In the January/February issue of Baseball Digest, they put out their annual player rankings. At the top was Ryan Braun, the NL MVP, who hit .332 this season. Behind him were players such as Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera, Michael Young, and Albert Pujols. At number 15, was Jose Reyes:
“Despite exiting the final game of the season after his first inning bunt single to secure the N.L. batting title .337 to .332 over Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, Reyes still deserves credit for a productive season regardless of missing 36 games due to chronic leg injuries or bad judgment in not playing the last game of the season in full to win the batting title. When healthy, he is an offensive ignitor as he showed for the Mets in his 126 games played by hitting .337 with 181 hits, 101 runs, 31 doubles, 16 triples and 39 stolen bases. He struggled a bit defensively, but he covers a lot of ground and has a strong arm.”
Although I think I agree with Rusty of Real Dirty Mets Blog that Carlos Beltran was actually the Mets’ most valuable player this season, Jose had an amazing season and as Met fans, we have to put our hard feelings about him aside and acknowledge the fact that he had an amazing season.