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Note: This page is for All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes; for the catcher who played in 2006, click here

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José Bernabe Reyes

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 160 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

José Reyes stole 60 bases for the New York Mets in 2005, becoming the youngest player since Tim Raines in 1981 to reach that total. One of the league's most dangerous baserunners, Reyes also led the National League in triples with 17. He led the league again in both categories in 2006.

He is nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" for his explosive running and base stealing and for his defensive skill and enthusiasm. He came up as a shortstop, but played second for a season to make room for Kazuo Matsui.

He also set the MLB record for having the fastest time, in seconds, going from home to 3rd and going all around the bases. His time from home to 3rd is 8.72 and going all around the bases is 12.03. [citation needed]

Reyes went 1 for 9 with two walks, two runs and one error for the Dominican Republic national team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. His lone hit came off Diegomar Markwell. He broke a 0-0 tie in the 11th inning against the Dutch national team in a do-or-die game by drawing a Leon Boyd walk and coming home on an error by Eugene Kingsale. The Netherlands, rallied, though, and beat the Dominicans to eliminate them from the tournament.

In 2011, Reyes became the third player since 1961 to have three multi-triple games in a season, following Carl Crawford (2004) and Kenny Lofton (1995). He won the National League batting title that year, with a .337 batting average, becoming the first player from the New York Mets to do so. It was a significant comeback season for him, as he had not been a league leader in any category or reached a major statistical landmark since 2008. He had missed almost all of 2009 because of injuries, and had only a so-so year in 2010.

In 2011, he made a tremendous comeback, however, becoming the first member of the Mets to win a batting title. He hit .337/.384/.493 in 126 games, with a league-leading 16 triples. A free agent after the season, there was speculation all year over whether he would re-sign with the Mets or not. On December 4th, he decided to move to a new team, signing a 6-year contract with the newly-renamed Miami Marlins, worth $60 million. He had to shear his trademark dreadlocks when he joined the Marlins, given his new team's strict policy on length of hair. He decided to have his hair cut on mlb.com's "Hot Stove" show, and then to auction it off. It fetched over $10,000, which was handed over to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

While the Marlins had a disappointing season in their first year in Marlins Park, Reyes played relatively well in 2012. He had the longest hitting streak in the major leagues that year, reaching 26 games on August 8th, before being shut down by former teammate R.A. Dickey of the Mets on August 9th. In those 26 games, he had hit .358, with 8 doubles, 2 triples and 5 homers, bringing his average to .288, still well below his previous season's mark, however. The streak was the second-longest in Marlins history, matching one by Emilio Bonifacio in 2011, but well behind Luis Castillo's 35-game streak in 2002. On September 15th, he was charged with the 500,000th error in the history of major league baseball, flubbing a simple ground ball hit by Drew Stubbs of the Cincinnati Reds. He finished the year hitting .287 in 642 at-bats, with 37 doubles, 12 triples and 11 homers, 86 runs scored and 40 stolen bases. However, the Marlins decided to change course completely after a disappointing first year in their new park, and on November 13th pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, sending Reyes, Ps Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, C John Buck and IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio to the Blue Jays in return for a package of mainly young players including IFs Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechevarria, P Henderson Alvarez, C Jeff Mathis and three minor leaguers.

Reyes suffered a serious ankle injury only a few days into the 2013 season. The injury occurred on a stolen base attempt in the 6th inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals on April 12th. Something popped when he slid into the base; he screamed in pain and had to be carted off the field, and was expected to be out for three months. While the Jays won that game, 8-4, their season had started very poorly in spite of the huge infusion of talent over the off-season and Reyes's injury cast a further pall. He missed over two months of action, finally returning to the line-up on June 26th, by which time the Jays had managed to right the ship and were playing above .500. Reyes played well after his return, finishing with a .296 average, 20 doubles and 10 homers along with 15 stolen bases in 21 attempts, in 93 games, but the Jays weren't able to keep their heads above water. Late June was their high-water mark that year, and they quickly sank back in the standings after that, finishing in last place well behind the four other teams in the AL East. The team's bold gamble to challenge in 2013 had failed to pay off.

If the Blue Jays were hoping for a healthy season from Reyes in 2014, their hopes were quickly dashed. On Opening Day on March 31st against the Tampa Bay Rays, he aggravated a hamstring injury in his first at-bat of the year, had to be removed from the game and then was placed on the disabled list.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 4-time NL All-Star (2006, 2007, 2010 & 2011)
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2006)
  • NL Batting Average Leader (2011)
  • 2-time NL At Bats Leader (2005 & 2008)
  • NL Hits Leader (2008)
  • 4-time NL Triples Leader (2005, 2006, 2008 & 2011)
  • 3-time NL Stolen Bases Leader (2005-2007)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (2006-2008 & 2011)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (2008)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 4 (2005-2008)

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