Calvin (Pokey) Reese Jr....resides in Charlotte, NC...graduated from Lower
Richland High School in Hopkins, SC in 1991.2005Missed most of Spring Training with an injured right shoulder and personal matters. Started the season on the disabled list and never came off.2004
Started the season as the Red Sox
everyday shortstop in place of the
injured Nomar Garciaparra.
Hit .250 (41x164) with 21 RBI and 22
runs in 53 games in Garciaparra's
absence, and the Red Sox went 32-
Split time (with Mark Bellhorn) at
second base upon Garciaparra's
Appeared in 71 games (56 GS) at
shortstop and 30 games (18 GS) at
second base...6 errors in 280
chances at shortstop (.991 fielding
percentage) and 1 error in 113 TC at
second base (.991).
Was 6x11 (.545) with 11 RBI with the bases loaded.
Hit in a season-high 7 straight games April 29-May 6, batting .409 (9x22).
Homered in consecutive innings May 8 vs. KC, his first career multi HR game; first home
run was an inside-the-park homer, the first of his career...was the 24th player in ML
history to hit an ITPHR and a conventional HR in consecutive innings, the first since
Robin Yount in 1982.
Had a season-high 3 RBI twice: May 8 vs. Kansas City and May 21 vs. Toronto.
Celebrated 31st birthday June 10 vs. San Diego by going 3x4 with a solo homer, careerhigh
3 runs scored (tie).
Placed on 15-day DL, July 21 (retro to July 20) with a rib cage strain on his right side.
Activated Sept. 7 after missing 45 games with the injury.
Appeared in 22 games following his return from the DL, making only 7 starts...hit .136
(3x22) in those 22 contests, seeing most of his action as a defensive replacement.
2003Makes his Red Sox debut in 2004 after signing as a free agent...The Pirates' Opening Day
second baseman for the 2nd straight
year, Reese hit .215 with a homer and
12 RBI in 37 games with
Pittsburgh...Made 33 appearances (29 starts) at second base...began the
season with just one hit in his first 15 at-bats before a 7-for-16 tear...hit his lone 2003
homer April 4 at Philadelphia off Hector Mercado...struck out 4 times for the first time in
his career April 18 vs. Chicago...after making 8 errors in 119 games during the entire
2002 season, made his 6th 2003 error April 13 vs. Chicago...hit in 9 of 11 starts April
15-29...logged back-to-back 2-RBI games April 20 vs. Chicago and April 22 vs. San
Francisco...went 3-for-4 out of the leadoff spot April 27 vs. Los Angeles...went 4-for-29
(.138) in his last 13 games before sustaining his season-ending injury...was placed on
the 60-day disabled list for the remainder of the season on May 14...the 30-year-old is a 2-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner at second base (1999-2000)...into 2004, has played 491 career games at second and 222 at shortstop...with 138 career stolen bases in 162 attempts into 2004, Reese owns an 85.2 percent success rate, 2nd to only Kansas City's Carlos Beltran (88.2) among active major leaguers...is in his 8th big league season, having played for the Reds (1997-2001) and Pirates (2002-2003).2002Made 117 appearances (116 starts) at second base in first season with the Pirates ... Ranked fourth among National League second basemen with a .988 fielding percentage ... Made just one error (5/17) in his first 59 games thru 7/15. ... Committed three errors in his first 76 games, but five in his last 41, including two-error games on 8/8 at Los Angeles and 9/4 at Atlanta (now has seven career multi-error games) ... Was Pittsburgh's opening day starter at second base ... Went 3-for-3 with three RBI in his second game, the Pirates first victory, on 4/3 at New York...Was hitting .317 (13-for-41) when he left the game on 4/19 vs. Philadelphia with a strained right hamstring...Missed 15 games while spending time on the disabled list from 4/20 thru 5/4 with the injury...Went hitless in first 10 at bats and 2-for-29 (.069) in his first seven games upon returning to the lineup...Batting average dropped to .190 following the action on 5/24 ... Missed five games with an injured right index finger from 5/26-31 ... Hit first home run with Pittsburgh on 6/9 vs. Milwaukee...Went 16-for-42 (.381) during career-high, 11-game hitting streak from 6/7-19...Had four-RBI game on 6/11 at Anaheim...Tallied an RBI in five straight games (10 total) from 6/8-12...Missed five games with strained left oblique from 7/3-7 ... Had a nine-game hitting streak from 7/11-20, going 12-for-30 (.400) with three doubles, a homer and 11 RBI...Also hit safely in 10 straight games from 8/6-16 (14-for-37, .378) and in 18 of his 19 games from 8/6-25 (25-for-71, .352). ...Appeared in the leadoff spot of the batting order for the first of 31 times on 8/17 vs. Milwaukee...Went 34-for-128 (.266) with 14 walks and 19 runs scored as the leadoff hitter ... Snapped an 0-for-14 streak with a double on 8/30 at Florida...Bruised his right knee on 9/4 at Atlanta and missed five of the next six games...Hit safely in eight straight contests from 9/9-20 (14-for-36, .389)...Had a career-high five RBI and a season-high four hits on 9/17 vs. Cincinnati...Was caught stealing for the only time on 9/17 vs. Cincinnati, breaking his streak of 18 consecutive attempts without being caught since 7/25/01 (was caught attempting to steal third base by Jason LaRue in the 1st inning) ... Collected 27 of his 50 RBI against two teams; Cincinnati (16) and Milwaukee (11).
