PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Burt Reynolds knows the question is coming because at some point it has to be asked.
Yes, the name. It has to be asked. Because thus far, there is little known about Burt Reynolds the baseball player, who finds himself part of the Seattle Mariners spring training camp. He's spent the last three seasons playing in independent leagues on the East Coast after getting released by the Tampa Bay Rays organization.
He's a 25-year-old outfielder who has never played above class Single-A, yet he's with the Mariners and with a locker at the end of the clubhouse right next to $240 million star Robinson Cano. Reynolds is Cano's cousin, and the Mariners' biggest offseason investment wanted his cousin to get another shot at impressing a major league club.