Jody Eric Reed
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 165 lb.
- School Manatee Community College, Florida State University
- High School Brandon (FL) High School
- Debut September 12, 1987
- Final Game August 22, 1997
- Born July 26, 1962 in Tampa, FL USA
In his first shot at extensive playing time, in 1988, Reed got hot the same time the entire Red Sox team did, seizing the shortstop job from veteran Spike Owen and helping the club rally to clinch a playoff spot. His arm was never quite adequate at shortstop so he moved over to man second base for Boston in 1990. He proved a sure-handed defender for the rest of his playing career at 2B.
Reed learned early on in his Boston tenure to play pepper off the Green Monster at Fenway Park, creating huge double totals for himself while playing at home. He was in the top three in the American League in doubles every season during his most effective run as a hitter, from 1989 to 1991. Reed's offensive production tailed off a bit after that. Left exposed in the 1992 expansion draft, Jody was selected by the Colorado Rockies and then shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After a decent 1993 season in Los Angeles, Reed became a free agent. Spurning a lucrative offer by the Dodgers, he found himself without a contract at the start of spring training. In a footnote, his refusal forced the Dodgers to look for another second baseman, and they responded by trading young pitcher Pedro Martinez to the Montreal Expos for Delino DeShields, a trade which Dodger fans rue to this day.
Reed finally signed with the Milwaukee Brewers for the league minimum in 1994. Moving on to the San Diego Padres in 1995, Reed saw post-season play for the third time in 1996, his second and last season with the Padres. It was also his last as a full-time player. He saw limited action with the Detroit Tigers in 1997 before retiring.
Reed managed the GCL Yankees in 2007-2008, and was the New York Yankees Minor league defensive coordinator in 2009-2010. He also served as the interim manager of the Staten Island Yankees to begin the 2010 season while Josh Paul was serving as the big league Yankees' bullpen coach during Dave Eiland's absence. He moved to the Los Angeles Dodgers chain in 2011 as manager of the AZL Dodgers. In 2012, he was the Dodgers' minor league infield coordinator.
- AL Doubles Leader (1990)
Reed played in 11 postseason games, losing them all. This is a record, although Joe Mauer is 0-10 through 2017.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|2007||GCL Yankees||Gulf Coast League||42-17||2nd||New York Yankees||League Champs|
|2008||GCL Yankees||Gulf Coast League||31-27||7th||New York Yankees|
|2010||Staten Island Yankees||New York-Penn League||8-6||--||New York Yankees||--||replaced by Josh Paul on July 3|
|2011||AZL Dodgers||Arizona League||34-22||3rd||Los Angeles Dodgers||League Champs|
|2013||Chattanooga Lookouts||Southern League||59-80||10th||Los Angeles Dodgers|