In a well-deserved honor, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds was named as an NL All-Star reserve for the 2021 contest that will be held on Tuesday, July 13 at Coors Field in Denver Colorado.
Reynolds joins fellow teammate and outfielder Adam Frazier on the squad, which is quite an accomplishment for a team mucking through the season at the bottom of the standings at 30-53.
Reynolds is in the midst of a major bounce-back season. He’s currently hitting .306 with 15 homeruns, 46 RBIs and 21 doubles on the year. He holds a .392 on-base percentage along with a .533 slugging percentage, all major improvements from a disastrous 2020 campaign that saw him hit just .189 with 7 homeruns and 19 RBIs through 55 games.
This is the player we all thought Reynolds could be after a sparkling rookie campaign, and the All-Star nod was something he was working for this year. Reynolds told the Trib:
“I hoped it would happen. One of my goals this year, so it’s really exciting. I had flights booked home, but you can always cancel those. So those are canceled now. I was just going to sit on my couch. I’m pretty sure I’ll take this 10 times out of 10 over that one. So, yeah, flight’s canceled.”
Congrats to Reynolds both for the All-Star nod and for reaching one of his personal goals. He’s been one of the few bright spots this season, along with Frazier and Ke’Bryan Hayes.