HAROLD REYNOLDS, FROM CAÑADA JC, TO MLB, TO ESPN
Award-winning TV Baseball analyst Harold Reynolds understands firsthand the opportunities that Cañada College can provide. As a senior at Corvallis High School in Oregon, Reynolds was drafted in the fourth round of the 1979 Major League draft by the San Diego Padres. Instead of signing with the Padres, Reynolds opted to attend college and enroll at San Diego State University. But after one term at SDSU, Reynolds knew he was looking for something different. That’s when he came to Cañada College.
“Cañada provided a great opportunity for me, both athletically and academically,” Reynolds said. "Because it’s a small school, you receive personal attention and the staff and faculty still care about the students. The year I spent at Cañada was a wonderful experience.” The next year, Reynolds was drafted again, this time by the Seattle Mariners—where he went on to be the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1987, a three-time Gold Glove winner, and a two-time All-Star. He joined ESPN in 1996 and was an analyst for the Emmy Award-winning program, Baseball Tonight, as well as covering the College World Series and the Little League Baseball World Series for ESPN and ABC Sports. Reynolds is currently a baseball commentator on MLB.com.
MOISÉS ALOU DISCOVERED AT CAÑADA COLLEGE
It’s hard to believe that veteran big-league outfielder Moisés Alou, who comes from the most distinguished baseball families in history, did not play organized baseball until he came to Cañada College in 1985. While Alou’s father, Giants manager Felipe, and uncles Matty and Jesús, all had long admired careers in Major League Baseball, Moisés was more interested in basketball as a youth. It was while playing at Cañada that Alou caught the eye of the scouts. In 1986, Alou led the Coast Conference with a .447 batting average and nine home runs. Later that year, he was drafted second overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“I had a great experience at Cañada College,” Alou said. “It was more than just baseball. The staff and faculty were genuinely interested in helping students succeed. Since it was a small school, you received personal attention.” Alou said the lessons learned at Cañada have followed him through life. “When you live right and treat everyone right, that’s the true sign of success,” he said. “I am thankful for my years at Cañada.”
FORMER COLTS WHO PLAYED PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
Tony Lucca-Florida Marlins
Mike Garcia-Atlanta Braves
Jason Knupfer-Baltimore Orioles
Steve Hoff-Chicago Cubs
Bien Figueroa-St Louis Cardinals
Kevin Asselin-Chicago White Sox