Reyes' Mets career filled with highlights

Reyes' Mets career filled with highlights

Reyes' Mets career filled with highlights
DALLAS -- Jose Reyes plans to don a Miami jersey for the first time on Wednesday, when the Marlins officially introduce him as their new shortstop during a news conference at the Hilton Anatole. On the eve of that announcement, the following is a look back on Reyes' highlights during his nine years in New York:

June 10, 2003: A much-hyped prospect throughout his rapid Minor League ascent, Reyes made his debut in Texas in what was supposed to be a temporary taste of the big leagues. But with two hits in his first game and a grand slam five days later, Reyes retained the starting job even after regular starting shortstop Rey Sanchez returned from the disabled list.

Aug. 28, 2003: Several days before suffering a season-ending ankle injury, Reyes became the youngest player since 1900 to homer from both sides of the plate. Never a prolific home run hitter, Reyes did muster 81 of them during nine seasons with the Mets, including two on the penultimate day of the 2011 season.

April 13, 2005: After an injury-plagued 2004 campaign that saw him temporarily shift to second base to accommodate Kazuo Matsui, Reyes began 2005 on a tear. In addition to stringing together multiple hits in four of his first six games, Reyes singled home Victor Diaz in the 11th inning of a game against the Astros in what remains the lone walk-off hit of his career.

June 21, 2006: No one was more integral to the Mets' 2006 playoff run than Reyes, whose career year included a cycle at Shea Stadium against the Reds. Reyes finished the season with a .300 average, a career-high 19 home runs and 81 RBIs and 64 stolen bases.

Oct. 18, 2006: Reyes made his playoff debut -- and as it would turn out, his only postseason appearance -- for the Mets in 2006. Though he struggled somewhat at the plate that October, Reyes did lead off Game 6 of the National League Championship Series with a home run, helping the Mets beat Chris Carpenter and force a decisive Game 7 against the Cardinals.

Sept. 15, 2007: Fully established as a perennial All-Star (he made the cut four times as a Met), Reyes stole his 78th base of the season against the Phillies. That mark remains the highest single-season total of any Major League player since 1992.

Sept. 10, 2008: In just his fourth full season and sixth overall, Reyes swiped his 282nd career base, breaking Mookie Wilson's franchise record. Less than two months earlier, Reyes had also broken Wilson's record with his 63rd triple. He finished his Mets career with a franchise-best 370 steals, 99 triples, 735 runs scored and 385 multihit games.

June 28, 2011: The apex of Reyes' 2011 season may have come in Detroit, when he finished 4-for-4 with his 15th triple of the season. At the time, before hamstring issues began sidetracking him, Reyes was on pace to finish with more triples than anyone since the Dead-ball era. Though that pace ultimately slowed, his hitting did not. Which leads us to ...

Sept. 28, 2011: Controversial? Perhaps. Memorable? Most definitely. Entering the final day of his Mets career with a slim lead in the batting race, Reyes bunted for a single in his first at-bat and immediately gave way to a pinch-runner, all but sealing the first batting title in franchise history.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.