Showing posts with label Terry Collins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Terry Collins. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Lutz to Japan, Rice demoted - Germen activated, Harvey will not pitch in Majors in 2014, Terry's Job Safe for Now

Mets News and Notes:

Lutz to Japan
Zach Lutz is headed to Japan to play for the Rakuten Eagles, according to

The 28-year-old third baseman was hitting .291 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 227 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas this season.

He appeared in 22 games for the Mets in 2012 and '13, producing a combined .226 average and two RBIs in 31 at-bats.

Rice demoted, Germen activated
Scott Rice, who had a banner rookie season last year after spending 14 seasons in the minors, is headed back to Triple-A.

Rice was demoted to Las Vegas after Tuesday's 6-2 win against the Milwaukee Brewers, leaving Josh Edgin and Dana Eveland as the left-handers in the bullpen.

Gonzalez Germen will be activated from the disabled list, where he had been since May 6 with a virus and abscess.

Rice was 1-2 with a 5.93 ERA in 32 relief appearances totaling 13 2/3 innings. That was perhaps a residual effect of last season's 73 appearances through Sept. 3, after which he required dual sports-hernia surgeries.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mets News: Terry Collins says he expects Murphy back Wednesday, Davis and Duda possible to follow

Mets News:

According to a report from Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Terry Collins expects Daniel Murphy to return to the Grapefruit League lineup on Wednesday, when the Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals at Tradition Field.

Rubin also iterates that Collins believes Lucas Duda and Ike Davis could be serving as designated hitters on a minor-league field as soon as Thursday.

Murphy has been hampered with a shin injury, Duda has been bothered by a left hamstring injury and Davis has been troubled by a right calf injury that has had him walking around in a boot to stabilize his injury.

Collins told ESPN:

“They did stuff inside today, some movement drills -- both Duda and Ike,” “We’re hoping that they do it again tomorrow. And then we’re hoping on Thursday maybe at least get them into minor-league camp and DH them.”

Monday, September 30, 2013

Video: Terry Collins on his Contract Extension

Terry Collins discusses his two-year contract extension with the Mets, as the manager looks towards a winning season in 2014. Video courtesy of

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Mets News: Terry Collins getting a two year extension

Mets News:

According to ESPN, The New York Mets are nearing a two-year contract extension with manager Terry Collins that includes a team option for 2016.

The deal, which is not yet complete, should be announced as soon as Monday.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mets Fan Poll Results: Terry Collins the Man for Mets Manager

Mets Fan Poll Results:

We started a poll last month and the response was ok, out of the near 200 that voted. In the beginning of the poll, many ran with the Backman vote, with out of the organization running a close second. In the later stages of the poll, the Mets made inclinations about them going to bring back Terry and many Mets fans agreed to the news. Terry Collins has made believers out of the Mets Fans..

Right Now as it stands,

Terry Collins has 47% of the vote
Wally Backman is behind at a 38%
Out of the Organization is last at 14%
1% wanted Howard Stern, LOL

I am going to take down this poll because basically most likely Terry will be brought back for 2014 and beyond. An announcement is expected to take place after the season ends officially.

Where Wally Backman lands may not be with the Mets, because the Mets front office is not too happy with many of his off the field quotes and antics.

Monday, September 02, 2013

Mets Fan Poll Results: The Power has shifted, Mets Fans want Collins back!

Mets Fan Poll Results: The Power has shifted, Mets Fans want Collins back!

I posted last night that the results became consistent with Mets Fans wanting Wally Backman to be the next manager of the New York Mets. The results were Backman (48%) and Collins (40%).

Today is a different story, since the Mets have released some info that  Terry Collins might be resigned at least for one more year, Mets Fans have sighed with Collins..

Here is your chance to Vote, if you have not..(below or right sidebar):

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Mets News: Manager Terry Collins expected back in 2014?

Mets News:

Lame-duck New York Mets manager Terry Collins is not facing unemployment.

