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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Jose Reyes Announces Official Retirement

Veteran infielder Jose Reyes has announced his retirement from the game. The 37-year-old appeared in 16 MLB seasons.

Reyes had at one point hoped to play in the 2019 season, but evidently did not draw sufficient interest to continue his career. It isn’t surprising at this point to hear that he will no longer pursue playing opportunities.

There’s no denying what a dynamic player Reyes was at his height. During his first run with the Mets, he turned in 4,453 plate appearances of .292/.341/.441 hitting with 81 home runs and 370 steals while delivering excellent glovework at the shortstop position.

By the end of the 2011 season, Reyes had accumulated four All-Star appearances and 28 rWAR. He was never better at the plate than in 2011, when he posted a .337/.384/.493 slash to set the stage for a lucrative trip onto the free agent market.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2020 at 04:46 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: July 29, 2020 at 05:12 PM (#5966730)
He was still playing?

Darn, I wasn't even aware that he was still around.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: July 29, 2020 at 05:33 PM (#5966735)
As is often the case, baseball did it for him.
   3. Buck Coats Posted: July 29, 2020 at 06:25 PM (#5966751)
Hey, if you can't beat em...
   4. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: July 29, 2020 at 09:42 PM (#5966791)
Jose didn't have a bad career but it does end up being a bit disappointing. He put up 20 WAR, nearly 300 SB, and over 900 hits by the end of his age 25 season. He hit 19 homers as a 23 year old SS (back when that was impressive) and never hit that many in a season again. I really thought he was gonna be a superstar in 2006.
   5. Booey Posted: July 29, 2020 at 10:19 PM (#5966804)
In his prime he looked like he had a chance to join the coveted 20/20/20 club for 2B/3B/HR. He had 30/17/19 in 2006 and 37/19/16 in 2008.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: July 30, 2020 at 01:31 AM (#5966820)
Like others ... the bat wasn't as good as I remembered. Certainly very good for a SS but, other than one big season, never topped 120 OPS+ while I thought he had a few Barry Larkin seasons in there. His WAR is kinda killed by some very bad Rfield seasons so possibly he was a bit better than that. Solid career, excellent all-around player in his prime, but not as good in his prime as my memory had him.
   7. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 30, 2020 at 05:59 AM (#5966827)
Picked up 54 runs on the base paths and another 23 by avoiding DPs, but gave it all away (-75) with shoddy defense. 'Tis a pity.
   8. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 30, 2020 at 06:53 AM (#5966833)
He was my favorite player during his first run with the Mets. A joy to watch. I agree with #4 that he never quite reached the peaks that people expected of him (something that could also be said for that Mets team overall), he had a very nice career.

His second stint with the Mets is better left unmentioned. And it was a bit hard to root for him after the domestic violence charges/suspension.
   9. PreservedFish Posted: July 30, 2020 at 07:33 AM (#5966839)
Fangraphs likes him quite a bit more - 44 WAR vs 37 - most of which is defense. A lot of the gap seems to come in his later itinerant years, when certainly nobody thought of him as a plus defender anymore, if they thought of him at all.
   10. Howie Menckel Posted: July 30, 2020 at 10:35 AM (#5966862)
Reyes, like Kenny Lofton, was most fun when he would hit a ball into the gap.

a double for sure, you know he'll at least try for a triple, and for the first fleeting moments you'd wonder if you would finally witness an inside-the-park home run.
   11. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 30, 2020 at 10:57 AM (#5966871)
Reyes, like Kenny Lofton, was most fun when he would hit a ball into the gap.

a double for sure, you know he'll at least try for a triple

he DID lead the NL in triples 4 times
   12. Karl from NY Posted: July 30, 2020 at 02:09 PM (#5966938)
He was still playing?

Darn, I wasn't even aware that he was still around.

My perception was the opposite. I thought he had been on the Mets in 2019 and might have guessed he was still on the 40-man or coronataxi squad even now.

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