The production Jose Reyes displayed during his MVP-caliber half-season seemed never to be in doubt. But even last week, his status as an All-Star was.
But a late push hurtled Reyes into the top spot, putting the Mets' spark plug on his fourth All-Star squad, the most in team history for a shortstop, and his second as a starter. Carlos Beltran was selected as a reserve.
"We've been through a lot together," Reyes said. "A lot of injuries, a lot of ups and downs. And now we're both going to be in the All-Star Game together."
Reyes is day-to-day with a Grade I strain in his left hamstring that conceivably could keep him out of the game, though manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson sounded confident that Reyes will play -- at least for the Mets -- this week.
"Everybody wants to be there, wants to play," Reyes said. "But like I say, injury -- that's part of the game."
Reyes, who was elected to start the 2006 All-Star Game but was replaced because of injury, entered Sunday's games leading the majors with a .354 average, 124 hits, 43 multihit games and 15 triples and was second in stolen bases with 30. He also led the NL with 65 runs.
But in the weeks leading up to the final announcement, each time the All-Star leaders were released, the name at the top was Tulowitzki, who has five homers against the Mets this season, including homers in four straight games April 11-14.
Reyes eventually won by a healthy margin, receiving 4,707,976 votes to Tulowitzki's 3,932,000.
Beltran, hitting .280 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs, finished seventh among outfielders with 2,631,991 votes before being picked as a reserve.
It's his sixth All-Star team, and fifth as a member of the Mets. He missed the 2009 game with a right knee bone bruise but was 5-for-12 with a double, triple and three runs in four previous appearances.
"I told him today how proud I was of the way he's gone about everything with this ballclub," Collins said. "From the first day he showed up in spring training, he's been one of the most professional people I've ever been around. I'm so happy for him. For a guy we were hoping was going to play three days a week, the guy's on the All-Star team. That tells you the way he's approached it."