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NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Fans outside the stadium prior to the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 05: Fans outside the stadium prior to the Opening Day Game between the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins at Citi Field on April 5, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Jose Reyes, New York Mets
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Jose Reyes

2003-2011, 2016-2018. Jose Reyes. 10. 3. . SS

Things didn’t end well for Jose Reyes and the Mets. The mistake was bringing him back after a tour with the Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies. If he had stayed away, maybe we would look at Reyes a little differently?

However, I’m not so sure Reyes has many regrets. Even in the recent dark times, he got to do what he does best in life: play baseball.

I think some of us forget what a unique player Reyes was during his early years with the Mets. He stole bases like no one does anymore. In three consecutive years, he led the league. The 2007 season included 78. The 2018 Mets only stole 71 as an entire team.

Reyes made a total of four All-Star appearances for the Mets. During this time, he set several single-season records including at-bats, plate appearances and stolen bases.

Grand totals from Reyes’ effort include a .282/.334/.433 batting line, 108 home runs, 1,534 hits and 408 stolen bases. It’s the bag thievery that always gets me weak at the knees. Nobody else in franchise history even reached the 300-mark.

Reyes also took home the 2011 batting title with a .337 batting average. It capped off the end of his first run with the Mets before returning in 2016.

Often, modern players are overlooked when ranking franchise greats. Reyes is too fresh in our minds, which means we remember the bad times well. As time goes on, I expect a little more attention to what Reyes accomplished with the Mets.

For all of his warts, there will probably never be another player like him on this team again.

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