Last night the Mets won a white knuckler of a game against the Brewers by the score of 2-1, which now positions them just two games under .500. Do you know who the catalyst of the game was ? Who else but Jose Reyes !
After his 2-5, two rbi performance last night, Jose is batting .339 with one homer, 23 rbis and a on base percentage of .899 ! So far he has done everything that management has asked him to do. Jose seems to be a tad bit more patient at the plate this season. Yes he has had his occasional brain farts when on base or playing defense – but there is no mistaking that he is the Hemi powered engine that propels this team.
In my opinion to either trade Jose or to let him walk via free agency is suicide. Yes you have talent such as Ruben Tejada waiting in the wings to step into Jose’s spot, but they lack his dynamic “ready for New York” persons.
Look – I am not saying that trading Jose would result in a backlash of “Midnight Massacre” like proportions, No Met thus far can be compared to Seaver in that kind of capacity, but Jose does come close.
There are some members of the media along side some fans that will say he is only playing this well because it’s a contract year – and he wants to be paid handsomely. I can understand this cynicism – but when healthy Jose 95 % of the time gave his all.
I truly feel Jose wants to be here, he is a cornerstone franchise type of player. He is the kind of player that you call a difference maker, opposing pitchers fear him – not for his power – but for his speed. I feel he is having a M.V.P caliber season.
Citi Field is the perfect park for him to spread his wings and fly. The kid is only 28 years old – still in the prime of his career. We all know no team will offer him Carl Crawford money, but I think if the Mets make him a offer of 5 years at 20 million per year – he would jump at it.
I know the Wilpon’s are in the middle of a financial meltdown, but not to sign Jose would be penny wise and dollar foolish.
Yes you save money in the beginning – but you will lose more in the end when the fans at Citi Field start to recede more than it has now.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Middle reliever from the ’67 season, Joe Grzenda is 74 (1937).
One time “Mets Catcher of the Future“, John Gibbons is 49 (1962) Gibbons when he was touted as a great all around catcher when he made the Mets in ’84. But ten games into the season , he suffered a broken cheekbone when he was involved in a home plate collision against the Expos. He was out for the entire season. That next season the Mets acquired Gary Carter – which made John expendable to the Mets. He was most recently the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Starting pitcher from ’95-’98, Dave Mlicki is 43 (1968). Who could forget his gutsy performance against the Yankees in the Mets first ever “Subway Series” win !!!
The New York Mets selected second baseman,Ken Boswell in the fourth round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1965.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Jim McAndrew in the 11th round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1965. Jim was one of the best Mets pitchers that you probably never heard of. He played with the Mets from ’68-’73 – and was often in the shadows of Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman. In his six seasons with the Mets, he compiled a record of 36-49 with a E.R.A of 3.54. It is plain to see that if he had received a bit more run support , his record would have reflected better on his career.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Don Shaw in the 35th round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1965.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Nolan Ryan in the 10th round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1965. All I can say is I HATE JIM FREGOSI !!!!!
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Les Rohr in the first round (second pick overall) of the free agent draft on June 8, 1965. He pitched parts of three seasons (’67-’69) for the Mets before disappearing from the Mets radar.
The New York Mets selected infielder, Joe Moock in the third round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1965. He only played in 13 games for the Mets in ’67 – but he had a classic baseball name !
The New York Mets sold pitcher, Cal Koonce to the Boston Red Sox on June 8, 1970.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Rick Baldwin in the ninth round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1971. Rick would pitch for the Mets from ’75-’77.
The New York Mets selected second baseman, Rich Puig in the first round (14th pick overall) of the free agent draft on June 8, 1971.Rich was yet one of the many Mets first round draftee’s that had a cup of coffee with the team – then faded away into obscurity.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Neil Allen in the 11th round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1976. Neil was a good – not great reliever during his time with the Mets. His biggest contribution was that by trading him to the Cardinals, we were able to get Keith Hernandez.
The New York Mets selected pitcher, Mike Scott in the second round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1976. What can be said that hasn’t already been said about Mike Scott ? Did he go from being a highly touted rookie pitcher that struggled mightily to one of the best pitchers from the ’80′s just because he discovered the magic of the split fingered fastball ? Or was it some thing a bit shadier – such as the allegations that he doctored the ball ? Only Mike and his teammates know for sure. And to think all we got for him in that trade with the Astros was Danny Heep !!
The New York Mets selected outfielder, Terry Blocker in the first round (fourth pick overall) of the free agent draft on June 8, 1981. Terry was a highly touted outfielder that was often injured in the minors. He was essentially blocked ( no pun intended) because the Mets were overstocked with excellent outfield prospects. He would be traded to the Atlanta Braves in 1987 for pitcher Kevin Brown ( no not that Kevin Brown !).
New York Mets selected outfielder, John Christensen in the second round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1981. He would later be part of the deal that brought Bobby Ojeda to the Boston Red Sox to the Mets.
The New York Mets selected outfielder, Lou Thornton in the 19th round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1981.
The New York Mets selected reserve outfielder, Mark Carreon in the eighth round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1981.From ’87-’91 it always seems like Carreon was on the Tidewater to New York shuttle. I feel that it is safe to say that Nick Evans is Mark Carreon reincarnated
The New York Mets selected Lenny Dykstra in the 12th round of the free agent draft on June 8, 1981. It is hard to stomach seeing Lenny at such a low part of his life. I don’t know if this image of him that is being projected by the media is true, but if it is all I can say is that he has become a true sociopath – and I pity him.
The New York Mets released outfielder, Rodney McCray on June 8, 1992.
The New York Mets traded first baseman, David Segui to the Montreal Expos for starting pitcher, Reid Cornelius on June 8, 1995. Segui was a decent first baseman with some pop in his two seasons with the Mets. After he arrived in Montreal he became a major home run threat. He later admitted to using PEDs after his was named on the Mitchell report.
The New York Mets released reserve outfielder, Jon Nunnally on June 8, 2000.
The New York Mets signed free agent utility infielder, José Offerman on June 8, 2005.
Mo Vaughn always enjoys his visits to Milwaukee. He loves to recreate the beginning montage of the Laverne and Shirley credits with Doug Sisk !!!