Jose Reyes wins the National League Batting Title

Jose Reyes has won the 2011 National League Batting Title with a .337 average.

In a statement issued by the team, Reyes said the following:

“I just want to say I’m humbled and honored to win the batting title. 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.”

As Reyes said, he is the first player in Mets history to win a batting title.

Ryan Braun needed to go 3-for-4 or 4-for-6 in his game against the Pirates at Miller Park last night. He went 0-for-4 to lower his average to .332 for the season.

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Michael Baron: The whole argument over how Reyes left the game after getting a hit in his first at bat is silly. Rather, I didn’t get to see him play more in what could potentially be for the last time in a Mets uniform. I think it’s more constructive to direct the concern at the 85 losses, poor fundamentals, and bad pitching. If those weren’t issues and the Mets were playing a meaningful game today, he would have stayed in the game. Besides, there have been plenty of players throughout baseball history who have done the exact same thing when chasing a batting title.

And so, congratulations, Jose, on an awesome achievement and a spectacular season.

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Matthew Cerrone: I agree. As I said in the previous post, I don’t care how Reyes goes about winning the batting title. I am not a fan of debating these ‘integrity of the game’ arguments, because they are relative, they’re subjective and they all hit a dead end in the steroid era anyway. Instead, I’m disappointed I didn’t get to see Reyes play more, knowing full well this could be his last game on the team. Mostly, I feel bad for fans you paid good money to be there and see him play his last game. I expect him to want to give the fans more than that despite ALL he has given them over the last seven years. We love José and we love to see him play, and that is the point: we love to see him play! And I hate knowing his possible last game will be remembered this way… I hope his most loyal fans, like me, can be happy for him and the team, knowing he’s happy and satisfied by his accomplishment, and leave it at that.