Why Jose Reyes Is Not On the DL


There’s only one logical reason that Jose Reyes is not yet on the disabled list. Revenues.

When he missed his first ballgame, on May 14th, it was understandable to go “day to day” with Reyes’ calf injury. When he aggravated it the next day, it still made some sense to wait a few days before considering the disabled list. After all, the Mets had already lost Carlos Delgado and were playing with a weakened lineup. To be without both Reyes and Delgado for two solid weeks, one of them during the team’s most difficult road trip of the season, would have been an emotional downer for the team.

But to continue with the “day to day” nonsense once you return to your home park? That reeks of a business decision.

In other words, you put Jose Reyes on the disabled list during a homestand, and you can say goodbye to several hundred (or several thousand?) fans walking into Citi Field wearing their Reyes jerseys. The Mets are having enough trouble drawing in people to watch them play weekday games against the Nationals. If you don’t DL him, fans still can hold onto the hope that Reyes will make an appearance.

Of course, that’s just my insane conspiracy theory, and you have to buy into the idea that Jose Reyes by himself puts fannies in the seats. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the team will make a decision regarding the DL at the end of the week.

Now, if my theory holds any water, then the Mets might consider DL’ing Reyes (or Ryan Church) immediately and replacing him on the roster with Fernando Martinez — a player many thousands of Mets fans are anxious to see.

Most likely, all this is hogwash. But I can’t think of another logical reason to shorthand Jerry Manuel so badly for so long a period of time.


Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. gary s May 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    with this bunch of idiots in charge ( a new ballpark dedicated to the brooklyn dodgers, not the ny mets history!!) anything stupid is possible..they have singlehandedly destroyed ryan church’s career, thought dan murphy was the next mattingly.why not mess around with reyes’s injury for more revenue??
  2. wlaadair May 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm
    I do agree that Reyes is a crowd drawer, but if you are following the team, you know that there’s a good chance he wont be playing. Thats how the teams benefit from season ticket holders, the investment is already there no matter who plays.
  3. mic May 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    By that same theory if Ruben Tejada were given that two week look …(really a 4 day cup of tea if you retroactive the DL)…hype would abound in metropolitan NY.
  4. joe May 26, 2009 at 6:44 pm
    wlaadair – season ticketholders have paid for their ticket already, but that doesn’t mean they’ll show up to the game and spend money on food, beverages, the Mets store, etc., etc. The Mets built Citi Field for the express purpose of making a ton more money after selling the ticket.

    But yes I agree anyone who is following the team knows Reyes is out. But at the same time not everyone is as hardcore as we are.

    Heck, there’s a rumor that some Mets fans have NEVER heard of MetsToday.com !

  5. isuzudude May 27, 2009 at 9:31 am
    Mic: I guarentee if you were to poll 100 Met fans, 80 would tell you they’ve never heard of Ruben Tejada. How excited can people get over a player hitting .255 with just 8 extra base hits in 137 ABs for double-A Binghamton?
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