Notes: (thru 2002)
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in 1991 June free agent draft (1st round)... Acquired by Colorado along with pitcher Dennys Reyes in deal for pitchers Gabe White and Luke Hudson on 12/18/01... Acquired by Boston from Colorado in deal for catcher Scott Hatteberg on 12/20/01 but was not offered arbitration by the Red Sox, making him a free agent... Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent on 1/2902.
ML SERVICE: 6 years
CONTRACT: Signed thru 2003 (club option for 2004)
MOST HR/GAME: 1 HR (40 times), last on 9/26/02 vs. Cincinnati.
MOST HITS/GAME: 5 hits (twice), 4/20/00 vs. San Francisco & 6/22/99 at Arizona.
MOST RBI/GAME: 5 RBI, 9/17/02 vs. Cincinnati ... 4 RBI (twice), 8/23/01 vs. St. Louis & 6/25/98 at Chicago (AL).
GRAND SLAMS: None.
LEAD-OFF HOME RUNS: (3), 8/28/00 at Atlanta, 6/16/00 at San Diego & 6/29/99 vs. Arizona.
LONGEST HITTING STREAK: 2002: 11 games, Career: 11 games (2002).
Two-time National League Gold Glove Award winner (1999 & 2000).
1994 Southern League All-Star.
1992 Carolina League All-Star (mid-season).
His seven-year minor league totals include a .245 average (524-for-2135), 39 home runs, 246 RBI and 75 stolen bases in 589 games.
Was the first Reds second baseman to win consecutive Gold Gloves since Hall of Famer Joe Morgan won five straight from 1973-77
Has only seven career multi-error games (two on 9/4/02 at Atlanta, two on 8/8/02 at Los Angeles, two on 9/2/01 vs. Pittsburgh, two on 8/30/00 at Atlanta, four on 3/31/98 vs. San Diego, two on 7/18/97 at New York (NL) and two on 7/16/97 at Pittsburgh).
Has three career leadoff home runs (8/28/00 at Atlanta off Greg Maddux, 6/16/00 at San Diego off Brian Meadows and 6/29/99 vs. Arizona off Andy Benes.
2001Spent fifth straight season with Cincinnati...Led team in stolen bases and National League in stolen base percentage (.860)...Made 78 appearances (70 starts) at shortstop and 51 appearances (46 starts) at second base...Missed 43 starts due to a stomach virus (5 games), sore left hamstring (4 games), sore left shoulder (2 games), sore right shoulder (20 games), cut right index finger (2 games), bruised digital nerve in his right thumb (6 games) and sore knees (3 games)...Also missed a start after he took a bad hop to the face during batting practice...Batted .270 (37-for-137) in first 40 games thru 5/29, but just .230 (59-for-291) in his last 91 games...Hit safely in 15 of his 21 games during the month of April (22-for-77, .286)...Recorded the 100th stolen base of his career on 5/1 vs. Los Angeles...Was caught stealing on 5/15 vs. Arizona by Rod Barajas, snapping his streak of 16 consecutive successful stolen bases dating back to the 2000 season...Made his first start at shortstop on 5/20 at Houston, his first start there since 8/11/99 at Pittsburgh...Did not commit an error in 20 games from 5/29 thru 6/20, his longest errorless streak of the season...Went hitless in 22 at bats from 6/27 thru 7/24...Also had a hitless skid of 17 bats (from 8/24-31) and finished the season hitless in his last 14 at bats...Produced season-high seven game-hitting streak from 7/29 thru 8/5, going 7-for-23 (.304) with a homer and five RBI...Was ejected for first time in his career on 6/16 vs. Colorado (by home plate umpire Paul Emmel)...Stole home on 6/18 vs. Milwaukee on the front end of a double steal (pitcher Brian Reith stole second)...Recorded the 500th hit of his career (singled off Mike Timlin) on 8/20 vs. St. Louis...Had three-hit game, including a two-run home run off Andy Benes, and tied his career high with four RBI, on 8/23 vs. St. Louis...Made his last start on 9/8 at Pittsburgh...Appeared in just seven games the rest of the season - all as a pinch hitter, pinch runner or defensive replacement - due to right shoulder injury.2000Spent entire season with Cincinnati...Made 133 appearances (129 starts) at second base and won second straight Gold Glove award...Established career highs in triples and home runs...Tied for eighth in the National League in stolen bases, which included a season-high stretch of 14 consecutive successful attempts (4/19 thru 6/30)...Was hit by a pitch six times and missed 13 starts because of those injuries, including the last nine games of the season after he suffered a bruised left hand when he was hit by a Russ Ortiz pitch on 9/20 at San Francisco...Also missed 10 starts with a strained left hamstring (8/18-27), seven starts with a