Jose Reyes: 4 Reasons Why He Will Dominate MLB in 2012
The way he left the New York Mets, the only team he has played for since becoming a pro in 2003—and his decision to sit out the last game of the 2011 season to save his batting title—may have cost him a few fans in New York.
However, to many, he is still the one of the best baseball players in the entire league.
They signed up Reyes for six years for total of $106 million. That makes it the richest deal in the franchise’s history. Anything labelled “the most” has always been the center of attention.
The season hasn't started well for the Marlins (1-3), but with 158 games to go, this is hardly a reason to get on Reyes or the team just yet.
Here are four reasons why Reyes will be talked about a lot this season.
Age Is Not a Concern
It is generally accepted that the best years for a player are between 26 and 32. Reyes is close to the middle at 28.
In other words, he is at the prime of his career. He is mature with enough professionalism and experience—and he knows how to play.
He is the batting champion, hitting .337 last season. It is a career-high for the shortstop, who will also be at second base, replacing Hanley Ramirez.
It’s worth mentioning that he played 126 games and missed 36 due to injuries.
Reyes know his limitations. His injuries are consistent—his hamstrings.
When he is healthy, he is really persistent. He was like that during the first half of the 2011 season.
Then he got injured and was distracted by concerns over his contract, even though he declined to negotiate a new deal with the Mets during the season.
Still, he had seven home runs, 44 runs batted in, 101 runs scored and 39 stolen bases.
He has proven he is capable of great comebacks.
The 2009 season, for example, was disastrous for Reyes. Troubled with injuries, he played only 36 games with his third career-lowest batting average of .279.
Now that he is happy with his contract and has fans and managers counting on him, he should be extra careful as he aims to improve his stats and reach another career high.
Reyes revealed he is healthy.
“I think that this year I’m going to play a full season,” he said.
Being energetic and ambitious, Reyes wants to play every game.
He was bitter when he became a free agent in September 2011 and the Mets didn’t sign him.
Four-time All Star Reyes will be eager to prove them wrong for not risking to spend a lot of money on their shortstop, who, despite criticism that he’s not running as fast, was arguably the best in the league at that position.
When he’s motivated, he’s very powerful.
He definitely sounded excited to start the season when he arrived for training three days before he was due.
"The same energy I had in New York, that's the same energy I'm going to bring here," Reyes said. "I'm the kind of guy who has a lot of energy and a lot of passion for the game. I enjoy the game as much as I can. That's something I'm going to bring here."
Reyes is a charismatic and exciting player.
We have yet to see how Marlins fans will welcome him but Mets fans adored him.
In their eyes, Reyes carried the team on his back with his energy, smile and skills. Reyes was fan-favorite.
Many would still go see and cheer him even when the Marlins are playing the Mets in New York later this month.