While speaking before the game, Collins said the following:
He has been an everyday player. He got into a little bit of a funk. You know, it’s not like I sat him for seven days. I sat him for two days, for cripes sake. We get a little carried away here. Somebody gets a day off and it’s like the sky is falling in. It’s not. He’s the center fielder.
In my opinion, this is what the market is here. If I give Grandy a day off, he’s ‘benched.’ If I give C.Y. a day off, he’s ‘benched.’ If I give Juan a day off, he’s ‘benched.’ That’s not really the case. I know you’ve got to sell newspapers, so do what you’ve got to say. But when I come in here every day and figure out who has got to be in the lineup, somebody can’t play. And today somebody is not going to play (Chris Young). I don’t get too bent out of shape about it, because I know in the long run, after the next 120 games, they’re all going to [have] play[ed].
There are numerous things wrong with Collins’ statement.
First of all, the fact that he’s getting both aggravated and defensive about the Lagares questions speaks volumes.
Aside from that, Collins said that he sat Lagares “two days” when it was four out of five, and then went on to blame the New York “market” for having caused the outrage.
In reality, the outrage (which was justified) first came from Mets fans on Twitter. The team’s beat writers then began prodding Collins more about his reasoning for benching Lagares.
What caused the outrage, was the fact that Collins benched his best overall player four out of five games. To make it worse, he made absolutely no sense when he defended the move, and is now acting in a belligerent way when the topic is brought up.
After Collins wrapped up his pregame talk with reporters, he said the following:
Anything else? Any Juan Lagares questions I can answer?
There’s just no need for that.
Collins made a mistake. He won’t admit it, and that’s fine.
However, he’s handling the fallout in a ridiculous way.