When the New York Mets hired Terry Collins back in 2011, I thought this was a great hire. He was the fiery manager this team needed after Jerry Manuel. He was the kind of guy that would hold players accountable and wasn’t afraid to make a move when players were struggling.
After this last weekend’s antics and his team’s pitiful performance in recent weeks, Collins maybe punching his ticket out of New York after this season.
After a very good start to the season, the Mets have just been awful in all aspects of the game. They can’t do anything right, and it looks like there is no hope in sight. This team just doesn’t have the talent to succeed and at first I thought Collins would get a pass and be back next season, but I just can’t see that happening anymore.
This all started last weekend with the antics of Jordany Valdespin. After hitting a meaningless home run in the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Valdespin showed up the Pirates by taking his time around the bases and as a result, got hit by a pitch in the next game.
Instead of scolding Valdespin, Collins did nothing but stick up for him. This wasn’t the right move in this situation. Valdespin actions could’ve caused other teams would go after the star player, David Wright, and hit him instead. Collins has to realize this and sit down and talk to Valdespin about his immature actions.
What really got under my skin though were his remarks the other day when he went on to say “I don’t answer to fans. They don’t play this game … They have no idea what goes on. They have no idea what goes on in there. They have absolutely no idea what it means to be a professional teammate at this level.”
This is just an ignorant statement from a manager that has never won anything at the MLB level. The fans were on his side up until this point. How can you root for a guy who doesn’t respect the fans and has a horrible track record with losing clubhouses?
The players are getting sick of him as well. You can see by their on field performance that they aren’t responding to anything he does anymore. They just don’t play with the fire that they have had in recent seasons under Collins’ tutelage.
This is a sign that it’s time for change, and that change is getting rid of Collins after seasons end.