After Jerry Crasnick’s ESPN report about the Mets training programs and how they handle injuries, Sandy Alderson was conspicuously absent for the Albertson’s Henry Viscardi School’s annual fundraiser, Terry Collins was left to defend the Mets organization.
At the event, Laura Albanese of Newsday addressed Crasnick’s report and other issues facing the Mets manager.
In a strong rebuke of Crasnick’s article, Collins would say, ““I didn’t see [the article]. And I don’t — first of all, I don’t believe it. I’m in every meeting. There’s no breakdown in communication. Like I said, the minute you can tell me what kind of condition you can keep blood clots from forming, or, you know, take away bone spurs, and the like, you can make a lot of money . . . There’s no guarantees that you’re not going to get hurt in this game.”
That does not mean the Mets are unaware of the fact the team has injury issues and needs a way to address them. Specifically, Collins said, “If you could pinpoint it to where they were all leg injuries and they were back injuries or something you can pinpoint and say, hey look, we’ve got to change this type of training or this type of training.”
Even with Collins standing behind the organization and how they handle everything related to player health, the manager, who has spent over years in professional baseball, was in disbelief to the nature and extent of these injuries. Overall, Collins said, “But you’ve got things I’ve never even heard of before. You’ve got broken hands, you’ve got ligaments in the thumb, you’ve got guys with bad backs, guys with bad hamstrings. You’ve got, all of a sudden, blood clots. I’ve never seen all these on one team.”
It’s amazing that all of that has happened in the first month and a half of the season. It has led to the team losing its best player (Yoenis Cespedes), its ace (Noah Syndergaard), and its closer (Jeurys Familia). This doesn’t even include the injuries to starters Seth Lugo and Steven Matz, and Asdrubal Cabrera playing hurt most of the season.
Perhaps, this is why the Mets do not have Collins on the hot seat. As Albanese explained in her article, Collins was “terse” when addressing the matter. Overall, Collins would say he’s not worried about his job status. Furthermore, Collins is not focusing on the records he has set, and he’s about to set.
The only thing Collins would offer on him soon to becoming the Mets all-time leader in games managed was, “You’ve got to be lucky. You’ve got good players, you’ve got good front office to support you. I’ve been very, very lucky here. I’ve had a good time but for me, it’s another day.”
While Collins has been lucky at times in his Mets managerial career, there is no doubt he needs some more good luck now. He needs good luck in terms of his players healing faster than expected. His team could use some good luck and some good breaks on the field. Mostly, everyone needs some luck that the Mets will still be in it when the team is ready to make a run.