Reyes takes pride in playing every game

Reyes takes pride in playing every game

Reyes takes pride in playing every game
NEW YORK -- The final games may not mean much for the standings, but Jose Reyes is intent on going out there for each and every one of them.

The Marlins' shortstop is on pace to play 160 games for the first time since 2007. He didn't play in more than 133 contests in the last three seasons -- all with the Mets -- because of nagging injuries, which he said he's been pleased to have avoided this season in Miami.

"That's something that I love," Reyes said. "I love to be in the lineup every single day. If I'm able to play at 75-80 percent, I wanna be there. I want to help the team in any way I can. The last four years have been tougher for me, not being able to play in the field. A lot of people had questions about why I couldn't play every day, but I'm just happy to be out there every day with my teammates."

Things certainly haven't gone as planned for Reyes, who opted to sign with the Marlins this winter after spending his first nine big league seasons with the Mets. Expectations were high in Miami this season, but the Marlins now sit in last place.

Still, the four-time All-Star takes pride in taking the field every game -- regardless of where his team sits in the standings.

"I'm here to play baseball," Reyes said. "I know when we got to Spring Training, we didn't expect to be in the situation we're in now. We expected to be in contention. That hasn't happened. That's how baseball is. But no matter how disappointing the season is for us, I still have to go out and give it everything I have."