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Collins upset that Luis Castillo didn’t report early for camp

Feb 18, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

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Terry Collins, commenting on Luis Castillo not showing up to Mets camp until — gasp! — he was required to show up:

“I was hoping he would be here,” Collins said. “Yeah, I was hoping he would be here, just so I can get the conversation over. And, again, I’m a real believer in sending a message to the organization as a player.”

Yes, in Castillo’s case I can see the value in showing up early. He’s fighting for a job and it makes all kinds of sense to act like he’s fighting hard.

But has the idea of showing up early gotten out of control?  Seems like everyone’s either doing it or talking about it. It won’t be long, I imagine, before even the non-bubble players are being thought less of for actually showing up when they are required to show up rather than appearing all gung-ho about it.

The NFL got into some trouble with this a few years ago with those allegedly “voluntary” minicamps that guys lost their jobs over if they didn’t attend.  I wonder if we’re not heading in that direction in baseball too.  And if the union is going to start saying something about comments like Collins’.

  1. shaggylocks - Feb 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Did Collins mention how many pieces of flair he was wearing when he showed up?

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM

      No, but his stapler seemed to be missing.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 18, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Hey, last year was a down year for Castillo, but even still his numbers were not that far off from his career averages. Castillo is what he is, and the Mets should not penalize him because his contract is too big. Who’s fault is that??

    • steve keane - Feb 18, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      I guess the guy the Mets fired for giving Castillo too much money

  3. Jonny 5 - Feb 18, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Ahhh, they make enough to show early. I do it.

  4. xmatt0926x - Feb 18, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Its obvious that Collins hasn’t seen the nifty choreographed hand dances that Castillo has. He has certainly spent plenty of time practicing them with Reyes and some of the other Mets players. The best part?? They do these lovely celebrations whether they are ahead or getting blown out. Collins will be quite entertained!!

  5. hankg42 - Feb 18, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Now-a-days, showing up on time is a plus! :-)

    • spudchukar - Feb 18, 2011 at 5:18 PM

      Punctuality has lost its status as a virtue.

  6. spudchukar - Feb 18, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    If it was so important to Collins that Castillo show up early, perhaps he should have told him.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 18, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      Or maybe do something about making early on time.

  7. aronmantoo - Feb 18, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    With the log jam at second base you’d think that Louis thinks the job is his already instead iof being there and proving it.

  8. mrznyc - Feb 18, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    I was upset he showed up at all.

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