LSU infielder Chris Reid will not return to the team for the 2019 season, the university confirmed Tuesday.
Reid played in 46 games (17 starts) as a junior last season, when he batted .267 with a double and seven RBIs.
The St. Michael graduate had two pinch-hit singles in the 2017 College World Series.
Reid posted a message via Twitter on Tuesday that says, in part: "I am heartbroken by the news but I understand/respect the decision that was made by Coach. ... I'm grateful I had the opportunity. I will most definitely miss my teammates and wearing the purple and gold the most."
Reid was a bit of a fan favorite with the Tigers. Last season he challenged LSU coach Paul Mainieri to a footrace (but it never happened). The coach offered a back-handed compliment to Reid after he played a pivotal part in a series win vs. Hawaii.
“He can’t run from here to there in a day and doesn’t have any power, but he puts the bat on the ball as good as anybody we have on the team," Mainieri said at the time.
Reid was a pleasant surprise as a true freshman in 2016, starting 47 games at third base. He hit .287 that season with nine doubles, one triple, one homer and 14 RBIs. His playing time decreased the following year, when he hit .208.
The Tigers start the 2019 season Feb. 15 when they host Louisiana-Monroe.