Summary Of Terry Collins Press Conference

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Terry Collins held his first press conference on the Spring on Friday at Tradition Field. Nothing new really, just Terry being Terry. Here’a rundown of what he had to say…

  • Regarding incumbent shortstop Ruben Tejada, Collins said he has rededicated himself. “He’s ready to show people he’s the starting shortstop.” However, Collins insisted that he has competition for the starting job from veteran Omar Quintanilla and that he hasn’t been named starter yet.
  • As he has said previously, Collins stated that Wilmer Flores will get plenty of time at shortstop this Spring.
  • Collins said outfielder Chris Young could be an everyday player and also be someone along with Curtis Granderson that can replace Marlon Byrd‘s 2013 season.
  • If Lucas Duda and Ike Davis can hit the way he knows they can,”we’ll figure out a way to get their bats in the lineup.” Collins may need to be reminded that under current MLB rules, he cannot turn in a lineup card with 12 hitters on it.
  • If Juan Lagares doesn’t win a job as a starting outfielder, he is unsure if he’ll go to minors or stay on bench. It would be criminal if Lagares was to be squandered on the bench again as they did last season for two months when they promoted him and then gave him 20 or so sparse at-bats until becoming the everyday centerfielder.
  • He is leaning toward Jon Niese as his Opening Day starter and says Bartolo Colon is an old pro. “He knows how to prepare. He’s going to bring that to the table for our young players. They will turn to him.” However, Collins said he has no preference who starts opening day and will ultimately go with the best guy.
  • In the bullpen, Collins made it sound like Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth are near-locks to make the team, according to Anthony DiComo. Collins said Bobby Parnell is still his closer and that he threw off a mound today for the first time since having herniated disk surgery, “He tossed 10 pitches and looked great.”
  • “We think 2014 is going to be a good year for us,” Collins said. “We’ve got some guys that need to step up.”

Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal summed up Collins’ press conference the best. “It doesn’t matter all that much what a manager says on Feb. 14.”

True that.

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  • Alex68

    And still after hearing this guy, is there any doubt we’d be in the same position as we were years before? he’s nothing but a puppet run by SA and co, not only that, but he’s a terrible manager and favorites the “veterans” in favor of much better young players in order “not to lose” the clubhouse….
    F’ing pathetic…..
    76-86 here we come, and even then sandy lovers will scream yay, we improved 2 games !

  • AJF

    I cannot say enough how I cannot stand Collins way of managing the young players I will put money on Lagares becoming a bench player under his watch

  • mr1313

    Omar Quintanilla is competition for Tejada…here we go again. I use to be neutral on TC but this guy is the worst can’t believe he’s back. I love the “we will figure out a way to get their bats in the lineup”…Terry you couldn’t figure out your way to the mound.

  • SRT

    ‘Collins said outfielder Chris Young will be an everyday player and could be someone along with Granderson that can replace Marlon Byrd’s 2013 season.’

    I watched this TC conference as well and I thought TC said something along the lines of CY will certainly be in the mix for an every day player – not that he definitely will be.

    Got the impression from listening that Lagares is definitely the odd man out in the OF.

  • SRT

    Bench player? TC didn’t even rule out AAA to start the season, when asked about Lagares.

  • Charley’s Twin

    Terry sucks, like the vast majority of this organization

  • chago

    I can’t believe this guy is still the manager , that more than anything screams the FO doesn’t think we have a chance to compete or they would have brought in a real manager to help this team take the next step.

  • MLBGM Fire TC

    ugh

  • AJF

    They need back up Outfielders in the majors and Terry has no problem wasting young talent on the bench

  • Alberto Salebe

    Hi said that so Tejada will shake his butt

  • MLBGM Fire TC

    exactly

  • I wasn’t recording this and was writing as fast as I could as it was going on live. Is that what he said? I’m not very good at dictation. So if I was inaccurate I could change it.

    I agree on Lagares though and I see that so did many beat writers, which in essence would make Young an everyday player.

  • MyasDaddy

    My only grudge against Sandy is he still has this jackass running the team. I hate TC!

