Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 8/6/12
Nobody will ever mistake Ruben Tejada for Jose Reyes, especially after getting thrown out by a country mile while attempting to steal second base in Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Padres. For Tejada it was his second caught-stealing to go with his one stolen base this season. So he’s no speed demon, that’s for sure, but he does have other virtues. Last year, Jose Reyes was nearly nominated for sainthood when he led the NL with a .337 batting average, and hardly a whimper from the sports media with our 22-year old shortstop batting .323 in his first full season as an everyday shortstop. The two of them, Reyes and Tejada, will meet again Tuesday night when the Mets begin a three game set with the Miami Marlins. Reyes comes into town with a .288 average and a .351 on-base for the Fish – nothing wrong with that, but when you consider the mind-boggling disparity in their salaries, it gives you pause to consider how luck we truly are that things worked out the way they did. We already g...
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