Collins Doesn’t Get It

An article by posted on June 19, 2014 0 Comments

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Here’s what Mets manager Terry Collins said about infielder Wilmer Flores before the game against the Cardinals on Wednesday.

“We’ve got to start winning. We don’t have time to develop players right at the moment.”

It’s amazing that Collins would make such an admission even though most of us have always known he is clueless when it comes to player development and is the last person you want overseeing a rebuild.

“You can’t just say, Hey, look, I’m going to sacrifice three or four games as we try to get some of these young guys who haven’t been in the lineup going offensively.”

And yet with the Mets entering the series finale against the Cards at a season-worst nine games under .500, he has no qualms running Chris Young out there every chance he can.

Young, by the way, went 0-for-4 with two more strikeouts on Wednesday and is now batting .194 for the season.

Most of you all know I’ve blamed Collins from the very beginning for how he botched the major league integration of Travis d’Arnaud. It was hard for me to watch MLB’s top catching prospect being set up for failure by a manager intent on batting him 7th or 8th in the order game after game.

Honestly, I’m still stuck in the hospital and wasn’t able to watch any of the games in the Cards series, but I enjoy reading all of your comments in the game threads and I can sense your frustration too.

I also have a real problem with the front office knowing Collins’ stance on Flores and yet continuing to keep the 22-year old squandering on the bench rather than playing everyday in Las Vegas.

Could you imagine if it were a Brandon Nimmo or Dominic Smith getting treated like this when their time comes?

I hope that’s not part of “the plan” too.

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