Archive: November 12th, 2010

Terry Collins Also Charged with DUI

It turns out that Wally Backman is not the only fiery managerial candidate who was once charged with a DUI — Mets Field Coordinator Terry Collins was also charged with driving while under the influence / driving intoxicated / driving while impaired / drunk driving.

Hat tip to xDanTanna on Twitter, who originally notified Mark Healey of Baseball Digest via this tweet:

xDanTanna also sent the same link to SNYtv, David Lennon, and Steve Popper — but none have reported it yet (though, Popper did acknowledge it). Interestingly, xDanTanna also tweeted this:

And this is one of the reasons (other than the fact I feel he is the best choice) that I have been “campaigning” for Wally Backman, and “tearing down every other candidate”: because the majority of the press and pundits have been quick to point out all of Backman’s supposed flaws and baggage, while glazing over or completely ignoring the blemishes on the resumes of the other candidates for Mets manager.

Of course, I wouldn’t just read one tweet and assume that Collins was indeed arrested for a DUI in 2002 — even if it is published in the archives of The Los Angeles Times. But, another fifteen minutes of web research corraborated the report.

From the Augusta Chronicle (GA):

Former major-league manager Terry Collins was arrested in Augusta early Thursday morning and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. The 53-year-old Collins, in his first year as minor-league field coordinator with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was stopped by police on the 3100 block of Washington Road at around 2 a.m. Collins, who managed the Houston Astros (1994-96) and Anaheim Angels (1997-99), was also charged with operating an unsafe vehicle and driving without a license on his person. “He was driving down Washington Road on a flat tire, which is what drew our attention to him,” said Maj. Richard Weaver of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. “He just kept driving.” Collins pulled over when deputies turned on the blue lights, Collins then stumbled out of his vehicle, police said. “He was staggering,” Maj. Weaver said. “He was obviously impaired and failed a sobriety test.” After Collins was arrested, he was taken to the Richmond County Jail, where he failed a Breathalyzer test. Collins did not bring attention to his celebrity, but after a jailer recognized him, he admitted to being a former major-league manager. He remained in jail for 14 hours and was released after meeting bond requirements at 4:10 p.m., jail officials said. Collins was in Augusta to join the Waves, a Dodgers affiliate based in Albany, Ga. He did not attend Thursday’s game.

(Off-topic note of irony: Collins was on assignment for the South Georgia Waves, who played their games at Paul Eames Stadium — the same field as the South Georgia Peanuts.)

The point here is not to smear the reputation of Terry Collins; rather, it is to keep everyone on a level playing field. If the media is going to make sure the world knows about the negative parts of Wally Backman’s past history, then it is only fair that the public knows about similarly negative tidbits that may or may not mar the perception of Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, etc.

In other words, no one is perfect — and if a journalist is going to dig up one person’s past, he has a duty to dig up EVERYONE’s past.

Let’s hope that Sandy Alderson, Fred Wilpon, and the rest of the Mets’ front office has done their due diligence and run background checks on all the candidates. It would be really embarrassing to hire a manager and then have to fire him a few days later after “new information” comes to light (I feel like that’s happened before to a Major League club …).


2010 Analysis: Ike Davis

I will be the first to admit I didn’t think Ike Davis would do as well as he did, as quickly as he did. My projection was for Davis to spend at least another half-year in the minors, and join the Mets at some point in July or later – after it was clear the team was out of contention.

As it turned out, Davis arrived earlier than expected, stepping in to the starting first baseman position on April 19th and never looking back.

Davis was good for a 23-year-old first-year player, finishing the season with a .264 AVG., .351 OBP, 19 HR, and 33 doubles in 600 plate appearances. His 72 walks were impressive for a rookie, and although he tended to be streaky, his hot and cold runs evened themselves out over the long-term, culminating in average production for an MLB first baseman – not bad for a 23-year-old. Additionally, he flashed fancy glovework in the field, proved capable of prodigious power, and made adjustments after pitchers made adjustments to him.

2011 Projection

Assuming Davis builds on his 2010 debut, the Mets should have a player who is somewhere between Adam LaRoche and Eric Karros – which, I understand is not the Adrian Gonzalez type that the most optimistic of Mets fans would like, but isn’t too shabby. Considering the power (and strikeouts) generated by his long swing, it wouldn’t surprise me if Davis reached the level of Adam Dunn at some point in his career. The kid can hit the ball a long way; the only question is, how often will he make contact?

Unless something crazy happens this winter, we can expect Ike Davis to be the Mets starting first baseman in 2011 and beyond. It will be a treat to see how he evolves.


2010 Analysis: Luis Hernandez

Watching Luis Hernandez limp around the bases was excruciating yet inspiring; the image will forever be etched in my mind. He absolutely commanded my respect for that display of True Grit in a way not even John Wayne could have demonstrated.

Beyond that vignette, however, there isn’t much to say about the journeyman utility infielder.

Rather than waste my time (and yours) with a post devoted to Luis Hernandez, please see the 2009 analysis of Argenis Reyes, and use your imagination.

Further, let me present a topic for argument: why did we see so much of Luis Hernandez and not so much of Justin Turner. Discuss amongst yourselves.


2010 Analysis: Mike Hessman

You have to like Mike Hessman for his size; if nothing else, he is a man you want on your side in the middle of a brawl or while walking down a dark alley.

Beyond that, Hessman didn’t display much value. Which is a shame, because he seemed like a nice enough guy – someone you could root for. And he has put up some ridiculous power numbers in the minors. Well at least he got the chance to taste the bigs again.

2011 Projection

Hessman has already refused a minor league assignment and is therefore a free agent — so it’s unlikely he’ll return to the Mets organization.

Hessman turns 33 next March, and has run out of opportunities. He might catch on with Buffalo or another AAA team next year, but his chances of making the Mets – or any big league club, are slim. Still, I’ll be secretly hoping he gets a shot somewhere, gets into a hot streak, and truly enjoys at least a few weeks succeeding as a big leaguer. Chris Shelton, Kevin Maas, and Shane Spencer all enjoyed their ten minutes of fame – so why not Mike Hessman?