strained left groin (7/19-25) and one start with a sprained left ankle (6/25)...Reached base safely in 23-of-24 starts after recovering from the hamstring injury until his season ended with the Ortiz hit-by-pitch...Also led club with 92 starts batting in the lead-off position...Hit a pair of lead-off homers; on 6/16 at San Diego off Brian Meadows and on 8/28 at Atlanta off Greg Maddux. ...Was the first lead-off home run allowed by Maddux since 9/28/91 (St. Louis' Ray Lankford)...Began the season with a season-high seven-game hitting streak (13-for-29, .448) and finished the month of April with a .366 batting average and eight stolen bases...Tied career high with five hits on 4/20 vs. San Francisco...Hit .338 in his first 35 games thru 5/13, but hit .217 in his last 50 games of the first half, dropping his batting average to .267 at the All-Star break...Hit .235 after the break....Had at least one RBI (eight total) in five straight games from 7/8-15...Did not steal a base in 24 games from 7/1 thru 8/6, the longest stretch of his career...Was successful on his last 10 attempts after he was caught stealing on 7/5 at St. Louis...Did not commit an error in his last 21 games, his longest errorless streak of the year...Committed his last error on 8/30 at Atlanta, when he recorded the first two-error game of his career as a second baseman.1999Made 146 appearances (143 starts) at second base and made just seven errors. ...Captured first of two Gold Glove awards (also 2000)...Also made 16 appearances (three starts at shortstop)...Posted career-highs in batting, games, runs, hits, doubles, stolen bases and RBI...Shared club lead in steals with Mike Cameron and tied for fifth in the National League in that category...Began season by making just one error in his first 85 games (4/27 at Philadelphia), including season-high errorless streaks of 67 games (4/28 thru 7/17) and 314 total chances (4/27 thru 7/19)...Had career-high five hits on 6/22 at Arizona...Committed three of his seven errors in a 13-game span from 7/18 thru 8/7...Finished with just three errors in his last 51 games...Missed seven games and nine starts from 7/27 thru 8/5 with a bone bruise in his left hand suffered when he was hit by an Ismael Valdes pitch on 7/26 at Los Angeles...Hit .272 in 76 starts batting lead-off and .320 in a team-high 58 starts batting eighth...Hit safely in 16 of his 17 games from 8/13-29, including a career-high 10-game hitting streak from 8/13-22 (12-for-40, .300)...Had season-high 0-for-21 skid from 9/8-18...Rebounded to hit .328 in his last 15 games and .433 in his last eight games (13-for-30)...Hit a three-run home run off Ricky Bottalico in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Reds to a 7-5 victory on 9/26 vs. St. Louis...Was one of eight Reds players to hit a home run (nine home runs total for team) on 9/4 at Philadelphia, establishing the National League record for homers in a game and the Major League single-game record for most players with at least one home run.1998Made 32 appearances (24 starts) at third base, 18 appearances (13 starts at shortstop) and three appearances (one start on 6/27 at Detroit) at second base for the Reds...Appeared in his last game on 7/30, when he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb while diving for a ground ball...Had surgery that night (surgery performed by Dr. Timothy Kremchek and hand specialist Dr. Kenneth Hannington), including the insertion of a screw in the thumb, and on 8/11 went on the 60-day disabled list...Hit .143 in his first 31 games thru 6/18, but batted .321 (27-for-84) in his last 28 contests...Started the club's first six games of the season at shortstop until Barry Larkin came off the disabled list...Committed four errors on opening day (3/31 vs. San Diego), including three in the third inning and two on the same play, to tie a major league record for most errors by a shortstop on opening day (also the Cubs' Lou Stringer on 4/15/41)...Hit his only home run of the season on 6/25 at Chicago (AL) off Keith Foulke, and tallied career-high four RBI...Made his fifth career start at second base on 6/27 at Detroit, his only start of the season at that position, and recorded the 100th hit of his career (off Brian Powell).1997Spent majority of season with Cincinnati...Led National League rookies with 25 stolen bases...Made 110 appearances (92 starts) at shortstop, eight (four starts) at second base and eight (one start) at