VIDEO: Jose Reyes ripped the cover off a baseball

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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.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.