Last night Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds, 26, struck out three times, breaking the major league record for strikeouts in a season, eclipsing a record he set just last year.
He has now struck out 206 times thus far in 2009, an average of 1.42 times per game. He struck out 204 times in 152 games in 2008, becoming the first major league player to strike out 200 or more times in a season.
Asked about the strikeouts following last night’s game—a 10-8 win over the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field—he said: “So what….? So what.”
Meanwhile, Diamondbacks manager A.J. Finch highlighted the fact that Reynolds is a remarkably productive offensive player, in spite of the strikeouts, having hit 43 home runs and amassed 100 RBIs this season.
The record-breaking strikeout took place in the fourth inning, courtesy of rookie left-hander Madison Bumgarner.