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Best and worst pitchers at throwing first-pitch strikes (minimum of 10 starts; through June 27): BEST *--* Pitcher, Club BFP ST Pct. Rick Reed, N.Y. Mets 437 316 .723 Curt Schilling, Arizona 516 365 .707 Brad Radke, Minnesota 468 329 .703 Javier Vazquez, Montreal 458 313 .683 Kevin Brown, Dodgers 286 193 .675 *--* WORST *--* Pitcher, Club BFP ST Pct. Blake Stein, Kansas City 281 145 .516 A.J. Burnett, Florida 284 146 .514 Chuck Smith, Florida 261 134 .513 Dan Reichert, Kansas City 403 204 .
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September 19, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
The fact that umpire Rick Reed said his controversial ball-four call on closer Brian Fuentes ' full-count pitch to Nick Green Wednesday night in Fenway Park "very well could have been a strike" certainly caught the attention of the Angels. Green's bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning forced in the tying run, and Alex Gonzalez's ensuing single scored the winning run in Boston's wild 9-8 victory over the Angels. But catchers Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis were equally surprised by Reed's admission that Napoli's actions led him to call it a ball after the catcher tried to "frame" the knee-high pitch by pulling his glove up a bit as he caught it. Framing pitches is a common practice for catchers -- "You try to catch the ball the best way you can to give the umpires the best look," Napoli said.
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March 16, 2002 | From Associated Press
Given the chance to become a free agent, Rick Reed backed down Friday and decided to stay with the Minnesota Twins. Reed, scheduled to be the fourth starter in a rotation that's already one of the strongest in the American League, withdrew the trade demand he filed following the World Series. The pitcher has guaranteed salaries of $7 million in 2002 and $8 million in 2003, the final seasons of a three-year, $21.75 million contract that also contains an $8-million club option for 2004.
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September 18, 2009 | Mike DiGiovanna
Umpire Rick Reed acknowledged today that his ball-four call on a ninth-inning pitch by Angels closer Brian Fuentes to Nick Green on Wednesday night 'very well could have been a strike.' He also admonished the Angels for their actions after the team's 9-8 loss. With Green at a full count, a strike call would have given the Angels the game. Instead, the walk forced in the tying run and Boston went on to win. The umpire also said that on that final pitch to Green, the actions of Mike Napoli led him to call it a ball after the Angels catcher tried to frame the knee-high pitch.
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November 17, 2000 | ROSS NEWHAN
Is Rick Reed, the New York Met right-hander on the free-agent market, a focus of the Dodgers' winter pitching pursuit? The Dodgers denied Thursday that they have made an offer for Reed, but three industry sources insisted that they had. Reed's agent, Phil Tannenbaum, said he "wouldn't get into the details" but that he had received a multiyear offer and he expected to continue "harmonious discussions" with the Dodgers. Reed, 35, was 11-5 with a 4.
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April 16, 1998 | From Associated Press
Rick Reed said his home run was nothing more than luck--good luck for the New York Mets and bad luck for the Chicago Cubs. Reed hit the second homer of his career Wednesday night and limited the Cubs to four hits in seven scoreless innings, pitching the Mets to their fourth consecutive victory, 2-1. It was the Cubs' fourth loss in a row. The Mets' victory completed a unique day of baseball at Shea Stadium.
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October 15, 1999 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Rick Reed did not get any threatening phone calls at his New York hotel from irate Red Sox fans Thursday. There were no suspicious-looking room-service meals awaiting the American League umpire. "Fortunately," said Reed, who admitted blowing a crucial 10th-inning call that went against Boston in Game 1 Wednesday night, "they don't know where we stay."
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December 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
The New York Mets finally signed a starting pitcher, agreeing Wednesday to a three-year, $21.75-million contract with Rick Reed. Reed gets $6.75 million next season, $7 million in 2002 and $8 million in 2003. The Mets have an $8-million option for 2004 that would become guaranteed if Reed has either 585 innings pitched in the next three seasons or 400 in 2002 and 2003.
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August 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
Rick Reed won his first start for Minnesota despite giving up a career high-tying 12 hits and the Twins stopped a five-game losing streak by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-4, Thursday afternoon at Toronto. Reed (1-0), acquired Monday from the New York Mets for outfielder Matt Lawton, allowed two runs on 11 singles and one home run in six innings. He walked none and struck out two. It was the third time Reed has won after allowing 12 hits.