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    However, Collins insisted that he(Tejada) has competition for the starting job from veteran Omar Quintanilla and that he hasn’t been named starter yet.

    QUINTANILLA!?!

    So basically Tejada has been named the starter because Q sucks…

    Why is QUINTANILLA even an option smh

  • Alex68

    He is…. again, TC is a puppet of your lord sandy alderson.. do you expect otherwise? CY was told he was gonna play CF this year in order to sign with the mets, i guess it doesn’t matter Lagares is way better defensively, the whole young movement as we’ve seen was another farce of this FO

  • Hodges14

    I was just thinking.. .on how many major league teams would Omar Quintanilla be in a competition to be the starting SS?

  • IndianaMet

    What a joke. TC will figure out who needs to be starting around August 1.

    Lagares and Flores could have great springs but they won’t sniff any playing time. And for Valverde and Farnsworth to be near locks is ridiculous with Walters Black German Familia ready to go.

  • Hodges14

    Bingo… no reason to pay for a winner when you have no desire to win.

  • Alex68

    Only one grudge i see… Ok then….. 77-74-74 means we ok i guess!

  • Hodges14

    You can come up with others… just think about it a bit longer.

  • metsmaniac

    I swear if Quintanilla is in the lineup opening day I will throw a temper tantrum like a three year old girl

  • Do you prefer summaries like this?

    Or do you like having 8 different smaller posts like they do on MetsBlog from the same event?

  • SRT

    I’m no transcriber either but that’s the way I heard it.

    The more they asked about Lagares though, the more I got the impression the OF starters would likely be CY, EYJ and Granderson – although he didn’t specifically state it that way. Got that impression from the continued questions on Lagares, such as if he wasn’t the starting CF, would he be on the bench or in the minors. TC did say, if Lagares on the bench gave them the best option, that’s where he would be – as opposed to starting in AAA.

    So….reading between those lines somewhat I guess you could say right now in TC’s mind, Lagares is the odd man out going into ST right now.

  • MyasDaddy

    Alex, for the 100th time. Sandy has never been dealt a big hand. He is dealing with a mess in ownership. It is not his fault.

  • SRT

    My lord sandy alderson? LOL…O.K., Alex.

  • Hodges14

    This is good. Should generate hundreds of responses.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Exactly if anything he should be competing for a BENCH spot in Vegas(AAA)

    Q never hit over .243 in any year in his career and he is a terrible defender.

    Quintanilla 2013 stats(plus terrible defense):
    222Avg, .306Obp, .283Slg, .589Ops

  • SRT

    This is definitely preferable.

  • MyasDaddy

    You really think if Sandy had full autonomy like Omar had? You think things would be better? Because I do. Omar had the opportunity of playing with monopoly money. Sandy has been playing with a team that is borderline bankrupt.

  • Charley’s Twin

    thumbs up

  • SRT

    He did talk about Q being a ‘very good SS’, but he also said something about Anthony Seratelli as the back-up MI as well.

  • MyasDaddy

    I totally agree about TC.

  • Metsaholic

    So if I don’t buy tickets, it’s my fault?

  • AJF

    Yes and that means the Mets won’t spend any money next year ! Thanks alot!

  • Hodges14

    But when he came here Sandy was the guy who could win with no money. I’ve seen lots of “no money” but very little winning. I’ve seen lots of sarcastic comments and contradictions but very little success.

    I agree though that Omar had the best opportunity to succeed of any GM in Mets history. He just didn’t get it done.

  • SRT

    TC also said something along the lines of CF defense is very important and right now, they’ve got 3 guys who can play CF.

  • AJF

    Its all about the clicks for some! HAHA Keeps up the great work

  • Hodges14

    TC says lots of things. Last year when they were breaking camp he said Colin Cowgill had won the every day CF job… that lasted 2 games.

  • metsmaniac

    He should be fighting for a spot on the long island ducks

  • AJF

    Or Ruben

  • MyasDaddy

    I understand what you are saying. But, Sandy has never had a chance to legitimately add payroll with quality major leaguers. This year, this payroll still is as low as it has been since he has arrived.

