This has Yogi Berra written all over it.
Harold Reynolds enjoyed a 12-year career as a second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, and then-California Angels. Since then, Reynolds has put together an impressive resume as an MLB analyst for ESPN, Fox Sports, and currently the MLB Network.
Reynolds was never much of a pitcher, so we'll give him a pass for his boneheaded comment made on a Thursday night MLBN broadcast.
Harold Reynolds just said that he doesn't like K/9 for relievers b/c they don't pitch 9 innings, so they should call it K/1 or K/2— Demetrius (@fergoe) April 7, 2017
On the surface, this reads as an incredibly cold take on baseball's strikeouts per nine innings pitched statistic, or K/9. The statistic measures the number of strikeouts on average a pitcher produces on a per nine innings pitched basis. Of course, it should be noted there are generally nine innings in a baseball game.
What Reynolds is likely trying to prove makes sense: relief pitchers have inflated K/9 totals because they are typically only expected to face three batters. However, Reynolds apparently doesn't fully grasp why the statistic uses nine innings as a base.
Of course, Twitter went in on poor Mr. Reynolds.
Harold Reynolds said something unbelievably dumb. Now it's officially baseball season! https://t.co/G4Kav6XNiA— Steve Schreiber (@sschreiber13) April 7, 2017
I'm willing to give him a pass on this one based on intent of verbiage, but Reynolds isn't doing himself any favors.
Maybe next time he'll suggest changing the strikeout "K" abbreviation to "S.O."