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Reyes tops Braun for NL batting title

Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:26 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 11:43 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

With Jose Reyes pulling himself from Wednesday afternoon's game against the Reds, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun knew exactly what he needed to do in the final game of the season to secure his first-ever batting title -- get three hits. He didn't manage one.

Braun went 0 for 4 on Wednesday, leaving his average at .332149, nearly five points behind Reyes.

Reyes left Wednesday's victory over the Reds in the first inning after his bunt single gave him an average of .337058. Braun entered Wednesday night's game with an average of .334526.

Reyes, whose first-inning bunt single gave him an average of .337058, was immediately pulled from the game for a pinch-runner in the Mets' victory over the Reds. Braun entered Wednesday night's game against the Pirates with an average of .334526.

While many (including our own Evan Brunell) weren't too fond of Reyes' tactic, Braun was nonplussed.

"I don't think it really matters about what the ethics of it are," Braun said before Wednesday's game (via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). "I respect whatever decision he decided to make. Ultimately he left the door open for me. It's not impossible. I've gotten three hits in a game plenty of times.

"It's still attainable; it's still a possibility. If he had stayed in the game and gotten multiple hits, it may not have been a possibility at all. I'm not really here to judge him."

In the end, it appeared to help Reyes more than hurt him, as the Mets shortstop will won his first batting title -- just in time to test free agency.

"I just want to say I’m humbled and honored to win the batting title," Reyes said in a statement released by the Mets. "It means so much to my family and my country, the Dominican Republic. I have been through a lot over the past few years so this really means a lot to me. It’s also very special to be the first Mets player to win a batting title. There have been so many great players throughout our history. I want to thank Terry Collins, my coaches and all my teammates and of course all the Mets fans who have always supported me and been behind me 100 percent." 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:11 pm

Reyes tops Braun for NL batting title

I believed it was still a little bit of slow antique post, but it really most definitely literally paid out to obtain my time.

Since: Aug 8, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 3:01 pm

Reyes tops Braun for NL batting title

haha....good luck with Taylor Green ...

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:09 pm

Reyes tops Braun for NL batting title

Most players in this situation would choose the personal achievement if they are allowed to choose.  The players do not make ALL the decisions about playing or not playing.  You have to accept that managers, coaching staff, front office make the decision before the players do.  Several posters have accurately pointed out Braun's selfish actions.  Braun plays first for team goals but when he has a choice he would play for individual goals.  And what's wrong with trying to attain an individual achievement if it promotes individual performance?  If a player plays well it benefits the team.

Jose Reyes put himself in the position to win the batting title by performing well throughout the season.  That one game, one at bat, one bunt single was just ONE HIT in the season.  Mets fans, Brewer fans or baseball fans should not have a problem with Reyes winning the batting title.  He qualified by playing enough games and having enough ABs.  His last AB should not be judged as the reason he won the batting title.  Unless you are too stupid to figure this out.  Haters don't need a GOOD reason to hate.

Reyes is just like MOST prima donna baseball stars.  They like attention.  They play for money.  They put themselves ahead of the team.  But don't forget that they perform!  They perform well and therefore deserve the money, the attention, the recognition and fame.

I congratulate Jose Reyes for winning the batting title.  I am sure he will get a incredible contract in the off season.  And if he can avoid serious injury he should perform well for at least the next five years.  He's a great shortstop, plain and simple.  All you haters should just accept that fact and move on.  If he helped your team win you'd love him.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:42 am

Reyes tops Braun for NL batting title

Humbled my a$$, he made the decision to sit before he even got the hit.  Brauny didn't have to play half of Sep games, he could have sat down when his average was above .340, but didn't.  This is the difference between a Class Act and an A$$ Act.  Me versus the team.  You get paid to play the game, if you're not hurt get on the field.  Unless this scum's contract says he only plays a certain number of games per year.  And I'm sure all the poor in the DR are dancing in teh street now because of this, all there problems are gone because of this humanitarian.  Way to try to build yourself up.  People like Brauny are the reason why baseball has fans.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 7:59 am

Reyes tops Braun for NL batting title

Give Brauny a break, if the batting title meant that much to him, wouldnt he have swung at anything Tuesday night in order to try to get hits rather than taking 2 walks, which both ultimately scored?  Guess what...we won Tuesday by 2 runs...coincidence?  Congrats to Reyes, but he packed his bags last night and headed for the golf course.  Individual titles are nice, but often they are the consolation prize for playing on team not going to the post season.

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:05 am

Reyes tops Braun for NL batting title

Braun took himself out of the lineup on Mon. He tried to do the same thing Reyes did. Braun had a 1 per. lead . I live in Milw. I will never forgive Braun for that. He is not a team player. Don't be fooled Prince Fielder has more class in his baby finger. Sorry, I'm very upset about what Braun did Mon. The HFA was on the line and he chose to sit. The manager is to blame also because he gave him the option. They said this during the game. Now I hope we go on to the world series and Braun is the MVP. I don't have hardon for Braun...he just diappointed me.

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 12:55 am

Reyes tops Braun for NL batting title

I live in Milw. I wanted Braun to win the title. He doesn't deserve it. On Monday Braun chose to sit out. Roenicke gave the players the option . Anyone could have the night off. This was announced during the game. With HFA on the line , Braun chose to sit on the bench to protect his  i point batting league. He came in to pinch hit in the 6th. However he tried to win by default, hoping Reyes would have a bad night. The Brewers needed the game and he chose to sit. If I was Fielder I would leave too. Roenicke is weak. Terrible manager with a great team. I will never forgive Braun for trying to take the night off with the HFA on the line. His team was out there playing and he chose to sit for personal reasons. The fans and the city of Milw deserve more for the $100 mil. we are paying him. Braun is a great player and I'm glad we have him. But a man of character...That would be Fielder.  A true team player.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:31 pm

Reyes tops Braun for NL batting title

i'm ok with what Reyes did as long as he signs with Milwaukee in the offseason.  I mean they can take some of the 20 Mil a season they offered Fielder(which by the way wasn't enough and he and his agent decided to turn down) and snag Reyes to play short next to Taylor Green at third, Ricky Weeks at second and Corey Hart at first.  Then him and Brauny can pal around and laugh at this nonsense while enjoying another post season appearance, See ya Yuniesky! 

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