While team officials do not intend to commit to re-signing Collins until after the season, there is internal respect for how he has navigated this season's challenges and a "strong expectation" he will continue to manage the club in 2014, a source familiar with the Mets' plans told

One reason not to commit now is that it protects the organization in case there is a serious swoon or other unforeseeable major event during the season's final month.

Alderson repeatedly has said Collins will be judged by more than the Mets' position in the standings.

"My role is to balance the short term with the long term," Alderson said last week, after Harvey was lost for the season and Buck and Byrd were dealt to Pittsburgh. "I have said before and would reiterate that how Terry is evaluated is beyond simply wins and losses. We've talked about that before. To the extent that it's perceived that this will make it more difficult to win, and I don't necessarily hold to that belief, obviously all the circumstances will be taken into account."

Collins consistently has brushed aside inquiries about his uncertain status.

"I will reiterate the same things I've been saying all the summer: This is not about me. This is not about me. This will never be about me," he said Tuesday. "This is only about our team and that clubhouse and those 25 guys that have got to go out and play every night. And so my job right now is to make sure they understand what is expected of each and every one of those guys, and that they go out and attain that and reach those expectations. That's all this is about."

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mets News: Terry Collins insists Wilmer Flores is not auditioning for Murphy's Job at 2B

Mets News:

Terry Collins said Wilmer Flores is not auditioning for Daniel Murphy’s second-base job.

Flores, who played in 79 games at second base for Triple-A Las Vegas this season, gets his first major league start at the position on Wednesday night.

Collins said Sandy Alderson wanted to get Flores a look at second base, if for no other reason than to disqualify that as a position going forward. Flores is not going to get a streak of games at second base, but will see some time there down the stretch.

“Nobody says you’re auditioning a guy,” Collins said. “You’re just trying to see what his best position is. He’s played pretty much all year at second base. So when he came up here, the question is: ‘Why are you playing him at third base?’ Now the question is: ‘Why are you playing him at second?’

“You can’t make anybody happy here.

“What we’re trying to do is put Wilmer at second base to see how he handles it at this level, so you can look down the road: Is there going to be a fit there? Because if there isn’t, then you’ve got to certainly look at the two corners and say: ‘Where is he going to fit if he’s not going to play the middle of the infield?’

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mets News: Terry Collins thinks Wilmer Flores will be corner infielder

Mets News:

Wilmer Flores produced his first big league homer Sunday, capping the scoring in the ninth inning with a solo shot in the Mets' 9-5 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Wilmer Flores high-fives his Mets teammates after the first homer of his career.
He now has nine RBIs, matching Mike Jacobs' franchise record for most runs driven in through six career games.

So where does Flores play long term with third base locked up by David Wright, assuming the rookie's production continues?

Mets manager Terry Collins does not see it being second base, the position Flores primarily played at Las Vegas, because the rookie's first-step quickness would be lacking.

"We're going to try to play him a game at second base, but the way he swings the bat, you look down the road in the future, and mostly likely he's going to be on the corner -- because he's going to be a run-producing guy," Collins said.

Flores, by the way, did get the baseball from his first major league homer. A Mets fan caught the opposite-field shot against Heath Bell at Chase Field and exchanged it for a signed Flores baseball.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mets Rumors: Byrd, Collins, Feliciano, Byrdak, Parnell, Murphy, Buck, Young

Mets Rumors:

The Orioles are interested in the Mets' Marlon Byrd. However, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that Byrd is "highly unlikely" to be traded and Bobby Parnell is "highly, highly unlikely" to be moved .

A Mets executive told Mike Puma of the New York Post that he would be surprised if manager Terry Collins were replaced after the season. The Mets are happy with the job that Collins has done, and the executive says the team is doing a good job of "sprinting to the finish line" with Collins at the helm (Twitter). Collins still only under contract through the 2013 season.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post, tweets that left-handed relief is in such high demand, the Mets actually received calls checking in on how Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano were progressing in their rehab.

Tim Byrdak's contract contains a clause that allows him to leave the Mets should another team offer him a Major League roster spot. After being contacted by an interested team, the Mets would have 48 hours to add Byrdak to their own big league roster. If they chose not to do so, Byrdak would be free to join the new team, and the Mets would receive no compensation.

