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New York Mets: Ten players fans will always be in love with

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Mr. Met entertains the crowd between innings of a game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on May 25, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 25: Mr. Met entertains the crowd between innings of a game between the New York Mets and the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on May 25, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 27: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 27, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Jose Reyes

Fans love homegrown talent, so just like Wright, Jose Reyes was a hit with Mets fans as his career developed. Reyes was one of those players you just couldn’t keep your eyes off of because any given night he could have done something amazing. His high energy was something the fans respected most.

Reyes who made his debut couple years before Wright really took off in his first full season in 2005 as he went on to lead the league in stolen bases from 2005-2007. He had 60 or more stolen bases in that time span every year. Reyes brought the electricity with his speed and everyone knew, when Reyes goes so does the Mets offense. He will go down as one of the biggest game changers for the Mets in team history.

Like Wright, Reyes would play alongside him for many years as they held down the left side of the diamond. Reyes did leave the Mets in the 2011 offseason as he joined the division rival Miami Marlins. Although fans were slightly taken back by the move they understood it as Reyes was trying to cash in on a big payday and was coming off an impressive 2011 season.

Reyes would find his way back to the Mets in 2016 after going through off the field issues. Mets fans welcomed him back with open arms and Reyes put his head down and went to work. Not taking anything for granted Reyes was ok with whatever role the Mets had for him and had no problem when Amed Rosario eventually took his place, even going as far as mentoring him to make sure he was all set.

The fans love for Reyes was evident during the summer of 2011, with rumors swirling that the Mets may trade Reyes, as they already had dealt Carlos Beltran that summer too. Many fans brought signs and wrote online the famous saying “Don’t trade Reyes”. Mets fans didn’t want to see him go so when they were finally reunited in 2016, it was a good moment for Reyes and the fans.

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