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Jose Reyes was the Mets top vote-getter for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award

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Correction: An earlier version of this story said that the Mets “nominated” Jose Reyes for the Marvin Miller Award. That was not accurate. What the MLBPA announcement today reflected was that, among league-wide voting — not just Mets voting, but voting among all MLB players — Reyes received the most votes out of any New York Mets player. While it is still perplexing that anyone would consider Reyes worthy of being honored for his “inspirational” qualities and “contribution to his community” given his track record, it is different to say that he received more votes than any of his teammates than it is to say that he was “nominated” by the Mets. 

The Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award is given out each year to the player who “inspires others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.” Players are voted on for the award by their fellow major leaguers. Finalists and a winner will be announced later in the year.

There are several of these sorts of awards this time of year and they tend not to get too much notice, but this year one of the Marvin Miller vote-getters should get more notice than usual: it’s Jose Reyes, who was the top vote-getter among Mets players.

Yes, the same Jose Reyes who was arrested and subsequently suspended for allegedly shoving his wife into a sliding glass door after grabbing her around the throat. The police report of the incident, which took place in Hawaii, said that the assault resulted in injuries. Prosecutors ultimately moved dismiss the domestic abuse charges because his wife refused to cooperate as a witness. Major League Baseball ended up suspending him for the first 51 games of the 2016 season.

In other news, Reyes was sued for unpaid child support in 2017. The plaintiff was a woman with whom Reyes had an affair approximately a year after he was married.

That’s worthy of man of the Year votes, huh? Inspires others to higher level of achievement? Contributes to his community?

OK.

Phillies-Mets could get contentious tonight

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As the Mets were wrapping up a 9-0 shellacking of the Phillies on Tuesday night, reliever Jacob Rhame threw a pitch up and in to first baseman Rhys Hoskins with two outs in the ninth inning. The pitch sailed behind Hoskins’ back. The slugger wasn’t happy about the scare, understandably. Players began to trickle out of their respective dugouts, but a fracas was avoided.

Hoskins was skeptical that Rhame simply missed his spot. Per MLB.com’s Thomas Harrigan, Hoskins said, “He didn’t miss up and in the rest of the inning, so I’ll let you decide. I would assume teams are pitching me in because that’s where they think they can get me out, and that’s fine. That’s part of the game. Again, I think most guys are capable of pitching inside and not missing that bad.”

Teammate Bryce Harper said, “I don’t get it. I understand that two of their guys got hit yesterday. But, I mean, if it’s baseball and you’re going to drill somebody, at least hit him in the [butt]. Not in the head. You throw 98, it’s scary now. You could kill somebody. Lose your eyesight. That’s bigger than the game.”

Indeed, two Mets were hit by pitches on Monday night. José Álvarez hit Jeff McNeil in the seventh inning, which advanced a base runner. In the very next at-bat, Juan Nicasio hit Pete Alonso with a first-pitch fastball. It was obvious neither was intentional as the Phillies were only down two runs and hitting both batters advanced base runners and led to runs scoring. It is less obvious that Rhame’s pitch to Hoskins was unintentional, but he showed empathy in his post-game comments. Rhame said, “When you accidentally sail one, it’s probably pretty scary. I’d get [angry], too.”

Will Wednesday night’s series finale be contentious? Despite being “fairly upset,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said, “We do not retaliate, and we do not throw at anybody intentionally,” Jake Seiner of the Associated Press reports.

Mets manager Mickey Calloway didn’t give as straight an answer. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, Calloway said, “I think at this point, you just go out there and beat people, and win. … For now, I don’t feel like anything has been intentional at us that has warranted anything from our side.” If that changes, however, Calloway said, “They’re going to have each other’s backs.”

Hopefully, neither side decides to take justice into their own hands. But, welcome to the NL East in 2019. The Mets lead the Phillies by one game, and the Braves and Nationals by 1.5 games. It’s going to be a knock-down, drag-out division fight all year long.