Nothing has changed on the Marlon Byrd and Bobby Parnell front, according to Sherman (on Twitter). The Mets have received nibbles on both, but not nearly enough to make a deal likely.

The Mets are seeking a "Wheeler type" top prospect in exchange for Parnell, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter). Given that exorbitant price tag, it's no surprise that interest hasn't picked up much.

Sherman adds that the Mets had hoped to see interest in Daniel Murphy, John Buck and Eric Young Jr., but to this point they haven't received calls on that group. As such, they're likely to simply try to win as many games as they can with the current group in the season's second half.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets do not expect to make any trades before trading deadline

Mets Rumors:

Terry Collins echoed publicly what team officials recently have expressed privately: The Mets, while not ruling anything out, do not expect to make a trade before Wednesday's 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline.

"You look at our team, and right now we've got some guys that are playing good," Collins said Sunday morning. "And I don't know what's going to happen the next three days. ... If I was a team that was in a hunt, who had a couple of holes, I'd go searching and we've got some guys. But from everything I'm hearing right now, there's no reason to think we're going to change."

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mets News: GM Sandy Alderson seen Valdespin's Tantrum Act

Mets News:

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said infielder Jordany Valdespin made a major miscalculation when he acted improperly Saturday over getting demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

“One of the mistakes he made when he had his tantrum is the general manager was there,” Collins said, referring to Sandy Alderson happening to be attending that day’s game and in the room when Valdespin received the demotion news. “That probably was not the best timing.”

Collins, speaking on Monday at Citi Field, where he is serving as an All-Star coach, said Valdespin became angry after Saturday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates when informed he was being demoted to clear a roster spot for reliever Scott Atchison’s activation from the disabled list.

“He wasn’t happy,” Collins said. “When he left the office, he was angry. The easiest way to put it is: I went out to the clubhouse to calm him down. It was not accepted very well by the other 24 guys, I can tell you that, too. We all know he’s an emotional kid. That’s how he plays and that’s how he goes about things.”

Collins disputed a New York Post report that Valdespin called him an expletive to his face.

“First of all, he did not,” Collins said. “Now, I can’t say what he did on the plane. I can’t say what he did walking out of the clubhouse. I wasn’t there. By the way, he doesn’t speak all that good English. It could have been ‘cockroach,’ for all I know.”

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mets News: Terry Collins named to NL All-Star Coaching Staff

Mets News:

Terry Collins will serve as an NL All-Star coach for a second straight season, as the Mets host the July 16 game.

The managers selected as coaches for Bruce Bochy's NL squad and Jim Leyland's AL squad all have Mets ties.

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson, who skippered the Mets to the 1986 championship, joins Collins on the NL side. On the AL side: former Mets players Robin Ventura (Chicago White Sox) and John Gibbons (Toronto Blue Jays).

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mets News: Terry Collins expresses remorse towards his "fan" comments

Terry Collins expressed remorse Wednesday for saying a day earlier:

“I don’t answer to fans. They don’t play this game."

The original comment came in response to questioning of how the Mets handled Jordany Valdespin getting hit by a pitch Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"Of course I regret the choice of words. I certainly respect the New York fans," Collins said. "They're the most knowledgeable fans I've ever been around. They know the game. They know the people.

"You know, I'm a human being. I used a bad choice of words. But I'm also frustrated. Here we are, we're scuffling, scuffling. There's one topic to talk about. And I understand that we're not playing good, so that's the story. I'm aware of that. And I'm tired of talking about it. I want to talk about getting better.

"So that was my fault. Nobody else's fault. I wasn't baited into anything. Once again, I want our fans to understand that I'm working my butt off to get better. Period."

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana, Hefner, Francisco, Cut 3, Wright, Mejia, Collins on Tejada

Mets News and Notes:

Johan Santana did not join teammates for the morning workout before Saturday's game against the Houston Astros.

Sandy Alderson said Terry Collins may address the issue postgame. A team insider said there was no major setback, but thought Santana might be slowed.

