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Razorback Flash From The Past:

Kevin McReynolds starred for the Razorback Baseball team from 1979-1981 playing in the outfield.

The Sherwood native led Sylvan Hills to the AAA state championship during his senior year in 1978 where he was crowned tournament MVP and awarded with the Arkansas High School Baseball Player of the year. During his first 25 games in his final high school season he batted .638, had 15 home runs, and 60 RBIs.

McReynolds was drafted out of high school but opted to go play for Arkansas, a rising program under Coach Norm DeBriyn. In 1979, the Razorbacks tied for the best finish in school history as the runner-up in the College World Series.

During the College World Series Tournament, McReynolds hit .566 with 2 home runs, two doubles, and five RBIs. He continued to improve during his collegiate career and by his junior season he was batting .366 with 17 home runs and 57 RBIs when the Hogs went back to the NCAA Tournament

and finished second in the Southwest Conference Standings.

McReynolds was drafted 6th overall in 1981 by the San Diego Padres and had his Major League debut in 1983 when he hit his first home run on his fourth at-bat. The next season he was tied for the lead on the team in home runs, but a broken wrist in game 4 of the NLCS ended his season.

McReynolds was traded to the New York Mets in 1986 and his best season as a pro came two years later when he batted .288 along with career highs of 99 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. Those 21 stolen bases were an MLB record without being caught stealing until 2009. At the conclusion of the season, he finished third in the MVP voting losing to Kirk Gibson and his teammate Darryl Strawberry.

McReynolds was again traded in 1992 to the Kansas City Royals where he played two seasons. In those two years his batting average was .246 with 24 home runs and 91 RBIs.

Right before the 1994 season, McReynolds was traded back to the Mets where he retired at the end of the year. He was inducted in the National High School Hall of Fame in 2011.