NEW YORK — Jose Reyes, a former National League batting champion and the New York Mets' all-time leader in triples and stolen bases, announced his retirement from baseball Wednesday.
“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,” Reyes wrote on Twitter. “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.
The Mets, in a statement from COO Jeff Wilpon, congratulated Reyes on his retirement.
“José Reyes was without a doubt one of the most exciting players to ever wear a Mets uniform,” said Wilpon. "There wasn't a better sight for our fans than José pulling into third with a stand up triple. He came to us as a teenager and on the day of his retirement, we're certain Mets fans along with his entire Mets family wish him nothing but the best.”
Reyes made his major league debut in 2003 on the day before his 20th birthday. He became the Mets' everyday shortstop in 2005 and was until he left the club after the 2011 season.
With the Mets, Reyes was a four-time NL All-Star and was part of the team that went to Game 7 of the National League Championship Series in 2006. With his .337 average in 2011, Reyes became the first Met to win a batting title.
He left the Mets to sign a 6-year, $106 million contract with the Miami Marlins, where he only lasted a season before a trade to Toronto.
He spent a few seasons with Toronto before being traded to Colorado in 2015. After the 2015 season, Reyes was arrested and charged with domestic violence stemming from an incident with his wife while on vacation in Hawaii. The case was dropped when Reyes' wife refused to cooperate, though Reyes was suspended for the 51 games of the 2016 MLB season.
Reyes then returned to the Mets in July of that year, playing more than 300 games for the club before electing free agency at the end of 2018. He has not played in the major leagues since.