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Mets players think the team is "babying" Jose Reyes

Mar 31, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

jose reyes headshot mets.jpgAn unidentified Mets player told Mike Puma of the New York Post that there is a prevailing feeling in the Mets’ clubhouse
that Jose Reyes is being “babied” because the team fears a public relations disaster if he hurts his hamstring again. The player said, in response to the team hemming and hawing about letting Reyes start the season in New York, that “It’s kind of silly. You play the game. You can get
hurt as easily playing [a minor league exhibition] as playing on Opening

I see the player’s point, but it’s not like the Mets can’t limit Reyes in a rehab setting in ways they can’t necessarily limit him in the bigs. He could stay in Florida for extended spring training during which he’d focus more on conditioning and running. He could, as Puma noted he did yesterday in his return to game action, be instructed not to do things like leg out doubles. He could avoid any chilly weather that might make it harder to get loose and stuff.  There are potential advantages.

Ultimately this seems more like a communication and trust problem than a Reyes health problem. If the unnamed player is right and there is a strong feeling in the clubhouse that the Mets aren’t handling Reyes properly, it’s either because the team isn’t being straight with the players about it all or because the players simply don’t trust the team’s handling of injuries and rehab.

  1. Joey B - Mar 31, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    It almost sounds like a made up quote. Of course there is a difference between the minors and pros. Do you want a choice in the pros between Reyes scoring from 1st in the 9th in a tied game, and possibly hurting himself? It’s a long season. You can miss a guy for a few games.

  2. enough already - Mar 31, 2010 at 9:21 AM

    I think there was also something about not being able to backdate his DL stint if he played in Major League games as opposed to Minor League games.

  3. BC - Mar 31, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    The only way this team could be more dysfunctional is if they traded for Milton Bradley.

  4. Benny Blanco - Mar 31, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Good old BC. Forever the pessimist.

  5. Old Gator - Mar 31, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    This team is reminding me more and more of (a) the Oakland As of the early and mid 70s and (b) the Binewski Circus from Geek Love. Not that there was much difference between them. Maybe they’ll all get at each other’s throats so passionately that they’ll actually take the division. All this absurdity might just be a blessing in disguise. But then, absurdity is a blessing per se anyway.

  6. jwb - Mar 31, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    So who is the anonymous Met most likely to talk to the press?

  7. oompaloompa - Mar 31, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    This story is missing too many details to the point of not reporting it. Is the team scared he is not 100% and not wanting him to reinjure himself? If thats the case all MLB teams “baby” their injured players at the start of the year.

  8. oompaloompa - Mar 31, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    This story is missing too many details to the point of not reporting it. Is the team scared he is not 100% and not wanting him to reinjure himself? If thats the case all MLB teams “baby” their injured players at the start of the year.

  9. KBR - Mar 31, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    Since when is a supposed quote from one unnamed player, who presumes to speak for the entire clubhouse, a news story? Oh, right, its the internet; people can say whatever they want and its news.

  10. Craig Calcaterra - Mar 31, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    Actually, that came from a newspaper. Sure, it’s the New York Post, but it’s on newsprint, so please don’t use this story as a vehicle for bashing the web.

  11. sal - Mar 31, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Omar Minaya could be the worst GM of all time. Reyes should be traded as soon as it is possible since he has no heart for the game. The Mets have done nothing in the off season of any consequence even though they could have gotten some really good players but chose not to.
    I have been a fan for 45 years and I have never, ever seen a team with less heart than this one. Reyes isn’t good enough to be carried like this and unless someone motivates these guys it will be another lousy year.

  12. Old Gator - Mar 31, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Hard to say. Without Willie Randolph to assassinate, I doubt if it’s Charlie Manuel this time.

  13. john pileggi - Mar 31, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Everyone needs to calm down and let the season begin. If he is okay after April, this will all die down. If he breaks down, then this is another 90 loss season.

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