The speedy Reynolds was a defensive stalwart with excellent range. In 1987 he led AL second basemen in games started, total chances, putouts, assists, and double plays. The switch-hitter steadily improved his batting average and, until 1996, held the Mariner record for fewest strikeouts (34) by a batter with at least 530 plate appearances.
Reynolds stole a club-record 60 bases in 1987, becoming the first Mariner to lead the AL in a major offensive category and the first player ever to lead the league in steals while batting ninth in the order. But in 1988, he lost his stolen-base touch, getting caught 29 times while stealing 35.
That year Reynolds became the first player to represent the Mariners in the All-Star Game more than once. He also won a Gold Glove, despite leading AL second basemen in errors, because he also led in assists and double plays. Perennial honoree Frank White was livid at the selection, putting Reynolds in an uncomfortable position. “I was totally shocked to win the Gold Glove,” Reynolds admitted. “But what am I supposed to do? Give it back?”
Reynolds retired after the 1994 season and later became an analyst for ESPN. His brother Don played briefly for San Diego in 1978 and 1979.