Mets Great Jose Reyes Announces Retirement From MLB After 16 Seasons

After 16 seasons, shortstop Jose Reyes officially announced his retirement.

“After 16 great MLB seasons, I’m officially announcing my retirement from baseball,” Reyes said in a statement. “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. I want to thank God for all my blessings.”

Reyes left New York in 2012, then spent the next few years playing for a variety of teams before he returned to the Mets in 2016. One year after they went to the World Series.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon released a statement on behalf of ownership.

“Jose Reyes was without a doubt one of the most exciting players to ever wear a Mets uniform,” Wilpon said. “There wasn’t a better sight for our fans than Jose 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.”