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Terry Collins is still going on about Ruben Tejada being on time for camp

Feb 27, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

Terry Collins

Last week we heard how, once again, Mets manager Terry Collins is all bent out of shape about the fact that his shortstop, Ruben Tejada, didn’t report to camp early.  Via the New York Times we learn that, over the weekend, Tejada (a) reported on time; and (b) still got chewed out about it by Collins, who had a “one-way conversation” with him.

And of course Collins won’t let it go:

“I told him the importance of what it meant to be here and be a part of this team and what an impact it would have made on his teammates,” said Collins, who has insisted for days that he was disappointed, not angry. “He’s such a good kid, and he was very upset to think he messed up.”

“To think he messed up.”  Only thing making him think that, Terry, is you, as you hold him to different standards than that to which just about every other manager in baseball holds their players.

  1. phukyouk - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    “I told him the importance of what it meant to be here and be a part of this team”

    Seriously? Did he say that with a straight face? if so we need to rethink best Actor award

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Mr. Collins needs a refresher on the CBA and deserves a reprimand and a fine. The players association should be all over him on this.

  3. rooney24 - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Early odds on the first manager to have his team turn on him?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Has a manager ever been fired during ST?

  4. inthearex - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    God forbid a manager asked a little more from his players.

    • Utley's Hair - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      Absolutely. God forbid a manager ask a player for more than he is contractually permitted…and inform him of it…or something.

      • badmamainphilliesjamas - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        A good manager demands more of everyone. A bad manager calls out individuals publicly.

    • Bar None - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      I have no problem with a manager wanting more out of his players. But if you want them there early, tell them. Don’t tell someone to show up on Tuesday and get mad that he showed up on Tuesday instead of Sunday.

  5. atxjustin - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    What about the other 39 players on the roster and the non-roster invitees? Is he holding each and every one of them to this standard?

    They must have all reported early, otherwise we’d definitely be hearing about how disappointed he is in them as well.

  6. hammyofdoom - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Unless there’s something that the public doesn’t know about, like Ruben having a particularly short leash from something happening last year and he was specifically told that he should show up early, Terry Collin’s is a dick and probably doesn’t deserve to be an MLB manager. I don’t think I’ve seen a manager be as hard on a player as this in spring EVER.

    • atxjustin - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      Well…he’s not exactly an MLB manager, he manages the Mets.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        I don’t usually like so many attacks on a team, but seriously, these Mets jokes aren’t getting old. It’s been cracking me up since the Braun post about the Mets players hating on his results.

    • nategearhart - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

      That very well could be the case. But as vocal as he’s being about how disappointed he is, if it’s for a particular reason having to do with Tejada he should say so.

  7. danrizzle - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    What Tejada should say to the media right now: “As you know, spring training is exceedingly long. Any manager who needs more time to prepare a team for the regular season should probably be fired.”

  8. aaronmoreno - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Has Terry Collins ever not pissed off everyone around him?

  9. Bar None - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Meanwhile, Terry Francona is not managing a team…

    • jimbo1949 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Mets tried calling, but he’s got Caller ID.

  10. inthearex - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I don’t see what the big deal is. He wants his young SS to be a leader and put in the extra effort. So what if he told the media. He wasn’t saying he hates his starting SS or anything like that. Gerry is looking for someone to lead by example other than David wright. Maybe there’s a reason this mets team goes nowhere and terry Collins is trying to light a fire.

    • Old Gator - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      I’m sure Mrs. O’Leary’s cow had the best of intentions as well.

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