Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez showed us how to skin a baseball. MythBusters later proved that such a feat was possible, albeit only if the ball were cranked a full 400 m.p.h. at the bat. In the last few years, as best as I can figure out, it’s only happened a handful of times: Chipper Jones ripped the cover off a baseball back in 2011, Martin Maldonado and Jose Abreu did it in 2014, Andrew McCutchen absolutely destroyed this pitch in 2015, and Wil Myers killed a foul tip in 2016.
Jose Reyes added his name to the list on Friday night during the first inning of the Mets-Nationals game. It wasn’t a legendary rip, but watch the ball go down spinning at the plate.
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Next time, hit it for a home run, Reyes.