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A-Rod on Reyes: 'World's greatest player'

Posted on: July 1, 2011 9:15 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 10:02 pm
By Matt Snyder

Fresh off taking the Batter of the Month honors for June from's baseball staff, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes received even higher praise -- from a three-time MVP, no less.

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees was asked by a reporter about Reyes Friday before Yankees and Mets squared off for the first game in a three-game set. A-Rod didn't hold back in his response.

"They have the world's greatest player playing shortstop over there, and the most exciting," Rodriguez said (ESPN New York). "I turn on the TV every time I get a chance to watch him."

The world's greatest part is certainly up for debate, but if we're going on this season alone, Reyes is most definitely in the conversation.

As for the most exciting? I'm not going to argue that, nor would anyone who watches Reyes play often. He gets on base tons of different ways, has extra-base power, steals bases and also sports a youthful exuberance. He came into Friday night leading the majors with 121 hits, 15 triples and a .352 average. He was also leading the NL with 22 doubles and 65 runs. He also has 30 stolen bases and has walked more times (27) than he's struck out (26).

Reyes is probably headed to his fourth All-Star Game in less than two weeks and at the end of the season will likely see a huge pay day, as he hits free agency. Back in the spring, there were reports the Mets were reluctant to re-up with him unless he significantly up his on-base percentage. His career OBP is .340. This season: .397. Your move, Mets.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:30 am

A-Rod on Reyes: 'World's greatest player'

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Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2011 1:29 am

A-Rod on Reyes: 'World's greatest player'

A-Rod's a slimy liar. Overrated as a baseball player too.  Nothing really wrong with his comment for Reyes although you'd have to imagine he's not just kissing the guy's ass for nothing. Yes Reyes has been the best player in baseball for the past month, but it seems like A-Rod is more saying this stuff to either help Reyes get a big contract this Fall or to try and make him become interested in playing for the Yankees with him.

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2011 10:30 pm

A-Rod on Reyes: 'World's greatest player'

Oops... I said yesterday that Reyes seems to get injured more often than most other players.

Guess what?

I feel sorry for him and the Mets. Hope he's only out a couple days...

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 3:00 pm

A-Rod on Reyes: 'World's greatest player'

Isn't Jeter locked up until like 2014 or something? Jeter wouldn't move over for ARod, I can't see Jeter willing to move over to DH for Reyes. Reyes would be an ideal fit for the Red Sox. They have an opening at SS plus Drew and Ortiz come off the books giving them the money to be able to afford Reyes. Just seems like between the Yankees and Red Sox, the Red Sox are the better fit seeing as the Red Sox have a SS opening and the Yankees don't.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 12:51 pm

A-Rod on Reyes: 'World's greatest player'

He only became hated when he moved to the Yankees!

LOL...  Ask Seattle about that. He became hated when he went to Texas and signed that contract. Became more hated when he came to NY. He became EVEN more hated when he became a conformed juicer. Now I think he's a little less hated then he was a couple years ago. Probably cause he isnt as good as he used to be.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 12:49 pm

A-Rod on Reyes: 'World's greatest player'

If Reyes could stay healthy and have a long productive career, he could be the best SS of all time. And as mentioned before, Reyes is on pace with Ty Cobb, I can't remember Rickey Henderson being mentioned with Ty Cobb. It's all in perspective really. Rickey had better numbers cause he stayed healthier longer. But SS's aren't that durable anymore. The top 3 SS's always spend time on the DL each year. Reyes, Tulo and Hanley Ramirez.

No way you ever saw Rickey play anywhere near his prime to make those comments. Rickey almost single handedly won playoff series with his speed. Ricky stole 50 bases a the all star break. Best leadoff batter of alltime and 2nd best is probably closer to 10th best then Rickey...whoever that may be.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 12:36 pm

A-Rod on Reyes: 'World's greatest player'

commish, not going to argue the merits of Derek Jeter with you (as intelligent, true Red Sox fans have tons of respect for Jeter, we just are required to dislike him because he wears pinstripes). But when using Jeter's resume to prove a point, throwing in the Gold Gloves will get you in trouble.
Every die hard non-Yankee baseball fan knows Derek Jeter should have one, maybe two of those 5 GG's. The GG three-peat from '04-'06 only happened because A-Roid came to NY and moved to third, and Nomar started ripping tendons and pulling hammys due to his 'roid use too. If A-Roid doesn't move and Nomar stays healthy, those two guys are fighting for the GG's. The last two that he's won (2009 and 2010) are especially heinous. The guy has lost all range. People even whisper about moving him to the outfield. What supposedly GG shortstop gets moved to the OF? Personally, as a Red Sox fan, I hope the Yanks keep him at short every game for the life of this joke of a contract he just signed. Plenty of singles going to be going through that AARP left side of the infield in the years to come.

I get what your saying, but we've had a SS in there for the last 2 weeks with MUCH better range then Jeter. I squirm every time the ball is hit to him. Id take Jeter and his steady hands any day of the week of this guy. Range is not everything. You have to be able to catch and throw also and make the routine play. Trust me, whether you believe it or not, as a Red Sox fan, taking into account only defense, you'd rather we have Nunez there then Jeter at this point in their careers. Nunez will get to a ball every other day that Jeter wont get to, he'll also make like 4 or 5 times as many error over the course of a full year based on what Ive seen.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: July 2, 2011 12:01 pm

A-Rod on Reyes: 'World's greatest player'

Hey Metfanatic....

WOW! How the definition of a "great year" has deteriorated!  What's in all 162 games and we'll say he had a "great year"  Perhaps if he batted over .300 in any of those 3 years we might begin to consider them a "great" year.  A "very good" year(s), yes.......a "great" year, no.  But I admire Mets fans continued attempts to find the silver lining in their perpertual dark cloud of the last decade.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2011 11:55 am

A-Rod on Reyes: 'World's greatest player'

What a joke!!! Is there some code between these guys when they are in the last year of their contract!  Reyes is nothing more than a jerk who wants a big contract so he is playing hard.  His SLG nmbers are over 100 points higher then he has ever had, his BA is .50 over then he has ever had, besides being a jerk of a team mate, he is full of himself and G-Rod should keep his steroid mouth shut!  All this hype, its a joke, now Reyes is going to get 15-20+ mil  year and watch, next year his BA will be back to .280.  Stop pumping up this guy, he is a joke and so is G-ROD!

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