On Wednesday, Jose Reyes stroked his first base hit since rejoining the organization.
With runners on the corners and one out, his fourth inning base hit to center gave visiting (AA) Binghamton a, then, 5-2 lead over the Altoona Curve.
His last hit as a Met otherwise came on Sept. 28, 2011, when he bunted safely leading-off the bottom of the first, but promptly removed himself from the team’s last game of the season.
Many in attendance already suspected they were witnessing his last game in a Mets uniform, and understandably voiced initial displeasure over this sudden change of events. As Reyes walked off, verbal angst gave way to resounding applause in recognition of his league leading .337 average, four times leading the league in triples, three stolen base titles, and for nine electrifying seasons overall – and indeed becoming the only Met to ever win a National League batting title.
The magnitude, morals, merits, or even minutia, of reuniting with Reyes will remain an open conversation. And rightfully so. For what it’s worth, if you’re really interested in my personal opinion you can check it here.
In the spirit of baseball, Jose Reyes has now played four games since re-signing with the Mets – two with Brooklyn, and a pair with Binghamton, where he will continue playing third base until his anticipated call-up to Queens.
Reyes himself told the Mets he does not expect a promotion until he truly feels prepared for the rigors of the major leagues, reports MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, who additionally said Reyes will stay at Binghamton until he plays nine back-to-back nights.
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On Sunday, June 26, Jose Reyes received a standing ovation during his first game/at-bat at MCU Park in Coney Island as the Brooklyn Cyclones hosted the Hudson Valley Renegades in a (A-) New York-Penn League match-up.
During his two games for the Cyclones, Reyes was noticeably rusty. He went a combined 0 for 5, with a walk, two strikeouts, one run scored, and committed one fielding error on a pop-up.
Tuesday Jose Reyes reported to (AA) Binghamton and went 0 for 4 during an 8-7 loss against the Altoona Curve, with a run scored after reaching on a fielder’s choice.
Jose went 1 for 4 with a two-RBI single, while Juan Lagares went 2 for 6 with a triple and two RBI, and defensively unleashed a clothesline, one hop throw home cutting down a potential run in the second inning.
Unlike Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, who is recovering from a partially torn left thumb ligament, is on the proverbial clock as his rehab assignment started Tuesday.
After 66 games with the Port St. Lucie Mets, a deserving Amed Rosario was recently promoted to Binghamton. After one full week with the B’s, the 20 year shortstop is slashing .400/464/.640, with ten hits (four doubles), and six RBI in just 25 at-bats. He is also in the midst of an 11-game hitting streak dating back to June 15 with PSL.
So far, first baseman Dominic Smith (#11 overall pick of the 2013 June amateur draft) is slashing .264/.322/,402, with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 50 RBI (4th Eastern League) in 73 games and 276 at-bats during his first full season with the B’s.