Jose Reyes announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Wednesday afternoon. It’s a pretty safe bet that not one Colorado Rockies fan shed a tear about his departure.
On Wednesday, Jose Reyes posted his retirement announcement on Twitter and thanked fans of the New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, and Miami Marlins for their support in that announcement. Those are three of the four teams he represented during his 16-year MLB career. The other was the Colorado Rockies.
It makes perfect sense why Reyes wouldn’t tip his cap to the Rockies in his goodbye message. After all, it was obvious after being dealt to Colorado in the 2015 deal that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto that Reyes wasn’t going to enjoy his time with the Rockies. Sent from a team that was contending (at the time) in Toronto to one that was out of the playoff race, Reyes made his displeasure with the trade and his destination well known.
Reyes played just 47 games with the Rockies before an incident in Hawaii involving his wife grabbed headlines. He was suspended through May 31 of the 2016 season and, in June, the Rockies released him, eating a chunk of salary in the process.
To put it lightly, the short connection between Reyes and the Rockies was tenuous at best. Colorado was eager to jettison him and it was clear in the post from Reyes on Wednesday that there is still no love lost between him and the franchise.
The only bit of silver lining out of the whole situation was that, with Reyes suspended, Trevor Story was given a chance to win the job at shortstop in 2016’s spring training. Of course, Story would hit a pair of homers in his MLB debut to immediately grab the hearts of Rockies fans and has evolved into one of the premier shortstops in the game today.
Wednesday closed yet another chapter in the much-discussed Tulowitzki trade. Of all of the pieces who moved on that July day, perhaps the biggest thorn in Colorado’s side is out of the league and now even further outside the minds of Rockies fans. It’s just a shame Colorado fans won’t be able to boo him any longer.