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It was Jose Reyes’ decision to take himself out

Cincinnati Reds v New York Mets

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets lays down a first inning bunt single in his only at bat against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on September 28, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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There was a lot of chatter during the Mets-Reds game wondering if Jose Reyes’ early, batting title-preserving exit from the game was Jose Reyes taking himself out or if it was a team thing. Or some mixture of the two, perhaps with Terry Collins doing Reyes a solid or something like that.

Seems it was the former: Terry Collins said right after the game was over that it was Reyes’ decision to take himself out and that he felt the need to honor Reyes’ wishes. I didn’t hear his exact words, but here’s how Adam Rubin of ESPN New York tweeted it:

Terry Collins said he earned players’ respect this year and didn’t want to disregard Jose’s wishes and lose any respect in clubhouse.

Odd way to put it, but Twitter isn’t the best medium for conveying nuance. I think I grok the meaning, though: what possible point is there in fighting Reyes on the matter in the middle of game 162?

Either way, it sorta has me rooting for Ryan Braun to get a lot of hits tonight.