NEXT RUNNER-UP: JOSE REYES
In November with the finale of the five-game series between the
MLB All-Stars and their Japanese counterparts tied at three in the
bottom of the 10th, Jose Reyes dug in at the plate. Suddenly, the
Fikuoka Dome sounded like Shea Stadium, with the melodious chant
of Jo-se, Jo-se sing-songing its way through the stands. reyes didnt
disapoint: He belted reliever Hisashi Ogura's fastball over the
right field wall for a "sayonara" home run, giving the
MLB side its first sweep of japan in 72 years. Still, Reyes claims,
"I'm not a power hitter, My game is my legs."
"Jose is a lot more than just the explosive speed
that people see" says former Mets third base coach Manny Acta,
now manager of the nationals. "He's got great hands, great footwork,
and he's not afraid to get up there and hit.
The Mets know Reyes is their future. thats why GM Omar Minaya protected the club's $23.25 million investment by prohibiting Reyes from playing winter ball with Gigante del Cibao in his native Dominican Republic. The high-energy leadoff man needs to remain healthy so that the Mets, who dropped a heart breaking Game 7 to the cardinals in last seasons NLCS, wont habve to hear a repeat of Redbird nation's derisive chant: No-way, No-way.