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New York Mets: Five failed Mets reunions with former players

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Jay Bruce #19 and Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants 6-1 at Citi Field on May 9, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: Jay Bruce #19 and Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants 6-1 at Citi Field on May 9, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 31: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets bats against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the eighth inning at AT&T Park on August 31, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Failed Mets Reunion with Jose Reyes

The glory days of Jose Reyes in Flushing were unmatched by any other shortstop in club history. Reyes’ lead ahead of every other shortstop in Mets history is wider than the margin at any other position. This is a testament to how great he was as well as a slight jab toward the dozens of other shortstops that have played for the team.

Reyes remains the only Mets player to ever win a batting title and he either holds or is near the top of many individual statistics. We don’t need to gush about how great he is. That’s a story for another day.

Instead, let’s remember how poorly his reunion with the Mets went.

After leaving the team following the 2011 season, Reyes played for the Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, and Colorado Rockies. His performance wasn’t nearly as stellar as it was during his time in New York.

When he came back to the orange and blue, he wasn’t nearly as successful as he was earlier on in his career. He managed to stick around for three seasons while getting progressively worse in each.

Reyes hit .267 in 279 plate appearances in 2016. He got a lot more time on the field in 2017. Reyes finished that year with 561 trips to the plate and only a .246 batting average.

He ended up coming back to the Mets in 2018 in what was a spectacularly bad campaign. The Mets legend hit only .189 for the year in 251 opportunities. He was that one guy fans were crushed to see fail so miserably. Those past successes almost felt obliterated with how he was finishing off his time with the organization.

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Reyes didn’t officially retire until 2020. The last memories we have of him playing with the Mets, unfortunately, aren’t the best ones.

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