Vote Reyes

I’m not usually one to get all worked up about the All-Star Game, but these are the current totals for NL shortstop:

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 1,409,806
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies: 785,703
Jose Reyes, Mets: 774,629
Alex Gonzalez, Braves: 546,184
Stephen Drew, D-backs: 444,898

I mean . . . come on, everyone. Jose Reyes has a better batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, more hits, more doubles, more triples, more runs scored, and more stolen bases than Tulowitzki and Rollins. Reyes’ batting average (.337) is higher than Troy Tulowitzki’s on-base percentage (.332), and Tulowitzki A) plays his home games in Coors Field and B) got to face the Mets’ pitching staff seven times already this season, hitting .444/.516/1.037 with 5 home runs. Rollins also plays in a hitter’s park and has faced the Mets’ pitching staff nine times this season, hitting .306/.409/.333 against the Mets. So now just imagine what Reyes’ already ridiculous numbers would be if he played in a hitter’s park and got to face the Mets’ pitchers.

Jose Reyes is about neck and neck with Joey Votto as the best-non-Jose-Bautista position player in baseball this season. He leads the league in triples and hits, and he’s in the top five in batting, doubles, runs, and steals. He’s sixth in OPS+ and he only has one home run. And, oh yeah, he plays shortstop, one of the most demanding defensive positions on the field. And he’s third in the voting? Third? Come on, world. You can do better. Vote Reyes here.

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