Shortstop José Reyes announces retirement from baseball

José Reyes announces retirement
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Former Mets shortstop José Reyes has announced on social media his retirement from Major League Baseball. He wrote:

After 16 great MLB seasons, I’m officially announcing my retirement from baseball.

As a young boy growing up in the Dominican Republic, I could have never dreamed of achieving all that I have through this incredible game. I want to thank God for all my blessings.

No man can achieve success alone and with that in mind I have many that I would like to thank starting with my mom and dad. They’ve been there for me for all the ups and downs, the good and the bad and I will always consider myself blessed for their support and love.

I want to thank the New York Mets for giving me the opportunity to become a professional baseball player and for bringing me back at the end of my playing career. I want to also thank the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays organizations as well as all my teammates through the years.

Mets fans, what can I say? We never got the ring we hoped we would get, but I can’t imagine playing in front of better fans in the whole world. Your passion and energy always lifted me higher and for that I will always be grateful. I want to thank the fans in Miami and Toronto too, as well as all my fans around the world.

I’d like to acknowledge my agents Peter and Ed Greenberg and my compadre Chris Leible for everything they have done for me over the past two decades. I also want to thank all of my friends old and new, you know who you are.

Last, but most important, I want to thank my wife Katherine, as well as my beautiful daughters. Katherine thank you for always standing beside me.

Reyes, 37, hadn’t played in the majors since 2018 as he wasn’t able to land a contract for the 2019 or ’20 seasons. The Mets wanted Reyes to retire in the middle of the 2018 season during which he hit .189/.260/.320. Reyes, however, was still highly motivated to continue playing.

Reyes played 16 seasons in the majors from 2003-18 mostly with the Mets but also had stops with the Marlins, Blue Jays, and Rockies. For his career, he hit .283/.334/.427 with 387 doubles, 131 triples, 145 home runs, 719 RBI, 1,180 runs scored, and 517 stolen bases. He is the Mets’ all-time leader in triples (113) and stolen bases (408). Reyes is 33rd on the all-time steals leaderboard and one of just 39 players in MLB history with 500-plus stolen bases. He was also a four-time All-Star, won a Silver Slugger Award, and won the NL batting title in 2011.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.