Marlins Will Make Jose Reyes Cut His Hair

Rules are rules. The Miami Marlins may be serious about spending money this offseason, as evidenced by the $106 million they threw at Jose Reyes, the $200 million-plus they are dangling in front of Albert Pujols, and the $58 million they spent on Mark Buehrle, but it would appear they are still serious about their clubhouse rules as well. As they did with Hanley Ramirez a couple years back — which seemed to infuriate him — the Marlins will ask Jose Reyes to cut his dreadlocks.

“The answer is, there’ll be team rules,” Marlins president David Samson said when asked about Reyes’ hair. “Everyone follows the team rules, whatever they are.”

According to one reporter, Reyes is not happy about having to lose the locks.  However, there are a lot of things you can make a guy do for a few million bucks.  Even Manny Ramirez chopped off his hair (or part of it) when he became a member of the White Sox, which leads us to believe that anything is possible.

What Reyes should do is donate the hair to Locks of Love like Colts punter Pat McAfee did.  That should help ease the pain of losing such an important part of himself.

Fist pound to Big League Stew for the story.

Here is Jerry Seinfeld’s Dog, Jose Reyes (Video)

Last week, we told you about how badly Jerry Seinfeld wants the Mets to keep Jose Reyes — so badly he bought a dog and named him after Jose.  This way, the Seinfeld family can still keep a Jose Reyes around if the Mets let him sign elsewhere.  On Tuesday while he was co-hosting “Live! With Kelly” with Kelly Ripa, Seinfeld introduced his dog, which he described as an “impulse buy,” to the audience.  Here is the newest addition to Jerry Seinfeld’s family:

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Jerry Seinfeld Named New Dog Jose so He Would Still Have One After Reyes Leaves

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld joked about the Mets losing free agent Jose Reyes in a way that only he can. During an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday, Seinfeld said he named his family’s new dachshund Jose after the Mets shortstop.

“You want to know why the dog is named Jose?” Seinfeld asked Letterman. “The dog is named Jose because I feel like we may lose Jose Reyes, and we’re trying to keep a Jose. Because I’m a Met fan. It’s actually my wife’s idea, which is why I love my wife — she comes up with ideas like this. That’s a marriage right there, a wife that says, ‘Let’s name a dog after the Mets’ outgoing shortstop.’ That keeps the love alive.”

Ooph, way to rub that one in, huh? Things must not be too great for Seinfeld and the Mets. Not only does he lose Keith Hernandez to Elaine, but now he’s seeing the team’s payroll decrease and the impending loss of their best player. Only another Lady Gaga sighting would make matters worse for Jerry.

Jimmy Rollins Questions Jose Reyes’ Decision to Leave Game Early

Jimmy Rollins and Jose Reyes have been two of the top shortstops in baseball at different points in their careers. Both are set to hit the free agent market, and although Reyes is expected to command much more money, Rollins thinks being in the same free agent class is a good thing.

Rollins, who is no stranger to asserting his team’s greatness compared to the Mets, wasn’t impressed by Reyes’ controversial decision to bunt and then leave the game on the final day of the season.

“I’d have played the whole game – that’s me, though,” Rollins told reporters. “I fought this hard, to be in this position, and I’m going to see it all the way through to the end. My personality, I’m going to ride it out. I worked this hard to be this good and put up these numbers, I could see it all the way to the end.”

Nobody argues that Reyes is a superior player at this point, but that’s not the issue. The issue is that Reyes took the easy way out. If he were a true batting champion, he wouldn’t have been afraid to hit. That’s taking the wussy way out.

Mets Pull Jose Reyes After Bunt Single in 1st Inning to Preserve Batting Title

On a normal day, I could not possibly care any less about a New York Mets baseball game. At the moment, the Mets are nothing more than a team that is widely mocked, and run by an owner who does not believe in them.  Today, however, I felt the need to pay attention.

Heading into the final game of the regular season on Wednesday, Jose Reyes held a one-point lead over Ryan Braun for the National League batting title.  Reyes was hitting .336 with an upcoming afternoon game against the Reds while Braun and his .335 average will play the Pirates Wednesday night.  Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, we heard some rumblings about the Mets considering pulling Reyes in Wednesday’s game if he got a hit early.  Even the Mets wouldn’t be that classless, would they?

