Mets captain David Wright calls out teammates’ “cowardly” comments about Terry Collins

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: David Wright
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: David Wright /

The captain is not happy that some of his teammates decided to rip Terry Collins anonymously in the press

After a great report from Newsday’s Marc Carig made its way online, everyone had an opinion about it. That original report not only showed the disdain between the Mets front office and the team’s manager, Terry Collins, but also how certain players were unhappy with his leadership style throughout the year. Unfortunately, those players and front office officials decided to remain anonymous. That has rubbed the Mets captain the wrong way.

Speaking with The Record on Friday night, Wright did not hold back. He called the comments from his fellow Mets players “cowardly.”

Wright has played for Collins for seven years, and recalled the fact that a lot of the current players have known him dating back to his minor league years.

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“I’m not here to sit and blindly defend every move that Terry has made over last seven years. We’ve all made mistakes and done things that we wish we could go back and do differently,” Wright said.

The captain defended Collins by saying players know they can go to him and talk about any issue if need be. Wright’s biggest gripe is obviously the fact that these quotes were said by players that wouldn’t want to put their names out there.

“For a player to not put his name on the quote and to bash Terry, who has a lot of success for taking us to the playoffs in back-to-back years, in my opinion, that is cowardly and lazy. The man sits 10 feet from you. Go walk in there and say your gripes. Terry has treated us like men and adults.”

While we can argue at length about Collins’ successes and where he ranks among the Mets all-time best or worst managers, there’s a certain level of respect that should be given to a guy that you know is on the way out. That’s what it sounds like really bothered Wright. If you have an issue with someone, talk to them, not the press about it.

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Collins is likely managing his final three games of his Mets tenure. It’s unfortunate this will be how it ends with a dark cloud of animosity hanging over his head.