Jeremy Hefner starts against the Astros, and it's not a leap to expect he likely will open the season in the rotation, with Santana on the DL.

The Mets had targeted Thursday for Santana's first Grapefruit League action.

Frank Francisco (elbow inflammation) said he now expects to throw off a mound for the first time in spring training on Sunday.

Travis d'Arnaud, who was struck below the right elbow with a pitch Friday, participated in the full morning workout and said he was fine.

The Mets have made their first cuts of spring training, dispatching right-handers Cory Mazzoni and Rafael Montero and catcher Juan Centeno to minor league camp.

Mazzoni, a second-round pick in 2011 from NC State, started the Grapefruit League season quickly with five scoreless innings over his first two appearances. Overall, he finished with a 3.38 ERA in eight innings.

Montero, who split last season in Class A between Savannah and St. Lucie, made two appearances spanning four innings. He had a 4.50 ERA and allowed six hits and no walks with one strikeout.

Centeno was 0-for-1. He appeared in two Grapefruit League games.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Nieuwenhuis, Santana

Mets News and Notes:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was headed for a doctor’s examination after suffering a left-knee injury sliding into second base on a steal in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Nieuwenhuis downplayed the injury, hoping it was only a “bad bruise.” But he slammed his helmet upon reaching the dugout and needed a cart to be transported from the dugout to the visitors’ clubhouse beyond the outfield wall after the inning.

“I probably could have limped, but it would have taken me a while,” said Nieuwenhuis, who could barely bend the knee postgame.

Nieuwenhuis said he thought his knee ligaments were intact, although Terry Collins said there appeared to be some looseness in the knee.

“It was on the slide,” Nieuwenhuis said. “I just hit it on something. Hopefully it’s just a bad bruise. When I went to go take my lead, it just kind of buckled a little bit, but I think the ligaments are OK. I haven’t seen a doctor yet, but I think I just have got a bad bruise. … I don’t think it’s that bad.”

Said Collins: “It was kind of giving away a little bit, so we’ll have him looked at when we get back.”

A day after Sandy Alderson suggested it could be 10 days until Johan Santana stepped on a mound, the southpaw decided to do so Sunday morning. Santana's light session was his first mound activity since Feb. 19.

The development comes after Mets officials had started to grouse about Santana arriving at camp with his arm shape unprepared.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Feliciano, Wheeler, Beltran, d'Arnaud, Murphy, Baxter, Santana, Francisco

Mets News and Notes:

Sandy Alderson confirmed Pedro Feliciano's Twitter pronouncement that the southpaw can resume baseball activity while an evaluation of his heart continues.

"Pedro will wear the monitor for the next two weeks, but he has been cleared to resume baseball activity during that time," Alderson Said..

Zack Wheeler predicted he would be ready to pitch in his next Grapefruit League assignment on schedule, but it's hard to fathom the Mets giving him that opportunity.

Given the length of time remaining in spring training and the importance of Wheeler to the franchise, the Mets will conservatively treat Wheeler's right oblique strain, which has been labeled "mild" by Sandy Alderson.

"No question," Terry Collins said. "He said he could even pitch today. He said, 'I could have pitched.' And I said, 'No, there's no sense in pushing it.'

"We're not even to March yet. [Pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] brought up the other day that this time last year we were throwing batting practice. I said, 'You've got a long time. Just make sure you get your treatment."

Carlos Beltran announced that he thought the Mets were winners in the trading-deadline deal two years ago that sent him to San Francisco for Zack Wheeler.

“It worked out better for them,” Beltran said, referring to the Mets as the winners. “I thought we were going to go to the playoffs and it didn’t happen. But it is what it is. I took the chance of going to the team that was fighting for a playoff spot and it didn’t work out for me. But it worked out for the Mets.”

Still, Beltran was complimentary about their brief pregame meeting and Zach Wheeler’s upside.

“All I’ve heard is he’s a good prospect,” Beltran said. “He has good stuff. I mean, he’s a young guy. I think they’ve got the people here to mold him to be the pitcher he can be for the organization -- the ace that they’re looking for.”

