Former Binghamton Met and 16-year major leaguer Jose Reyes will be among five inductees at the Binghamton Baseball Shrine Sept. 17 before the Rumble Ponies’ Eastern League game against Hartford.
Participants included former B-Met Josh Toll and three politicians – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York State Senator Fred Akshar and former Binghamton Mayor Richard David.
Reyes spent the first nine years of his 16-year major league career with the Mets, and 12 overall (2003-2011, ’16-’18). Four-time All-Star He hit the 2011 National League batting title hitting .337, finished first in the NL in steals from ’05-’07 and earned the 2006 Silver Slugger Award. Three times four times.
Signed by the Mets as a 16-year-old in 1999, Reyes played 65 games for the Binghamton Mets in 2002, hitting .287 with eight triples, 24 RBI and 27 stolen bases. He was named the Futures Game MVP that season.
Rays was suspended by Major League Baseball in 2016 after being charged with domestic violence. The Colorado Rockies waived him after the suspension, but the Mets signed him after he agreed to keep consulting.
Toll is best known for getting the first no-hitter in New York Mets history, thrown by Johan Santana on June 1, 2012. He was part of an eight-year major league career with the Mets from 2009-2012. The catcher played 103 games with the B-Mets in 2009, hitting .328/.395/.422 with 46 RBI. He played four seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays from 2013-2016.
Tole lives in Owego.
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The three politicians were primarily recognized for their role in negotiating a deal to help keep the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and affiliated baseball in the city. All three are on the ballot this November.
In the year In November 2021, the team announced the sale of the team to David Sobotka, as well as a 23-year lease agreement between the city and the soccer club and $3.1 million in public funds for improvements to Mirabito Stadium.
Since 2014, more than $10 million in public funding has been used for stadium improvements and maintenance.
Schumer has served as a U.S. senator since 1999, the senior senator from New York since 2000, and as the Democratic Senate Majority Leader since January 2021.
Akshar has served as a New York State Senator since 2015. A Republican, he is running for Broome County Sheriff and is running against Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kathleen Newcomb.
David Mayor of Binghamton from 2014 to 2021. He will challenge Leah Derr in the Nov. 8 election for the 52nd state Senate District seat.
In the year In 2017, former mayor Juanita Crabb was inducted into the sanctuary. Crabbe was instrumental in bringing professional baseball back to Binghamton.
As part of a Sept. 17 ceremony, the Binghamton Baseball Shrine Committee will remember 2011 inductee and shrine committee member John W. Fox. An editor and columnist for the Press and Sun Bulletin and its predecessors for decades, Foxx In 1993, he was a member of the temple committee. He died in June at the age of 96.