third base...Started at shortstop in 44 of the club's last 49 games, including 30 consecutive starts from 8/9 thru 9/9...Made major league debut on opening day (4/1 vs. Colorado), replacing Larkin at shortstop in the 9th inning...Was optioned to Indianapolis (Reds' AAA) following the game...Played in six Triple-A games before being recalled on 4/12...Recorded his first major league hit that afternoon, a two-out, RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th that scored Eric Owens with the winning run in the 2-1 victory over Florida...Hit first major league home run the next day, a fourth-inning, three-run shot off Al Leiter that gave Cincinnati a 5-1 lead in its 6-4 win...Was optioned back to Indianapolis on 4/23, played 11 games for the Indians, and then was promoted to Cincinnati on 5/6, where he spent the rest of the season...Made just one error in 60 games from 4/1 thru 7/15, then committed seven errors in a 14-game span from 7/16-30, including two-error games on 7/16 at Pittsburgh and 7/18 at New York (NL)...His miscue on 7/16 snapped his streak at 195 consecutive errorless chances (59 games)...Made first big-league appearance at second base on 5/19 vs. San Diego...Recorded first stolen base of his career on 5/15 vs. Los Angeles...Made his only start of the season at third base on 4/14 at Atlanta.
Spent entire season with Indianapolis...Was rated by Baseball America as the American Association's ninth-best prospect, best defensive shortstop and the infielder with the best arm...Did not play from 4/8 thru 5/28 because of a knee injury...Had season-ending arthroscopic surgery to repair a medial miniscus tear in his left knee on 8/30.
Spent entire season with Indianapolis...Homered in his first Triple-A plate appearance...Was rated by Baseball America as the fourth-best prospect in the American Association and the Reds' best overall prospect...Was also named by Baseball America as the organization's best defensive infielder and the infielder with the best arm...Following the season stole 15 bases in helping Mesa to the Arizona Fall League championship.
Spent entire season with Chattanooga (Reds' AA)...Led Southern League shortstops in putouts (221)...Was named to Southern League All-Star team.
Was rated the top prospect in the organization by Baseball America.
Spent entire season with Charleston (Reds' A)...Was a Carolina League mid-season All-Star selection...Missed the last three weeks of the season with an elbow injury...Had surgery following the season.
Made professional debut with Princeton (Reds' Rookie) after being selected by Cincinnati in the first round (20th pick overall) in June draft...Was rated by Baseball America as the best defensive player selected in that summer's free-agent draft...Following the season was rated the fourth-best prospect, best athlete and best defensive player in the Appalachian League.1996Spent entire season with Indianapolis...Was rated by Baseball America as the American Association's ninth-best prospect, best defensive shortstop and the infielder with the best arm...Did not play from 4/8 thru 5/28 because of a knee injury...Had season-ending arthroscopic surgery to repair a medial miniscus tear in his left knee on 8/30.1995Spent entire season with Indianapolis...Homered in his first Triple-A plate appearance...Was rated by Baseball America as the fourth-best prospect in the American Association and the Reds' best overall prospect...Was also named by Baseball America as the organization's best defensive infielder and the infielder with the best arm...Following the season stole 15 bases in helping Mesa to the Arizona Fall League championship.1994Spent entire season with Chattanooga (Reds' AA)...Led Southern League shortstops in putouts (221)...Was named to Southern League All-Star team.1993Was rated the top prospect in the organization by Baseball America.1992Spent entire season with Charleston (Reds' A)...Was a Carolina League mid-season All-Star selection...Missed the last three weeks of the season with an elbow injury...Had surgery following the season.1991Made professional debut with Princeton (Reds' Rookie) after being selected by Cincinnati in the first round (20th pick overall) in June draft...Was rated by Baseball America as the best defensive player selected in that summer's free-agent draft...Following the season was rated the fourth-best prospect, best athlete and best defensive player in the Appalachian League.