On the field of the New York Mets, there are ghosts that are roaming around. They are appearing in the clubhouse, in the dugout, and the scariest thing is that they are appearing on the field in New York Mets uniforms. They are the ghosts of players we used to admire, players who use to be a joy to watch. They are Jose Reyes and Matt Harvey. At their peaks, Harvey and Reyes were main attractions on Mets teams that didn’t have much to offer their fan bases. Their top performances came in times when the fans had nothing else to look forward to in the team. Now, when either Reyes or Harvey takes the field for the team, you can hear the groans coming all the way from the Hamptons.
Back in 2011, when the Philadelphia Phillies won 102 games, the Mets fans still had one chase that mattered to them. Jose Reyes was racing against Ryan Braun for the National League batting crown, while also increasing the value of the contract he would inevitably receive in the off season. Reyes was always a fan favorite, and with his chase for the batting title, his lore was growing even more. With this, we began to see the rise of resistance to the idea of wanting to trade Jose. There were offers on the table for Reyes, but the Mets ended up retaining their lightning rod shortstop. He ended up winning the batting title, becoming the first Met to do so. He then jumped ship to Miami, where we all watched his career take a turn for the worse.
With Reyes gone, space was opened up for a new player to grab the attention of Mets fans. Harvey made his rookie debut that season, and the fans fell in love. Eventually, his dominant persona took over the New York area, and the Dark Knight earned the start at the 2013 All-Star game. Shortly following that start however, Harvey tore his UCL, requiring him to have Tommy John surgery. He had a brief resurgence in the 2015 season, but since then, has not done anything resembling success on the mound for the Mets.
After bouncing around the league, Reyes found himself back on the Mets in July of 2016. He has not been the same Reyes that he once was. Flash forward to 2018, and now the Mets are giving their fans a lot to look forward to. They have exciting players like Brandon Nimmo and Noah Syndergaard that entertain the fans, and more importantly, they win ball games. Harvey and Reyes have both struggled so far this season.
It makes you wonder what these guys are to the team. To me, it just seems like they are shells of the players that they used to be. They both were two of the few Mets that saw success during a dark time in the history of the franchise. Maybe that is why the team is rewarding them by giving them chance after chance. They are not contributing to this team in any positive way, and they sound hostile in post-game interviews. They are two of the players that feel that they deserve a spot on this roster, and from what they have shown so far this season, that couldn’t be anymore false of a belief. A hitless Reyes and an 0-2 Harvey with a 6.00 ERA don’t belong on a team with such high aspirations.
Saying they should be gone and actually making it happen are of course two completely different things. The optimal route to shake these guys is via the trade. The problem with a trade possibility is finding someone that would want these guys. Players with atrocious stats have no market value, so finding a trade partner would be nearly impossible. Either way, midnight has struck for these two ball players, and they certainly have turned into pumpkins.