The Mets have decided catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is too valuable to be blocking the plate. Terry Collins said he met with the 24-year-old d'Arnaud on Wednesday to relay the organization's preference and reasoning.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler, Collins, Lutz, Gee, Tradition

Mets News and Notes:

Zack Wheeler hopes to learn from Matt Harvey this spring.

“We talked a little bit this offseason,” Wheeler said. “I asked him to help me out this spring. He was more than willing to just let me tag along and show me the ropes a little bit, because he was sort of in the same situation last year that I am this year.

“It’s baseball,” Wheeler continued, outside the minor league clubhouse. “I’m sure it’s pretty much the same over there as it is over here. It’s all about learning and trying to get better.”

Jonathan Niese has reported early to Spring Training....

Left-handed reliever Daniel Herrera, who made 16 appearances for the Mets in 2011, expects to be ready to pitch in games in May.

The 28-year-old Herrera, an early arrival to Port St. Lucie, is about to step on a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last May.

He will not be in major league camp.

Herrera was not a free agent this past offseason. He remained under the Mets' control after making three early season relief appearances for Triple-A Buffalo last year.

Terry Collins in recent days has not backed Sandy Alderson's comments about Frank Francisco not having a firm hold on the closer's job.

Said Collins: “I told him the same thing yesterday. I said, ‘You’re the guy. We haven’t signed another close, per se. Bobby Parnell is here. I heard [Brandon] Lyon is going to have a physical. [Scott] Atchison is here. We’ve got candidates. But you’re the guy. But we’ve got to get you ready. And if you’re not ready, I’ve got to find somebody else.'

"And that’s kind of what Sandy is saying. This guy, with what’s happened last year, with his elbow issues, he’s got to go out and earn a job. If he’s healthy, he will earn the job, in my opinion.”

Zach Lutz’s transition to outfielder became more official Thursday with outfield coach Tom Goodwin now at the Mets’ spring-training complex.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Rumor Mill: Collins Staying Put, Upton's Worth, Victorino on Mets Radar?

Some Mets Rumors and Rumblings:

The Mets front office remains committed to Terry Collins beyond this season despite the team's slide, tweets Mike Puma of the New York Post.  Puma was told emphatically that Collins is returning next year, which has been the tone of the reports surrounding the manager's future for most of the summer.

The Mets will be looking to add some offense and centerfield position is a place where they could start. They are in lack of a lead off hitter and the Mets may enter the bidding this off-season for a Bourn or Victorino type. They also can try their hand at a right handed B.J. Upton, which would make David Wright happy as they played in college together and are close friends..

Jon Heyman of says there's a debate about whether the Rays will make the qualifying offer for B.J. Upton around $13 million, but execs believe they will since his very nice all-around season with 24 home runs and 30 stolen bases means he'll get at least four years elsewhere. Upton could demand a package of 5 years, $60 Million.

It's a pretty good center field market, though, with Michael Bourn and Shane Victorino also free agents.

Shane Victorino has talked aloud about wanting to stay in L.A., though with Carl Crawford due back by early next season it doesn't seem like the perfect spot for him. Publicly, Dodgers people aren't ruling it out, though maybe they are being kind.

Heyman says the Nats, Mets, Braves, Phillies and Giants all could be better fits, though Victorino will have to lower his sights after originally seeking a five-year deal. Heyman thinks Victorino could only get two years,  $25 Million which might be in the Mets price range.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Ike Davis sets the record straight about his nightlife, Collins Says No One is Safe

In terms of roster moves,  Ike Davis may not be the only Met discussed in deals this off-season..  But Ike wanted to set something straight after a report suggested the Mets were concerned about his nightlife.

"I have never missed games or not been ready to work because of anything to do with staying up too late," Davis told The News. ...“I show up every day. I play hard. It is unfair to me, and it doesn’t make sense.”

While the 25-year-old said that he does not often leave the ballpark until midnight and is sometimes out a few hours after that - the norm among many in baseball - he does not do so to excess.

“I just don’t understand it, because I have always been able to play, except for one freak ankle injury,” Davis said, referring to the 2011 on-field collision that ended his season.

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