  • Alex68

    It is not his fault.”

    But if things go well he’s a genius right?? GTFOH!

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    “TERRY-BLE COLLINS”

    It’s criminal that this guy is allowed to manage the Mets or any baseball team(little league included)…

    I wouldnt trust him to manage a beer ball league team either since we know he loves his sauce and we dont need this drunk maniac behind the wheels afterwards.
    http://i.cdn.turner.com/dr/teg/tsg/release/sites/default/files/assets/terrycollinsmgr.jpg

  • Hodges14

    Let’s hope that TC’s time with the Mets is over before August 1. He’s been here too long already.

  • MyasDaddy

    Considering the restraints he has had to work with, he might just be a miracle worker. He turned Beltran into Wheeler. He turned Dickey into Thor and d’Arnaud. Time will tell.

  • davetrain

    Does anyone have a similar transcript of this press conference from last year? I feel like it never, ever changes. Young players need to step up, etc. Remember when everyone was hyping Collin Cowgill?

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    I think Seratelli is destined for AAA like Hicks was last year, Its still depressing to think about…

    Flores is looking more and more like Ozzie Smith defensively in my mind now with what we have to offer

  • SRT

    No ML team that plans on competing.

  • Hodges14

    At this point since he chose to be the official mouthpiece for the Wilpons, the stink of this organization is all over Alderson. I realize he was brought here to do 2 things, gut the payroll and lie about it to the fan base. He has done both exceedingly well, but now he’s part of it. Can’t blame Omar for the Mets problems, he’s been gone way to long now.

  • SRT

    I’ll confess to never having heard of Seratelli. Just had to look up his stats.

  • Hodges14

    Thing is Alderson just stated yesterday that there were no restraints.

  • Wolfmicky21

    Much better this way. Each response does not deserve its own “article.” I don’t know the business of running a blog, but I imagine you get some benefit (re advertising?) for having more “articles”. Rule of thumb, do the opposite of MB – there is a reason (many in fact) why there was an exodus

  • But oh, what a first game for Cowgill. It was his 15 minutes of fame. 🙂

  • Hodges14

    It’s all lies, just substitute in the names of some new guys who should not be sniffing the majors.

  • Wolfmicky21

    But he hit a grand slam!

  • MyasDaddy

    He has to lie. He can’t tell the truth. He gets paid by a no-good, sleazy, piece of crap.

  • Alex68

    They’ve been saying the same sh** since they all arrived in late 2010…

  • Hodges14

    If you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas.

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Im going to cough up a lung the next time I hear a player is in “THE BEST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE”….Thats pure unadulterated B.S.

    I want to see Tejada with a bat or glove in his hands proving it…not a bottle of muscle milk or any other protein shake

  • MyasDaddy

    So what do you suggest he do? Quit?

  • Not4

    In fairness, when 1/3 of your total payroll is tied up in two players who didn’t help at all the past 1 1/2 seasons, that makes it difficult to do anything, small ball or not.

    Despite the polarizing views espoused here and elsewhere, the fact is that there are some things to like about the guy and some thing not to like.

    Big picture, I think we are in a MUCH better position now than when he inherited the team – in terms of payroll flexibility, young talent and the farm system.

    Never been a fan of Collins, but I view him as a placeholder until we get a real manager.

  • Thanks I just changed it to “could be.” I would rather not misrepresent what was actually said by him.

  • Alex68

    Yeah, remember that post YOU wrote about no high fiving and no dancing??? Remember that??

  • Hodges14

    The most frustrating part of all of this for me is that I’ve seen it all before. This is a replay of the 1978 – 1982 Mets. I can recall Joe Torre having a ridiculous press conference to tell us the 1980 Mets were ready to contend. I can remember Lorinda de Roulet telling us in the late 1970s about all the top notch talent in the farm system that was going to be at Shea soon. it’s the exact same script.

  • MyasDaddy

    My sentiments exactly.

  • Hodges14

    Hard for me to say when he took over a team that had Reyes and Wright just entering their prime. He should have been able to turn the team around faster having those 2 to begin with.

