by swiping 38 bags. The Reds traded Pokey to the Rockies on December 18; the Rockies turned around and traded him to the Red Sox the next day. Two days after that trade, he became a free agent and signed at the end of January with the Pirates. After two seasons in Pittsburgh, he again found himself on Boston’s roster, and won a World Series ring with them in 2004, his last season in the big leagues. Reese played a handful of games in the Seattle farm system in 2005, and then was out of baseball for two years before attempting a comeback with the Nationals franchise.