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Saturday, October 7, 2023

Brian Reimsnyder hit well in college with Florida; Saw brief pro career

Brian Reimsnyder 1990 Erie Sailors card

Brian Reimsnyder led the University of Florida Gators in home runs in 1988, but got off to a slow start for 1989, The South Florida Sun Sentinel wrote.

Still, his third home run of that year came in an opportune spot, to win an early April game, The Sun Sentinel wrote.

"It's been a long dry spell," Reimsnyder told The Sun Sentinel after that game. "I think I was looking too much for the home run earlier. If I hit one now, it's going to have to come to me. I'm not going to pressure myself."

Reimsnyder went on from Florida to turn pro. His pro career, however, proved brief. He saw just 18 total games between two teams.

Reimsnyder's pro career began and ended in 1990, signed by the co-op short-season Erie Sailors out of Florida. He also attended Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla.

That 1989 season was his last in college, but he wasn't selected in the draft. The St. Lucie News Tribune spoke with Reimsnyder about his plans and hopes that December.

"I'm just working out and I've got a couple of tryouts in January, a couple of closed tryouts," Reimsnyder told The News Tribune. "I know that I'm going to have to go out to these tryouts and give 120 percent and work hard."

Reimsnyder did catch on with a team the next summer, the independent co-op Erie team in the short-season New York-Penn League. 

He got into eight games there and went 0 for 5. He then caught on with independent rookie Salt Lake. He got into 10 games there and went 4 for 20. Those games marked the extent of his career.

Reimsnyder appears to have returned to Fort Pierce and entered law enforcement, with the Indian River Sheriff's office. In 2007, he became the department's newest K-9 handler and continued in 2021 at a baseball law enforcement presentation.

Brian Reimsnyder 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,234
Made the Majors:1,385-32.7%
Never Made Majors:2,849-67.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:345

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