Jody Eric Reed (born July 26, 1962) is an American former professional baseball second baseman. He played eleven seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1987 and 1997 for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, and Detroit Tigers.
Reed with the San Diego Padres
|Born: July 26, 1962|
|September 12, 1987, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 22, 1997, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Runs batted in||392|
Reed attended Brandon High School in Brandon, Florida and played college ball at Manatee Community College and Florida State University. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 3rd round of the 1982 MLB Draft (January phase) and 2nd round of the 1983 MLB Draft (June secondary phase) and the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round of the 1982 MLB Draft (June secondary phase) but did not sign.
Boston Red SoxEdit
He was drafted in the 8th round of the 1984 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox and signed on June 11, 1984. He played with the Winter Haven Red Sox in the Florida State League in 1984 and 1985, batting .289.
Reed made his Major League debut for the Red Sox as a pinch runner on September 12, 1987 against the Baltimore Orioles. He made his first start, leading off and playing shortstop against the Orioles on September 18. He was 3 for 6 with 2 RBI and a stolen base in that game with his first hit being a single off Jeff Ballard in the top of the 5th. He appeared in 9 games that September, with 9 hits in 30 at bats for a .300 average.
In 1988 he became the Red Sox starting shortstop. He hit his first career home run on June 27, 1988 off John Farrell of the Cleveland Indians. He hit .293 that season and finished 3rd in the Rookie of the Year voting.
He switched to second base during the 1989 season and played with the Red Sox through 1992. In 1990 he led the American League with 45 doubles and finished 10th in the AL with 173 hits. He also totaled more than 40 doubles in 1989 and 1991.
Los Angeles DodgersEdit
He played in 132 games for the Dodgers during the 1993 season and hit .276.
Reed was offered a three-year $7.8 million contract extension by the Dodgers after the season but turned it down in order to become a free agent. He eventually wound up signing a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers for only $350,000 plus incentives.
He hit .271 with the Brewers in 108 games.
San Diego PadresEdit
Reed signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres on April 19, 1995. In two seasons with the Padres he hit .250 in 277 games.
Reed managed the Gulf Coast Yankees from 2007-2008 and was then minor league defensive coordinator for the New York Yankees organization from 2009-2010 and interim manager for the Staten Island Yankees at the start of 2010.
In 2011, he was the manager of the Arizona League Dodgers and the Coordinator of Instruction for the Dodgers Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale, Arizona. He was selected as "Manager of the Year" by the Arizona League in 2011. For 2012 he was named the "Infield Coordinator" for the Dodgers minor league system and he was appointed manager of the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts for 2013.