  • Thanks for all your feedback.

    As a blogger and reader I prefer all the news that comes from the same event in a concise summary like this. It’s easier for me too.

    I just wanted to be sure this was also our readers’ preference as well. Appreciate the replies.

  • Mike

    The Wilpons are smart. They know they can put garbage on the field and you fools would still go to games and buy no matter what.

  • Guest

    Tejada and Omar battling for SS…This HAS to be a joke? This entire organization is a laughing stock

  • Hodges14

    I don’t think he ever wanted to be here to begin with, but what I do say is that his reputation has rightfully taken a hit since he’s been here. He’s lied consistently for as you put it “a no-good, sleazy, piece of crap”. If you do that for money then the failures of the franchise also reflect on you.

  • MyasDaddy

    Are you employed? Do you lie to people about how great everything is where you work? I just don’t know what you expect him to do.

  • Guest

    take Duda, Ike, Tejada, Omar, TC, Sandy, Jeff and Fred and threw them off a damn cliff…bunch of losers

  • Guest

    That isn’t him! Stop trying to make him look like a bad guy. Bad Photoshop.

  • HobokenMetsFan

    Also think this is a great way to do it. Keep up the great work, folks.

  • gameball

    If you people are just going to whine, then I’m gonna go play with my dog.

  • burnindaylight

    Absolutely a summary.. There’s not anywhere near enough new information coming out of any Mets press conference to warrant a separate article any time soon! And besides, all of it needs to be taken with a grain of salt since half of it is probably a lie and the other half is subject to change before the next one.

  • and Tejada still isn’t in camp. No names like David Wright and TDA are there early, getting work in. Not our superstar SS though. He went to fat camp for a few weeks and he has some flab to put back on.

  • gameball

    The postings are great. The comments, on the other hand . . .

  • trevordunn

    LOL “Tejada has a lot to prove this year”…guy isn’t even in camp yet lol what a joke. he should have been at camp 2 WEEKS EARLY

  • I am amazed that the Mets keep letting Terry in front of the mic. I know it’s part of his job, but I usually just fringe my way through his pressers. I mean…if we were actually any good at all as a team…this guy would be comic gold for late night hosts and SNL.

  • Colon does bring a lot to the table. The dinner table. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  • trevordunn

    Turner is gone so TC’s new love affair is EY it seems…Get ready for 550 ABs of EY. I never seen a manager so insistent on getting a guy who had 1 HR and a .310 OBP into the lineup…Sandy knows he has a team full of clowns, so TC is the perfect manager

  • Bromancer

    Now hold on Joe, they do have that wonderful “The Least You Should Know” feature. In fact, I think they should just make that their new name. Though I still go back there to engage in some occasional, strategic, and satisfying fire-bombing, I’m digging this as my new home for all things Mets. It’s so much better here. Thank you, Joe.

  • I really don’t have an issue with giving him another shot at SS but is he this unaware of management and the public’s perception of him? If you are in your boss’ doghouse and barely clinging to your job and you could show up on a Saturday to get some work done but aren’t technically required to, would you stay at home? WTF is wrong with this kid?

  • Pike Miazza

    “Collins may need to be reminded that under current MLB rules, he cannot turn in a lineup card with 12 hitters on it.”
    Seligs last ruling before leaving stipulates that any MLB team located in Queens can field a “rover” w/o being penalized.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Here we go again. Yes, he brings a lot to the dinner table. He ALSO brings a lot to the mound. He really should start opening day. Wheeler, Niese, and Gee simply haven’t earned that role.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Maybe he is still at the “fitness camp”?

  • He left already.

  • Metsaholic

    I believe he left today along with Lagares.

  • Anthony

    Vince Lombardi disciple

  • Not4

    Don’t follow your logic Hodges. Sure Reyes and Wright were there and already in their prime. But last time I checked, it took more than 2 great players to win. (And BTW, the Mets had not won anything in the 4 years prior to Alderson taking over). Then Alderson inherited a team with a $142mm payroll and other than Wright and Reyes (and Beltran, whom he turned the last 2 months of into Wheeler), did not have the talent to compete. And, oh by the way, had an abysmal farm system.

