Mets Through the Years: The All-Star(s), 2011
July 12th, 2012 by slangon

By the time the 2011 season came around, things had been pretty dismal in Mets land for a while. There were a few bright spots on the horizon though. Sandy Aldreson and crew had brought in a new philosophy and Terry Collins seemed to be able to translate that philosophy into the clubhouse pretty well. He also had the team over .500 entering the break (even though it was only 1 game over). There were also a couple of young guys filtering up from the farm system that started to give Mets fans a glimmer of hope. They sent 2 well-loved (at least by this Mets fan) players to the All-Star game who would both ultimately be gone by the off season.

Beltran was heading to his 6th All-Star Game, his 5th as a member of the Mets. It would also be his last wearing blue and orange as he was traded to the Giants shortly after the break. He started the game as the designated hitter and went 1 for 2 in that role. He scored on a Prince Fielder home run that ultimately won the game for the N.L.

Reyes bounced back with a phenomenal year in 2011. Of course we all know how that ended. He ended up winning the first batting title in Mets history following a controversial last game of the year in which he pulled himself in the first inning. After that, he was off to Miami and a huge pay day. He did not play in the ASG as he developed a balky hamstring just prior to the game that sidelined him for a few weeks.

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