Jose Reyes: A Look Back At His New York Mets Career, Part Two
The New York Mets have announced that for the return of Jose Reyes this evening, they will be doing a video tribute for him. He left the New York Mets last offseason signing a $106 million contract with the Miami Marlins. While I disagree with them doing the video tribute, I do think we should take a look at his career as a member of the New York Mets. This is part two of two, covering the 2007 season through the end of his career as a member of the New York Mets. Also make sure to check out part one, which discusses his original signing through the 2006 season.
In 2007, Jose Reyes had quite a few achievements. On July 12, he hit his ninth career leadoff home run, which set a franchise record. In August, he stole his 50th base of the season, becoming the first member of the New York Mets to accomplish the task three consecutive seasons. On August 22, he stole three bases, his 65th, 66th, and 67th, to break the team record for most stolen bases in a season. He also tied the Mets record for stealing at least one base in four consecutive games. However, that season wasn’t without controversy. On July 6, 2007, Jose Reyes was removed from the game for not running out a ball. Thinking it would be foul, he opted not to run it out, but it stayed fair and he was easily thrown out at first base.
On July 20, 2008, Jose Reyes become the franchise leader for career triples by hitting his 63rd. He also broke the New York Mets all time stolen base record on September 10, 2008, by stealing his 282nd career stolen base. On September 23, 2008, he hit his 200th hit of the season, the first time he had done that, by hitting a bases clearing triple.
In 2009, Jerry Manuel considered moving Jose Reyes to second or third in the lineup, instead of his customary leadoff spot. However, he decided to keep him there. That season, his injury problems returned. On May 20, 2009, Jose Reyes left the game with a right calf strain. On May 26, 2009, he was placed on the disabled list. On June 3, he left his rehab assignment. It was then announced he had torn his right hamstring. He did not play again that season, and had surgery in the offseason.
In March of 2010, Jose Reyes was placed on the disabled list with a hyperactive thyroid. He came off the disabled list on April 10. In June, he suffered an injury to his side which kept him out a few games. On July 10, he re-aggravated the injury and was again out, this time until July 20. On August 26, he re-aggravated the injury again and was out until September 10.
In 2011, his injury issues continued. On July 7, 2011, Jose Reyes was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his left hamstring. He returned on July 19. He returned to the disabled list on August 8, with a mild left hamstring strain. He returned on August 29. He won the National League batting title that season, which made him the first Met to do so. However, that comes under criticism from Mets fans as he got a bunt base hit in the first inning, and then left the game. He had told manager Terry Collins before the game that if he got a hit his first time up, he wanted to be pulled then.