    So I just do not see how you can fault Anderson for not being able to turn around the team faster. Unless you have a solid foundation and a solid farm system (like the Red Sox last year), turnarounds take time. Particularly when virtually every aspect of the team was broken. While I won’t call him a miracle worker, I am VERY happy with how the team’s future looks entering the 2014 season, particularly with how cruddy it looked just 3 years ago entering the 2011 season.

  • Hodges14

    There’s at least a 50% chance that Niese will be injured by opening day so Colon may still get the start.

  • Not4

    What you can blame Omar for (and the Wilpons as well) is for an extraordinarily weak farm system, which is a necessary backbone of any good, successful team. And, as you well know, it takes prospects years to develop. So there just is no basis for you to say that you cannot blame Omar for the problems the past few years, when the moves he made and his inattentiveness to the farm system, is one of the prime reasons for our being in this mess. Seriously, how can you argue otherwise?

    I’m sorry if it sounds harsh, but the lack of patience that these posts show is really astounding.

    And to be clear, I am NOT blaming only Omar. So many other things went into the Mets’ woes the past few years, including ownership and some of the blame also should fall on Alderson as well. But it is crazy to say that Omar does not carry any of the blame, when that is clearly not the case.

  • Hodges14

    If the goal was to rebuild (I really don’t think there was any goal other than to reduce the payroll so the Wilpons could hang on) then they could have traded Reyes and Wright and restocked the top end of the farm system with near major league ready studs. Those guys would be ready by now to be at Citi Field. Instead they let Reyes walk for nothing, then sign a 30 year old David Wright to an 8 year contract and put nothing around him.

  • Hodges14

    This is the 4th off season that Omar has not been here. He’s gone, you can blame him but he has nothing to do with it.

    The entire problem surrounding the Mets goes back to the owners getting caught with Madoff and losing the supply of money they needed to run the franchise.

  • Not4

    The owners carry a ton of the blame, but you are just fooling yourself if you think that Omar’s mishandling of the farm system is not a huge part of the problem.

  • Not4

    First of all, a complete gutting is not the only way to rebuild. Second of all, had Reyes not been injured just before the trade deadline, I am sure Alderson would have traded him. But once he got injured which had to significantly affect his value, there was very little to do with Reyes.

    Re-signing Wright is a move that, to me, is one of those that will either look good or crappy with the benefit of hindsight. Guess it also depends upon what we could have gotten for him. If the haul was good enough, I’d have preferred they traded him. But I can’t kill Alderson for taking the route he did.

  • It was just a joke but I’m glad I gave you a chance to get that out of your system. Whether it’s pizza night, cheeseburger night or bucket of wings night at the Colon household, I hope he wins for us.

  • goorru

    Collins said his biggest dilemma is how to get Turner some at bats. 😉

  • Bail4Nails

    Unless the Mets get Drew or trade, Flores should be the SS. After all the Tejada-defending people have done this offseason, once again this kid is nowhere to be found! Short of Flores tripping over his own feet, he deserves SS much more than the lazy slob we had last year. Instant upgrade in the lineup and the clubhouse.

  • Hodges14

    He didn’t need to wait until the trade deadline to trade Reyes. I don’t understand why people think that. As soon as Reyes had proven he was healthy he should have been put on the trade block. That’s how the Mets ended up with Mike Piazza in MAY of 1998. You don’t risk waiting for an injury to happen close to the trade deadline to ruin all of your plans.

  • Hodges14

    Omar was not a good GM but a lot of the players that are coming up now were from Omar’s tenure, including Harvey and Davis.

  • Chester 869

    If i see quintanilla on the 25 man roster i will already have lost hope. Tejada & flores should battle it out. I dont want to see quintanilla at all

  • Not4

    That assumes (1) that the Mets had decided to trade Reyes earlier in the season, which if memory serves, they still were debating whether to try to re-sign him or not and (2) that Alderson was getting sufficient interest to pull off that trade. Sure, with the benefit of hindsight, he should have pulled the trigger (assuming there was a reasonable deal to be made) earlier in the year or even the prior off-season, but we have no idea what was going on at that time. It is a fluid, organic process. And quite often it is not as easy as “they should have traded him”.

