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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Bob Reimink credited a local baseball man with his pro career; Saw five seasons, made AAA

Bob Reimink looked back in 2009 and credited local Grand Rapids baseball icon Bob Sullivan with getting him to the pros, he told The Holland Sentinel.

Sullivan ran a local amateur baseball team and served as a scout for the Tigers.

"I owe a lot to Bob," Reimink told The Sentinel. "It was probably because of him that I was drafted by the Detroit Tigers."

Reimink went on with the Tigers to play five pro seasons. He made AAA in two of those campaigns. He fell short of the majors.

Reimink's career began in 1989, taken by the Tigers in the 30th round of the draft out of Western Michigan University. Reimink was also credited as Robert Reimink and as Bobby Reimink.

At Western Michigan, Reimink picked up four hits and six RBI in an April 1988 game and had a two-run single in a May 1989 contest.

Reimink started with the Tigers at short-season Niagara Falls. He hit .254 in 75 games. He then moved to high-A Lakeland for 1990. He hit .222 in 112 games there. 

At Lakeland, Reimink went 5-for-5 in an April game, then got the game-winner in a playoff game on a perfect 10-foot suicide squeeze bunt, The Palm Beach Post wrote.

"Baseball's a crazy game," Lakeland manager John Lipon told The Post after Reimink's squeeze. "It's always been a crazy game. That's why it's so great."

Reimink moved up to AA London for 1991. He hit .258 there over 89 games. He returned to London for 1992, but he also saw 19 games at AAA Toledo. He then returned for 66 games at Toledo. He hit .197 to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,741
Made the Majors:1,267-33.9%
Never Made Majors:2,474-66.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:523
10+ Seasons in the Minors:310

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