Darryl Strawberry: Career Counselor?

ICMYI Jose Reyes was suspended recently until May 31 for violating MLB’s domestic abuse policy. The ugly details of the “alleged” incident last Halloween involving Reyes and his wife (interestingly enough the same night the Mets hosted Game 4 of the World Series) are just a Google search away.

It was the latest in a steady downward spiral of his career path for Jose since he departed the Mets after the 2011 season. A path which has included two trades, several stints on the DL and a steep decline in both his slash lines and his WAR. He is likely on the move again, as the Rockies have a budding superstar at short and Reyes is owed a ton of money through next year. It is a sharp decline for the guy who less than a decade ago was one of the top five offensive players in team history.

And, there is another member of that somewhat diminutive club who predicted it.

Back in September of 2011, when Jose was trying to be the first Met to win an NL batting crown, Darryl Strawberry surfaced and warned Reyes to stay in New York. Darryl was uniquely qualified to give that advice has his nearly surefire hall of fame career went up in smoke (and probably his nose) after he departed Queens for his hometown of LA after the 1990 season. Instead of listening, Jose took a houseboat-sized load of cash from the new-look Miami Marlins, beginning an odyssey that has taken him from Miami to Toronto and now Denver and the suspended list.

Reyes was a mere sad shell of his former self during Colorado’s visit here last August. He has deteriorated since. It’s hard to say what might have happened if he stayed here, but as one of the more beloved figures in Met history, he might have at least been given some compassion and direction. Look at how the Mets have worked with David Wright as his injuries have curtailed his effectiveness and most likely, his career.

Reyes meant something to this town. Now, he is just another unwanted, over-the-hill mercenary with apparent behavioral issues. It’s just another precautionary tale about choosing money over a good situation, one that will no doubt be discounted by the next homegrown superstar in his walk year. **cough**cough**Matt Harvey.

And no, I am not advocating a trade back here.

A Mets fan since 1971, Dan spent many summer nights of his childhood watching the Mets on WOR Channel Nine, which his Allentown, PA cable company carried. Dan was present at Game 7 of the 1986 World Series and the Todd Pratt Walkoff Game in 1999. He is also the proud owner of two Shea Stadium seats. Professionally, Dan is a Marketing Manager in the Bulk Materials Handling industry. He lives in Bethlehem PA with his wife and son, neither of whom fully get his obsession with the Mets.
  1. TexasGusCC May 16, 2016 at 1:02 am
    Dan, haven’t been back for a year or so, but tonight wanted to check in. It’s putting it lightly to say I was surprised because the website has different material than what I was expecting…

    Reyes loved Toronto and Toronto loved him. There were banners outside the stadium with his picture and several promotions attributed to him. The trade from a contender to a last place team hurt him and I believe he lost his spirit and heart. Then, took it out on his family. He may not be a bad guy, but he was an emotional guy (maybe immature) that may have taken out his frustrations on his family. While we never heard of Reyes having an incident in the past, one never knows.

  2. VICTOR May 16, 2016 at 3:09 pm
    Dan — I should also add that, by all accounts, the Mets never offered Jose a contract after the 2011 season, so he couldn’t stay where he was not offered work.

    Nevertheless, a sad situation for a previously beloved Met.

    • VICTOR May 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm
      At least Murphy was given a qualifying offer … not that he should have accepted it.
      • Dan42 May 18, 2016 at 6:59 am
        I don’t think a QO was part of the deal back then, just class A & B free agents.