I asked the Jose Reyes question of Omar Minaya, who two-stepped around that, also.
Minaya is content to call it a slump. Never mind Reyes’ funk began when Willie Randolph pulled him from a game shortly before the All-Star break and several days later Rickey Henderson was hired.
About Reyes’ fielding lapses, Minaya said: “Young players let their offense affect their fielding.” Odd comment, since Reyes’ defense wasn’t really a problem until late.
Maybe Reyes’ defense bothered him as to where he didn’t run out ground balls.
Minaya also downplayed the “showboating” issue the Marlins said fueled them.
This issue isn’t going away.