Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 10/1/11
I’m sure we’ve all been following along with what every baseball analyst and player thinks of Jose Reyes’ decision to remove himself from the game in the first inning of yesterday’s Mets season finale. While I personally wasn’t too thrilled about this, I am super excited that Reyes became the first New York Met in their 50-year history to win an NL batting title. Now we just need a no-hitter, but that’s a different story. A move like this though just goes to show that the game of baseball has changed from the past. Does the name Ted Williams ring a bell? Williams could have sat out the final day of the season in 1941 to preserve his .400 average. However, he played both games of a double-header and finished 6-for-8 on the day, raising his average to .406. Still, 50 years from now, we will remember that Reyes won the 2011 NL batting title, not that he removed himself on the final day to accomplish this task. In order to even be in a position to take himself out yesterday, Reyes was ...
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