Terry Collins Loses His Patience

During the postgame on SNY last night, Terry Collins lost his composure. Just a few of his quotes:

“I’m sick of trying to describe seventh innings. This is about five in a row. Kid pitched his butt off tonight. What’d they get eight hits — seven of them infield hits? We look up and we’re behind. That’s what I thought about the seventh inning. … Gotta take a guy out of the ballgame who’s pitched his ass off?”

Dave, I’m running out of ideas here. … Did we play hard? Absolutely. The issue is not effort, that’s not it. … Execution. We need to add on points when we’re ahead. … We give up at-bats … we can’t do that, we’re not that kind of team.”

“I sit up every night trying to figure out what can we do to get over the top. … We don’t get bunts down … we get in situations where we got to make a pitch and we don’t make the pitch. … I don’t have the answers. But I’m searching. I’m wringing the rag dry of having to come in here, and I’m tired of coming in here and having you guys look at me like I’m a stinkin’ fool.”

“Ill take all the suck and blame that anyone wants to hand out … maybe I got to make some adjustments, and by god, they’ll be made … if I have to find different players, but they’ll be made. Something is going to be changing.”

I can certainly understand Collins’ frustration. What concerns me is that this is coming out in public after only 55 games. Where will Collins’ head be when it’s midseason and the team is out of the race?

After Collins’ Q&A, Bobby Ojeda responded like he was still a player, which was kind of cool — he was very fired up and inspired. I agreed with much of what Ojeda said, though not all. For example Ojeda said that there are some players who feel “I did my job” rather than are concerned about the final score, and he suggested that the clubhouse culture needs to change. I’m not close enough to see what’s happening in the clubhouse, but it seems to me that the clubhouse isn’t necessarily the issue. And I’m curious to know which players he thinks are selfish and more concerned with doing “their job” than the final score. Because to be completely honest, I’m not sure who I’d peg with that — and you know I’m pretty critical / judgmental. If anything, the issue is that the Mets have mediocre, improperly prepared ballplayers on the roster. Collins made several nameless references to Willie Harris in his postgame remarks, and Harris was playing out of position. Should Harris have been more prepared in regard to knowing what to do with the ball before he touched it? Absolutely, but that’s part of the reason he’s been a marginal bench player for most of his career. One of the reasons he was moved to the outfield when he was young was because he couldn’t cut the mustard as an infielder. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Harris was clueless last night — it’s who he is.

Speaking of Harris, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him cut or demoted within the next few days. He’s not hitting and now he’s not fielding the way the Mets need him to, and Collins is obviously frustrated with him. I like Willie because he plays hard and is a stand-up guy, but unfortunately that’s not enough to justify taking a spot on the 25-man roster. Though, I’m not sure who the Mets have to replace him right now. Chin-Lung Hu?

What are your thoughts? Are you pleased that Terry Collins blew his stack? Do you think it will make a difference in the Mets performance going forward?

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. izzy June 2, 2011 at 7:08 am
    Blowi ng your stack gets applauded by the masses. The same masses who will go into a shell and do a lousier job if their boss blew up at their work mplace at them. For a day or two the fear of another blow up might force a better play or work, but then it wears off and the employees learn sub consciously to turn off and the word of the boss or manager gets heard a\less and less as time goes on. This is [robably why Terry has lost every clubhouse he has run.
    Harris can’t play the infield but Terry puts him there and then gets mad, Murphy can’t play first but Terry puts him there, Pagan has reverted back to his old form. Is it because he can’t take Terry’s constant antics? Is it because Jerry Manuel actually kept him relaxed and allowed him to do his thing???? A quiet guy like Bay gets worse and worse. Has he alreasy turned off to the yelling and is in his Terry shell? Thole has become an A ball player? Why is he reverting so completely and so quickly? Yup, people applaud the yelling but how does it work?
  2. Paul June 2, 2011 at 7:21 am
    Terry getting frustrated makes it easier for Mets fans to relate to him. It might even motivate some of his players.

    It really won’t make much of a difference in the Mets’ record until he gets better players to work with.

  3. Mic June 2, 2011 at 7:39 am
    Now he must send a message in personnel. ojeda is right the recipe must change. But i am glad he picked up cappy.

    He needs to send a message to the bullpen. But i cant get mad at harris, pagan, murph or turner . They were a bandaid to the weeping sore (bullpen), and the pirates simply applied enough pressure to expose the sore.

    i dont know what the answer is but i think again a clubhouse leader might help.

  4. pal88 June 2, 2011 at 8:55 am
    Terry or better yet this team needs an “in your face” CAPTAIN (its not Wright), but who??? That’s the problem, this team has no one to look up too for leadership.
    The answer lies in releasing some and demoting others to change the lack of a winning attitude..
    Bay-to Bench, Beltron- Trade today, Parnell-to Buffalo, Harris/Hairston- RELEASE TODAY, Thole-to Buffalo…. bring up, the kids, i.e FMart, Duda, Kirk..,
  5. trokenmatt June 2, 2011 at 9:28 am
    What a load of garbage. The team is losing because they don’t have as many guys who hit, pitch, catch, throw and run as well as the other teams’ guys. That’s it. No professional baseball player whether an MVP or a utility guy got to the majors, or even to the minors, without being super-competitive and wanting to win. Willie Harris shouldn’t be cut because he doesn’t want to win. He should be cut because he’s not good enough at playing baseball to play on a major league baseball team. Ruben Tejada isn’t a good enough hitter to start at any position on a major league baseball team. Bay used to hit well enough to be a major league corner outfielder, but he doesn’t anymore. This is about skill, not about “fire in the belly” or some other bull like that.
    • izzy June 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm
      Excellent Matt…… Its also funny hearing that Collins singles out McCutcheon(?) for playing the game the right way. This is the guy that Hurlde had to sit down the other day for loafing. The difference being Hurdle sent a quiet message to a guy who can perform, while Collins singles out a marginal guy who if you sit it nothing because that’s his normal spot.
  6. Mike June 2, 2011 at 10:17 am
    In response to who can replace him… *cough* NICK EVANS *cough*

    Not subtle enough?

    • Joe Janish June 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm
      Nick Evans is already on the roster. The question is who do the Mets bring up / acquire to replace Harris.
      • Gavin June 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm
        Lucas Duda? I know he hasn’t had that much success in the majors so far but he’s only had 104 abs
      • Joe June 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm
        Complication is that Taylor Buchholz just went on the DL. So many injuries, they sneaked one in.