Of course they would; we’re talking about the New York Mets.  In fact, they went a step further.  Reyes dropped down a bunt single in the first inning and was immediately replaced with a pinch runner. The maneuver solidified Reyes’ place ahead of Braun for the time being, and the Brewers left fielder needs to increase his average by two points to surpass Reyes.  Can you say bush league?

When Ted Williams set the all-time batting record by hitting .406, he had the record on lock after game one of a double header.  Rather than sit out the second game and guarantee that his average remain above .400, Williams went about his normal business and ended up increasing his average even further.  I think I speak for everyone when I say I hope Braun somehow manages to go 4-for-4 in tonight’s game.

Keith Hernandez to Jose Reyes: Nice Game, Pretty Boy!

It was so fitting: I was over at my boy Hop-a-Long’s to enjoy 4th of July festivities, and what comes on Seinfeld as the rerun episodes? That’s right, the Keith Hernandez Magic Loogie episode. And why was that so fitting? As Hop-a-Long informed me, Hernandez apparently had just gotten into a fight with Jose Reyes on the team plane:

A team source described the situation aboard the plane as “very heated.” One player told The Post that he thought Reyes and the popular former Met – now an analyst for the club’s SNY TV network – were close to exchanging punches until others stepped in.

Reyes said yesterday he was angry at Hernandez after numerous friends and relatives told him Hernandez accused the Mets of “babying” Reyes during the broadcast of Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Yankees.

“Well, he’s got to get over that,” Hernandez said at the time, according to one transcript of the broadcast. “Enough babying going on now. He’s a grown man. He’s been around a long enough time. Take off the kid gloves.”

I guess Reyes threw his glove down on the ground after making an error. That’s not quite as strong as when Ted Lilly slammed his glove on the ground during the playoffs last year after giving up a home run, but still a childish act nonetheless. I’m a Reyes fan and I don’t understand all the heat he’s been taking lately. Manuel getting pissed at Reyes for not wanting to be pulled, and now Hernandez saying he’s being babied. Who doesn’t get pissed after making an error? I side with Piazza, too, who once said Hernandez is “A clueless voice from the grave.” At any rate, nice game, pretty boy!

Which SS/3B Tandem Is the Best?

Typically the trivia questions they ask at the ballpark are lame. As are the questions they pose on TV while you’re watching a ballgame. Except for in this case. My buddy, frequent commenter here at LBS, and occasional site contributor, Alan Hull, notified me that one of the questions posed during a Dodgers/Marlins game (I think) was the following: which SS/3B tandem would you rather have? The choices were excellent — making the decision about as tough as any. So I will pose it to you, along with another tandem that is somewhat noteworthy for you to choose from (age in parenthesis):

  1. Marlins:
    3B Miguel Cabrera (24) – 348 BA, 8 HR, career OPS .925, 112 career HRs
    SS Hanley Ramirez (23) – 336 BA, 31 runs, 10 SBs, .951 OPS, NL ROY
  2. Yankees:
    3B Alex Rodriguez (31) – 15HR, 39 RBI, 1.212 OPS, 2 MVPs, 40/40, 2 GG
    SS Derek Jeter (32) – 362 BA, 23 runs, ROY, 3 GG, WS MVP, .317 career BA
  3. Mets:
    3B David Wright (24) – 254, 3 SBs, 69 career HRs, .301 career BA
    SS Jose Reyes (23) – 352 BA, 982 OPS, 31 runs, 19 SBs, 3x NL SB king
  4. Atlanta Braves
    3B Chipper Jones (35) – 10 home runs, 23 RBI, 1.042 OPS, 1999 NL MVP
    SS Edgar Renteria (31) – .338 BA, 906 OPS, 5 time All-Star, 2 Gold Gloves

On the surface, you might just say the Yankees without hesitation. That’s not a bad answer, and probably the tandem I’d want for the next 3-5 years. But can you so easily deny the youth of the Marlins and Mets? The Braves was the tandem I added to the discussion because, well, I feel like an argument can be made for them. If it were just for this season, I’d go with the Yankees tandem. If it were to start a franchise, I dunno, tough call between the Mets and Marlins. If you’re talking about the best 3B/SS bargain financially, no question — it’s the Marlins. You pretty much can’t go wrong with any of the three. But how lucky are the Marlins and Mets to have what they do for now, especially at those prices?