May 17, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins runs off the field during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Collins becoming belligerent over the Juan Lagares questioning


A day after returning Juan Lagares to the starting lineup, Mets manager Terry Collins became agitated when reporters asked him what Lagares had to do in order to remain in the lineup.

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.

 

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  • http://www.vitamincm.com VitaminCM

    What’s so hard about saying, “I thought this guy would be a better choice that day, I guess I was wrong”?
    Or, “I was playing a hunch and it didn’t work out”.
    Most people would respect that and move on.

  • Ken Meoni

    EY Jr. is in a funk and he continues to play. No reset needed there.

  • http://onthetopstep.com/ Bob Hudgins

    Good story, Danny. I don’t think Collins is long for New York the way he’s handling matters such as this one.

  • jayc21

    time was up on this fool of a manager a long time ago. Why is Tejada the SS again?????

  • corey

    some serious revisionist history by TC. All of a sudden “he’s been an everyday player” when terry has discussed a 4 man OF rotation and sharing his playing time pretty much since spring training. And when he was asked about it last week he didn’t say he was sitting Juan for developmental reasons, he said “i’m more worried about offense than defense right now” or something to that effect, which is stupid on so many levels. He also claimed he’d have to pinch hit for Lagares at times, so how is that an everyday player? Clearly he doesn’t think much of him offensively, despite the fact that he’s been their best offensive player besides murph all season, and he started feeling the heat over his dumb decision so he went with the classic “it’s the market” excuse

  • Eric Ohlson

    There is a disfunctionality that seems to have set in with the organization
    that is disconcerting. A GM who continues to make stopgap moves, a manager and staff who are indecisive and unable to coach up their everyday players to levels of consistancy and a farm system that still hasn ‘t given us one everyday player since Sandy took over.