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Cody Decker used Team Israel’s “Mensch on a Bench” to get into the carpool lane


Team Israel needed only two games to advance to the next round in the World Baseball Classic. The players will tell you that the feat is in no small part due to its mascot, the “Mensch on a Bench.”

Israel’s DH, Cody Decker, likened the Mensch to “Jobu,” the voodoo idol of slugger Pedro Cerrano in the movie Major League.

Not only does the Mensch help Team Israel win ballgames, but it also helps the players get into the carpool lane.

Sounds like the Phillie Phanatic has some competition for the title of “best mascot.”

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.