Terry Collins Working on Beltran Trade Speech

Terry Collins, like any good manager, is thinking a few innings ahead, a few days ahead and a few trades ahead. The Mets manager has begun contemplating what he will say after the big Carlos Beltran trade expected this week.

According to the NY Times Collins said:

“I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to say and how I’m going to say it when the time comes, because they better understand, it’s not a white flag. They better understand they still have something to prove. This is the major leagues, and if you give in at any time, the other team will kick your butt.

One of the young players Collins will address his message to is Bobby Parnell. The future closer’s job is at stake here for Parnell and Collins would like the team to stay competitive. “There’s some guys in there fighting for jobs now,” Collins said.There are also some guys who will be free agents at the end of the year and are looking to impress.

Mets fans can only hope all players on the roster, regardless of future role or team, play hard every game and finish with a winning record.

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  1. bob July 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm
    How about something better if Terry Collins works on good bye speech to say good bye for great not done. Not bring any energy to the team or any leadship skills. More like he show how to be more confused that they already have in the past. Thanks mets owners on terrible hire and hate watching the mets if this guy is in charge what an idiot. Working on trade speech how stupid is that. Work on game plan think what is front of you and not what might happen how stupid are you…. Good grief charle brown what did leave us with here idiots………..
    • Rob July 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm
      Sir: Aside from being grammatically challenged, you are so completely wrong in your assessment of Collins’ performance this year that I don’t think anyone could even remotely agree with your position. Call the Mets alot of things, but poorly managed is definitely not one of them.
  2. Joe E July 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm
    Last post makes no sense – as a season ticket holder I can say this is the first time in YEARS that I’ve watched a team that has been instilled with the desire to win. That philosphy comes from Collins.
    • Joe Janish July 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm
      Is it the philosophy or is it the personnel? There are a number of players who have something to prove this year — whether it’s for a new contract or to win a job. Plus, it helps to have a number of players motivated to play well, as they feed off of each other.

      Not to take anything away from Collins, but I’m not sure he is the sole reason for the Mets’ spirited play this year. Rookies, position competition, and one-year / walk-year contracts play a large role as well.

      • izzy July 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm
        The mh blame for most everything. The manager gets too much credit and too much blame for most things. The ’09 team played just as hard as this bunch. They just suffered from a total lack of talent. The ’10 team played hard also. Until that magic moment when the Mets announced they were activiating Oliver Perez. Then they quit. Collins/Manuel wouldn’t have mattered. They got the message. Front office quits on you guys and they responded in kind.
        • Joe Janish July 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm
          As of Opening Day, this team looked to me like it would be a 75-win team. They’re on the way to being about 5 wins better mainly because Beltran is playing every day (I figured he’d play 3x a week) and Reyes has been unconscious (I figured he’d be really good, but not THIS good). So they’re doing about as expected. That said I don’t believe external motivation from the manager has had much of an impact — the Mets are performing about as well (or as poorly, depending on your perspective) as expected.

          Funny, though, back then a lot of people got on my case for being so “pessimistic”, pointing out that Sandy Alderson had made a lot of intelligent moves and had a plan, etc., etc. Those same people who thought the Mets would be an 85+ win team are still holding to the idea that Alderson et al did a great job, the Mets are exceeding expectations, and Terry Collins should be manager of the year. Interesting how that works.

        • Joe July 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm
          “Those same people who thought the Mets would be an 85+ win”

          These people don’t quite let reality get in the way so whatever happens, those rose colored glasses will seem like the best of all worlds.

  3. Brendan82 July 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm
    The fact that he is thinking about motivational speeches can speak for itself. Maybe telling a newspaper about it is a bit corny but he knows that leadership and team motivation begins with him. Kudos to him.

    Way better then that Manuel guy who would have let the team fall apart by now.

  4. Garett V. July 26, 2011 at 10:32 am
    TC has been great; he’s got the fire of an Irishman that the team needed- not taking any sh*t from players and basically saying play hard or you’re out of here. If he gets some talent, he can win us a pennant within the next 5 years.