  • Not4

    I think Omar was in over his head as a GM, but agree that he was far from a zero sum game. There was a lot of good to go with the bad – like Harvey first and foremost. The Santana trade, even though it did not ultimately work out, was a very good move at the time. He did a decent, albeit inconsistent job, on scouting players. But he did a poor job with re-stocking the farm system on the whole. There just was not enough depth.

  • Bromancer

    Clear and concise, as usual, Charley.

  • Metsaholic

    Well…here we go again. 🙂

  • Wheresmookie?

    Mets just acquired Hernandez in a blockbluster trade. Going to the booth is Lucas Duds. And to back him up Ike Davis. News flash! Colon and Tejada spotted at a local Burger King., getting ready for the season.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    “If Lucas Duda and Ike Davis can hit the way he knows they can,”we’ll figure out a way to get their bats in the lineup.” ”

    Haven’t we heard this crap for the last 2 years? It’s either one or the other. If I see Duda in the OF again, I’ll scream.

  • $14435385

    I can’t think of a manager in recent memory who seems less qualified to lead a baseball team than this man. I know there’s a camp of people who say that managers don’t mean anything – that on-field talent wins championships. That’s an oversimplification. A manager can inspire or deflate players, can outwit or be outwitted by opponents, can unite or divide a team. Collins comes down on the negative side of every one of those traits.

    Honestly, I think replacing Collins with someone who understood how to use the talent he has, rather than trying to mold it to what he believes it should be, would make more of a difference in this team’s record than a significant FA signing.

  • Hodges14

    Well then their indecision cost them big time. Can’t view that as a good thing for the front office.

  • Hodges14

    I think Omar had a good plan. He was just horrible at executing it. He made bad choices to spend his budget on older guys who had a history of being injured.

  • chago

    You ever hear of the phrase :

    No Comment

    You don’t have to lie , saying the Wilpon’s are forcing him to lie is a cop out . Just like the Wilpon’s aren’t FORCING him to take his 5 million a year salary or the job of Mets GM for that matter .

    They offer he accepts and then decides along the way if lying is worth the money he is getting . Obviously 5 million buys a ton of lies at the Alderson homestead !

  • chago

    One thing Collins doesn’t need is any help screwing up he’ll get that done all by his lonesome .

  • chago

    Terry Collins Says :

    “Outfielder Chris Young could be an everyday player and also be someone along with Curtis Granderson that can replace Marlon Byrd‘s 2013 season.”

    Wonder what others are saying about the chance that C Young will revert back to 2010 form ?

    Baseball Prospectus’ humorous take on his hitting prowess (subscription required):

    “Hard cheeses have better shots against graters than Young does against right-handed pitchers, and it’s fair to wonder whether a player with less cachet would be labeled as an extra outfielder by now.”

    Here we are the broke big market team of MLB and we spend 7.5 mil on a platoon OF . Imagine another 2.5 mil and we could have plugged the hole at SS with Drew or 1st with Morales and TC would be able to justify a starting role for his new BF EYJr . He is a fickle old man just a few months ago they threw his love Turner out onto the street (and he didn’t say a thing about it , I wonder if Richie walked up and kicked him in the balls if he would say thank you before passing out) and here he is making googly eyes at EYJr the first day of ST .

  • LongTimeFan1

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets back to form and better considering how hard he worked this offseason on his swing including hiring Rod Carew to work with him to reduce K’s, get better plate approach, to hit for average not just power. While I agree the 7.5 mil is rather shocking, Chris Young is very, very good athlete and his work this offseason could pay huge dividends.

    As for EY, I totally agree with Collins – best leadoff candidate we have and should be starter.

  • Shawn

    It isn’t close. This site is just better. It is better from the knowledge of the writers to the knowledge of the commentators. I feel like I have really missed out by “reading” MB for the last several years. Keep up the good work!

  • Thanks Shawn, appreciate the kind words. LGM