Hey Reyes, Show Me The OBP And Only Then Will We Show You The Money!
Jose Reyes, considered by many to be one of the game’s best leadoff men when healthy, is by most accounts from Port St. Lucie, looking great and ready to go. But is he really a great leadoff hitter?
Sorry to disappoint you, but a career .335 OBP is far from great and as far as leadoff men goes, I’d say it’s probably below average. Even in his best season in 2006, Jose Reyes topped out at a good, but not great, .354 on-base percentage. <yawn>
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the team wants Jose Reyes to improve his on-base percentage before they even consider giving him the multi-year deal he craves. Thank the Almighty, that sanity now prevails in the front office in Flushing, because I have no doubt that if Omar Minaya was still running the carnival, Reyes would have been in the first year of a 7-year, $120 million dollar mega-deal right now.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Jose Reyes. He has great energy, he’s a likable guy, I love watching him leg out a triple, and he does cause some chaos for opposing pitchers whenever he’s on base. (keyword being whenever)
Any baseball purist will tell you that the main job of any leadoff man is to get on base, and in 2010 Reyes was a huge disappointment in that regard; posting a.321 OBP. How bad is that? Even Luis Castillo danced circles around Jose Reyes last season with a .337 OBP. (How you like me now!)
I want the Mets to field a great product year after year, and giving a player $100 million dollars to foul up the top of your order is a terrible idea. So my advice to Jose Reyes is, shape up or ship out.
I know that many will disagree, but this is about winning baseball games and not personalities.
About the Author: Craig Lerner
I'm a data analyst and researcher for a leading news agency who loves life and is hooked on the Mets. I love following the Amateur Draft and have a particular fondness for the Mets Minor Leagues who I follow each day. Give me a cold beer, a summer day, and a Mets game, and I'm good to go.
152 Comments + Add Comment
- CaptainVideo: on The Beat Goes On: Signs That The Mets Are Back In Business: Considering where the team was at the...
- Captain America: on The Beat Goes On: Signs That The Mets Are Back In Business: I still would love to land Gordon...
- Fromsalmontodoughnuts: on The Beat Goes On: Signs That The Mets Are Back In Business: srt I think your wrong I think...
- Fromsalmontodoughnuts: on The Beat Goes On: Signs That The Mets Are Back In Business: Could you live with tejada if Morales...
- Elvyn: on The Beat Goes On: Signs That The Mets Are Back In Business: Joe D, I agree with you. I...
2014 Opening Day
Write For Metsmerized Online
Mets Merized Online is reloading and looking for new writers to help cover the Hot Stove Season. We're also looking for passionate writers who would like to contribute new and original features.
Contact us now at GetMetsmerized@aol.com for more info and join the #1 Mets Fansite on the web!
Check Out These Great MLB Links!
Mets Autograph Signings
Mets Fan Apparel
Mets Autographed Baseballs
Baseball Card Supplies
For the best seats and lowest MLB ticket prices, go to PurchaseSeats.com. Get your Mets Tickets now and follow them on the road with Yankees Tickets, Phillies Tickets, Nationals Tickets and Braves Tickets!