The Talented Mr. Reyes


Cover illustration by by Roberto Parada

In this week’s Voice, sports writer Allen Barra takes on a potential legend in the making—Mets shortstop and 23-year-old phenom José Reyes. Barra writes:

Like Mickey in 1951, Reyes is reputed to be the fastest player in the game, and like Mantle, he is a switch-hitter, which conjures up all number of possibilities. . . .

Rickey Henderson—the greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history, the game’s all-time leader in runs scored and stolen bases, second only in walks to Barry Bonds, and collector of nearly 300 home runs—pays Reyes what, considering its source, might be the ultimate compliment: “He might end up being as good as me.”

Or as good as Alfonso Soriano.

Stealing Mickey’s Mantle
Podcast with Allen Barra

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