Ozzie Guillen wishes Jerry Reinsdorf a happy birthday

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It was White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s birthday yesterday. Ozzie Guillen got all sentimental:

“As soon as he dies, I’ll get the [bleep] out.”

Seriously, though, Ozzie has much love for Reinsdorf:

“I think I love Jerry, and he knows it, he’s like a father to
everyone here. He’s not just my boss. I think the reason I have a great life and the
reason why I really take care of all my family is because of him. He
means a lot to us. I thank God for my dad but I think my real dad is
Jerry. He spent the most money (on) me. My dad gave me a couple dollars
– Jerry’s made me rich.”

Feel the love.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.