After 16 memorable seasons, most of which were spent in the Big Apple, former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is riding off into the sunset. Reyes announced his MLB retirement in a farewell tweet Wednesday afternoon, hanging up his cleats after a career that included, among other achievements, four All-Star appearances, one NL batting title, 145 homers, 517 steals (33rd all-time) and a .283 lifetime average over 7,552 at-bats at the sport’s highest level.
The 37-year-old bookended his career in Queens, debuting for New York in 2003 before returning to where it all started in 2016, logging his final MLB at-bat with the Mets two years later. In between, Reyes spent a year in Miami, three in Toronto and half a season in Colorado. The Dominican Republic native primarily played shortstop (1,627 games), but also made occasional appearances at the hot corner (114) and second base (84 including 72 starts), particularly in later years as the declining Reyes transitioned from a big-league regular to a scarcely-used utility man.
Reyes’ final .337 line in 2011, accomplished on the strength of a 7-for-11 showing in the Mets’ final series (which boosted his average six points), stands as the only batting title in franchise history. Signed as an international free agent in 1999, Reyes’ 78 thefts in 2007 are the most by a player, Mets or otherwise, this century.
"As a young boy growing up in the Dominican Republic, I could have never dreamed of achieving all that I have from this incredible game,” said Reyes, who represented his home country in each of the first three World Baseball Classics including the D.R.’s victorious 2013. “Mets fans, what can I say? We never got the ring we hoped we would get, but I can’t imagine playing in front of any better fans in the whole world. Your passion and energy always lifted me higher and for that I will always be grateful.”
Well said, Jose. Reyes may not have won a World Series, but Mets superfan Jerry Seinfeld named his dachshund after him, which has to count for something.