NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A former New York Mets superstar rejoined his old team at Citi Field Tuesday.
CBS2’s Otis Livingston reported Jose Reyes was given a second chance by the team that gave him his first big league chance, but it’s not entirely a feel-good moment due to the alleged domestic violence incident with his wife in October.
Reyes was released by the Colorado Rockies after serving a 59-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
Reyes will make his debut Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins. He was able to get his old No. 7 back from catcher Travis d’Arnaud.
Reyes will start at third and bat leadoff.
Captain David Wright recently said, Reyes, “in my eyes, has done all he could to earn a second chance and I think this is a good place for it. This is home for him.”
A sentiment echoed by Reyes during his pre-game press conference Tuesday evening, but he knows not everyone will welcome him back with open arms because of the severity of domestic violence.
“I know there’s going to be some people who will hate me so I understand that, I put myself in that situation,” Reyes said. “I’m a human being — human beings make mistakes, nobody’s perfect. I served my suspension, I went to counseling, and I’m going to be open to continue to do that – be a better man, a better husband, a better daddy.”
Reyes played for the Mets from 2004-2011, before signing a six-year, $106 million contract with the Marlins. Reyes was traded to Toronto and then the Rockies.
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