Jose Reyes Pulled After Bunt Single in 1st Inning in Quest to Win Batting Crown. LOLMets

Jose Reyes entered the final day of the regular season with .336 batting average, which was narrowly better than Ryan Braun’s .335. Since no New York Met has ever won a batting crown – shocking, I know; I could have sworn Howard Johnson or Kevin Elster nabbed one in the 80s – this apparently is VERY important to the franchise.

(And it is probably crucial to Reyes, too, since he’s going to be a free agent this summer and a batting crown will probably be worth at least a chapter in that binder Scott Boras is going to prepare for the Mets, Red Sox and whoever else wants the shortstop. [UPDATE: Reyes was supposed to leave his agent, Peter Greenberg, for Boras this summer. It didn’t happen.)

Reyes led off the first inning today with a bunt single – raising his average to .337 – and then he was promptly yanked for a pinch runner. Even Keith Hernandez, a Mets announcer, thought it was weak.

Mike Vaccaro of the NY Post nailed it: “Ted Williams just rolled over. And again. And again. And again …” Williams famously went 6-for-8 in a doubleheader on the final day of the season in 1941 to push his average from .39955 to .406.

If Ryan Braun goes 3-for-4 tonight for the Brewers against Pittsburgh – the Pirates are starting someone named Jeff Locke – the National League batting title is his. Just a guess, but there will be much laughter and derision at the Mets if Braun passes Reyes.

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