WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes re-signed centre fielder Reggie Abercrombie on Wednesday afternoon.
Abercrombie is coming off one of the most decorated seasons in American Association history, and will be returning to Winnipeg for a fourth year. The former Major Leaguer hit .297 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI in 95 games played. Abercrombie added 71 runs scored, 19 doubles, and 21 stolen bases. It was the second time Abercrombie recorded 20-plus home runs and 20-plus stolen bases in an American Association season. A native of Columbus, Georgia, Abercrombie was the first player in league history to accomplish the feat when he hit 22 home runs and stole 34 bases for the Sioux Falls Pheasants in 2010. Laredo’s Denis Phipps joined Abercrombie last year with 24 homers and 21 steals.
“I’m very pleased to have Reggie back,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “He is a good veteran not only in terms of on-field production, but his clubhouse leadership is impeccable as well.”
On July 14th versus the Sioux City Explorers, Abercrombie crushed two home runs to both tie and break the American Association’s career record. The long balls were Abercrombie’s 87th and 88th in the league, surpassing John Allen who starred for the Fort Worth Cats and Laredo Lemurs from 2007-13. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Abercrombie’s league record stood at 99 home runs.
In September, the 36-year-old Abercrombie was honoured for his contributions off the field as the inaugural recipient of the Scott Miller/Brian Rose Man of the Year Award. The award commemorates the lives of former Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks’ broadcaster Scott Miller and former Wichita Wingnuts’ bench coach Brian Rose, both of whom passed away following lengthy battles with melanoma.
Abercrombie then saved his best for last with a two-homer, seven-RBI performance in the Goldeyes’ 11-4 win in Game Five of the American Association Championship Series at Wichita. The seven RBI set a Goldeyes’ postseason single-game record that had stood since the team’s inaugural year in 1994.
Abercrombie was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1999 as a 23rd-round draft-and-follow pick out of Columbus High School (Columbus, Georgia). After playing one year at Florida Gateway College (Lake City, Florida), Abercrombie started his professional career in 2000 and reached the Double-A level within two seasons. Abercrombie eventually made his way to the Florida (now Miami) Marlins’ organization where he reached the Major Leagues for the first time in 2006. A right-handed hitter and fielder, Abercrombie spent the entire 2006 season on the Marlins’ active roster, which was led by eventual National League Manager of the Year Joe Girardi. Abercrombie returned to the Majors in 2007 and 2008 with the Marlins and Houston Astros.
2017 will be Abercrombie’s 18th in professional baseball. Abercrombie is a career .278 hitter with 263 home runs and 1,026 RBI over 1,845 games played. Last year marked the 15th time in 17 pro seasons that Abercrombie reached double digit home runs, and the 13th time in which he stole at least 20 bases. Abercrombie has averaged 100 runs scored, 31 doubles, eight triples, 24 home runs, 91 RBI, and 42 stolen bases per 162 games as a professional.
The Goldeyes now have 12 players under contract for the 2017 season, including 10 from their 2016 championship team. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.
Notes: Jim Wilson held the Goldeyes’ previous record for RBI in a postseason game with six…Wilson’s performance came during a 16-1 win in Game Two of the 1994 Northern League Championship Series on September 7th at Sioux City…former Goldeyes’ third baseman Josh Mazzola ranks second behind Abercrombie on the American Association career home run list with 90…Allen’s 87 home runs now rank third, while former Goldeye Ray Sadler is fourth with 77…Abercrombie’s first Major League home run came on April 19th, 2006 at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark…the home run traveled an estimated 486 feet…on July 14th, 2006, Abercrombie homered off of 300-game winner Roger Clemens…Abercrombie ranks sixth on the Goldeyes’ career home run list (45), 12th in RBI (179), and eighth in stolen bases (55)
2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
OF Reggie Abercrombie
RHP Victor Capellan
RHP Edwin Carl
3B Wes Darvill
2B Casio Grider
RHP Caleb Kellogg
1B Kellen Marruffo
LHP Kevin McGovern
RHP Cameron McVey
OF/1B David Rohm
OF Josh Romanski
RHP Duke von Schamann
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders. The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park. Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now. For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com