Bringing with him an electric smile and a bat to equal it was announced recently that Infielder Jose Reyes has retired from the sport of Major League Baseball. The 37-year-old appeared in 16 MLB seasons.
Reyes had himself a Major League Baseball career that no one will ever quite forget. Compiling some great numbers. The Infielder impressed in his first season with the Mets recording 4,453 plate appearances of .292/.341/.441 hitting with 81 home runs and 370 steals while delivering excellent glovework at the shortstop position.
As the 2011 season was coming to an end, Reyes had accumulated four All-Star Appearances, 2011 was one of his hottest seasons at the plate as he was able to accumulate some impressive stats holding a 337/.384/.493 averages which set the stage for a lucrative trip onto the free agent market.
That 2011 season was able to help Jose land a $106 mm deal with the Miami Marlins, this is when things started to get rough for the infielder. It was around this time that the Marlins shipped him and three other veterans to the Toronto Blue Jays, it was during his time in Toronto that Reyes hit a wall. Jose was once again a part of a trade-this time a blockbuster one that sent he and prospects to the Colorado Rockies for star Troy Tulowitzki.
Reyes had faced some serious struggles and lost his electric bat somewhere along some of those trades. Even though he was having some issues he was brought back in by the Mets for a second stint putting up some decent numbers 2016 and 2017 seasons but scuffled to a .189/.260/.320 slash line in what turned out to be his final campaign.
“José Reyes was without a doubt one of the most exciting players to ever wear a Mets uniform,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon on behalf of Ownership. “There wasn’t a better sight for our fans than José pulling into third with a stand up triple. He came to us as a teenager and on the day of his retirement, we’re certain Mets fans along with his entire Mets family wish him nothing but the best.”
It will be interesting to see what the future will hold for the infielder, will he somehow bring his passion for baseball and teach it to others as a Coach. There have been some players that have retired but have decided to come back will he be one of them.
Either way for right now the sights, sounds, amazing play and smile of one Jose Reyes will be missed and Mets fans will forever be thankful for all the amazing memories they were able to share thanks to his play with the team.