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Mets have been losing, so Terry Collins makes strong statement to his team

By Michelle Ioannou
Sep 5, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins waits in the dugout at the beginning of a game with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 5, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins waits in the dugout at the beginning of a game with the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Mets lost again on Wednesday afternoon.

And not only did they lose to the Braves, they lost Yoenis Cespedes in the process as well due to a pulled hamstring. A trip to the disabled list is likely.  It hasn’t been pretty for the Mets, as we know and have all discussed and continue to talk about.

But, Terry Collins chose Wednesday afternoon’s loss to make a strong statement to his team. He spoke (ranted) to them before going out to talk to the press.

"“I told them, ‘We can do it again, but it’s got to start now. ”“OK, so the weather is gonna start changing. That can no longer be the excuse. It’s now time to go out and grind it out as we did last year…”“It’s still April, I understand that, but, we can no longer sit back and say, ‘It’s ugly weather, we’ve got some guys hurt.’ No one cares. [The Braves] don’t care, the Nationals don’t care, [fans and media] don’t care. The only thing that matters are the guys in [the clubhouse], because that’s the product. They’ve got to care. They’ve got to come out, play with some energy and get this going and I truly believe they can do it.”“So, I said, ‘Look, it’s just April, I get it, but it’s time. We’ve got a tough road trip ahead. … We’ve got to grind it out. We can do it, but we’ve got to start now.”"

Well, actually, we should have started on April 3 but alright I guess.

It is still early, yes. But that’s not an excuse or a reason to be playing poorly, just like continuously blaming it on the weather isn’t a reason.

Yes, the Mets are injury-plagued again so far this season. Yes, a lot of bats have been missing sporadically over the past three weeks. But, that’s no excuse for the other bats in the lineup to not be hitting.

Obviously it’s Collins’ job to get his team motivated and get them back on track. But his job is also to manage (duh) which many have been arguing he’s just not doing.

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Will this TC rant revitalize the Mets? Well, last August when the Mets fell to .500, Collins had another rant, and that one kind of worked. I mean, obviously I hope it works as this team needs to start winning again. But I think it’s going to take more than a rant to get them going.

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