A lukewarm night for theNew York Mets’ bats in a 5-2 loss to the Miami Marlins Tuesday was overshadowed by the return of former longtime Jose Reyes. Though the Mets’ five-game win streak was snapped and Yoenis Cespedes was the team’s only player to provide any semblance of a spark offensively, the return of Reyes — his first appearance in a Mets uniform in nearly five years — stole the show.
Now at third base after playing for the Mets as a shortstop, Reyes appeared overanxious at the plate, possibly in an attempt to prove to fans he still had the skillset that won him a batting championship in 2011 in New York and made him one of the top infielders in baseball. Reyes went 0-4 Tuesday, with one strikeout.
Fans in attendance were mostly positive, giving the controversial star a strong ovation before his first appearance. Reyes was suspended 51 games by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence policy amidst allegations he had assaulted his wife, Katherine, last October. However, Reyes’ wife refused to cooperate with police, and no charges were filed.
The four-time All-Star was initially signed by the Mets organization in 1999 when he was just 16 years old. His career blossomed alongside captain David Wright in the mid-2000s, as the Mets narrowly missed out on a World Series appearance in 2006. Though he’s admittedly not the same player who helped catapult the team several years ago, the Mets hope he can provide a bit more stability at the leadoff position for a team that has struggled to produce runs.