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September 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
Minnesota right-hander Rick Reed thought about Torii Hunter's three-run, second-inning home run and whether it took pressure off him as he pitched against Cleveland's powerful lineup. "It didn't," Reed said. "Maybe if he would've hit a 12-run homer." Reed remained tough, though, winning consecutive starts for the first time since joining the Twins and keeping alive Minnesota's slim playoff hopes with a 6-2 victory over the Indians on Friday night at Minneapolis.
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March 16, 2002 | From Associated Press
Given the chance to become a free agent, Rick Reed backed down Friday and decided to stay with the Minnesota Twins. Reed, scheduled to be the fourth starter in a rotation that's already one of the strongest in the American League, withdrew the trade demand he filed following the World Series. The pitcher has guaranteed salaries of $7 million in 2002 and $8 million in 2003, the final seasons of a three-year, $21.75 million contract that also contains an $8-million club option for 2004.
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September 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
Minnesota right-hander Rick Reed thought about Torii Hunter's three-run, second-inning home run and whether it took pressure off him as he pitched against Cleveland's powerful lineup. "It didn't," Reed said. "Maybe if he would've hit a 12-run homer." Reed remained tough, though, winning consecutive starts for the first time since joining the Twins and keeping alive Minnesota's slim playoff hopes with a 6-2 victory over the Indians on Friday night at Minneapolis.
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August 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
Rick Reed won his first start for Minnesota despite giving up a career high-tying 12 hits and the Twins stopped a five-game losing streak by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-4, Thursday afternoon at Toronto. Reed (1-0), acquired Monday from the New York Mets for outfielder Matt Lawton, allowed two runs on 11 singles and one home run in six innings. He walked none and struck out two. It was the third time Reed has won after allowing 12 hits.
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July 2, 2001
Best and worst pitchers at throwing first-pitch strikes (minimum of 10 starts; through June 27): BEST *--* Pitcher, Club BFP ST Pct. Rick Reed, N.Y. Mets 437 316 .723 Curt Schilling, Arizona 516 365 .707 Brad Radke, Minnesota 468 329 .703 Javier Vazquez, Montreal 458 313 .683 Kevin Brown, Dodgers 286 193 .675 *--* WORST *--* Pitcher, Club BFP ST Pct. Blake Stein, Kansas City 281 145 .516 A.J. Burnett, Florida 284 146 .514 Chuck Smith, Florida 261 134 .513 Dan Reichert, Kansas City 403 204 .
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December 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
The New York Mets finally signed a starting pitcher, agreeing Wednesday to a three-year, $21.75-million contract with Rick Reed. Reed gets $6.75 million next season, $7 million in 2002 and $8 million in 2003. The Mets have an $8-million option for 2004 that would become guaranteed if Reed has either 585 innings pitched in the next three seasons or 400 in 2002 and 2003.
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November 17, 2000 | ROSS NEWHAN
Is Rick Reed, the New York Met right-hander on the free-agent market, a focus of the Dodgers' winter pitching pursuit? The Dodgers denied Thursday that they have made an offer for Reed, but three industry sources insisted that they had. Reed's agent, Phil Tannenbaum, said he "wouldn't get into the details" but that he had received a multiyear offer and he expected to continue "harmonious discussions" with the Dodgers. Reed, 35, was 11-5 with a 4.
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July 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
New York Met pitcher Rick Reed was put on the disabled list after his last start against the Atlanta Braves. There was nothing wrong with Reed, however, after he pitched against the Braves Saturday. Reed pitched seven shutout innings for his first win in more than a month, and the Mets defeated the Braves, 4-0, for only their second victory in 19 games in Atlanta since September 1997.
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August 1, 1991 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Doug Rader and Lance Parrish were ejected and Mark Langston was dejected. The costs of the Angels' 3-1 loss to the Tigers Wednesday were higher than the fine Parrish risked for calling Rick Reed "a horrible umpire" and declaring that Reed carries a grudge. The immediate cost was a game in the standings, leaving the Angels eight behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL West--as far out of first place as they have been his season.
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July 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
New York Met pitcher Rick Reed was put on the disabled list after his last start against the Atlanta Braves. There was nothing wrong with Reed, however, after he pitched against the Braves Saturday. Reed pitched seven shutout innings for his first win in more than a month, and the Mets defeated the Braves, 4-0, for only their second victory in 19 games in Atlanta since September 1997.
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October 15, 1999 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA
Rick Reed did not get any threatening phone calls at his New York hotel from irate Red Sox fans Thursday. There were no suspicious-looking room-service meals awaiting the American League umpire. "Fortunately," said Reed, who admitted blowing a crucial 10th-inning call that went against Boston in Game 1 Wednesday night, "they don't know where we stay."
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