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Jordany Valdespin reportedly flipped on Terry Collins after being sent down

Jordany-Valdespin-MetsNew York Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday night, and it was a demotion he did not feel he deserved. The 25-year-old is hitting a measly .188 with 16 RBI and on-base percentage of .250 in his second MLB season, but that didn’t stop him from reportedly flipping out when he got the news.

According to Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger, people who witnessed the episode said Valdespin lost it and had to be calmed down by bullpen coach Ricky Bones.

“He’s not helping himself,” one person reportedly told Castillo. “Everyone gets upset when that happens, but you just need to shut up and pack your bags.”

Mike Puma of the NY Post reported that Valdespin screamed at manager Terry Collins when he was given the news, calling him a “c—sucker” and demanding that he be placed on the disabled list rather than demoted. No team would want a 25-year-old player who is struggling as badly as Valdespin to sit on the DL rather than take at-bats at the lower levels, but he obviously doesn’t get that.

“We’ve talked about this many times: It’s hard for a young player who has pretty much spent his whole career as an everyday player to come up and play, maybe, once a week and then come off the bench and hit,” Collins explained. “It’s very difficult. So he’s got to go get some playing time. He’s got to go get his swing back — certainly get back in the lineup. If he’s going to come back, at least he’s got to get some at-bats.”

No player enjoys being demoted, but acting like a child when it happens validates the decision even more. In addition to being unhappy with his performance at the plate, the Mets were also annoyed by Valdespin’s antics like pimping a home run while his team is trailing 7-1. Clearly he has a lot of growing up to do.

H/T Eye on Baseball

David Wright was livid with Terry Collins for protecting him from getting hit by pitch

Very rarely will you come across a player who wants to be hit by a pitch, but Tuesday night in New York was an exception. During the seventh inning of the Brewers blowout win over the Mets, Ryan Braun was hit in the shoulder with a D.J. Carrasco fastball. The umpire felt that there was obvious intent, so Carrasco was ejected.

With David Wright due to lead off in the bottom of the seventh, retaliation was expected to come immediately. Mets manager Terry Collins anticipated that the Brewers would try to get even by hitting New York’s star player, so he pulled Wright from the game. That led to a very heated discussion between Collins and Wright in the dugout.

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Terry Collins admits the Mets still don’t know some of their own signs

If the Mets opponents have managed to steal some of their signals this season, they are doing a better job of memorizing than the Mets themselves. To the  casual viewer, it would appear that Terry Collins is not a fan of the hit-and-run. Through 18 games this season, the Mets have barely used it. However, that is not because Collins never calls for it. The Mets simply haven’t mastered their own signs yet.

“That’s not necessarily true,” Collins said Thursday morning when a reporter pointed out that he never calls for a hit-and-run. “We’ve missed a few signs. There’s a few secrets that aren’t out there yet. That’s why I’m not worried about the other team (stealing our signs), because we haven’t got them (down) yet.”

That sounds like a Mets problem. Collins added that he has had to change the signs a couple of times to simplify them since his players have missed two squeeze bunt signs in multiple hit-and-runs.

So basically if you’re an opposing player who manages to steal a signal off the Mets, you’re further along with their coaching staff than their own players are.

H/T Hardball Talk
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Terry Collins frustrated over Mets injuries: I need my wife to beat me up so I get my patience back

The MLB season is a mere three weeks away, and the injuries are piling up for Terry Collins and the Mets. As if Collins wasn’t already facing enough challenges in his second season as Mets manager, he now has to deal with injuries to David Wright, Scott Hairston, Ronny Cedeno and most recently Ruben Tejada, who went down with a groin injury on Tuesday that Collins described as “not serious” and said an aspirin and a day off would fix. New York’s manager is concerned about his patience, however, which is wearing thin as his players continue to go down.

“Oh no, I’m not mad at Ruben,” he said Tuesday according to the NY Daily News. “Not by a long shot. I’m not mad at anybody. I’m allowed to be frustrated. This is a team I’m trying to get ready to win. I’m sitting here trying to tell you we’re going to compete, but I’m going to tell you — we aren’t going to compete if we don’t have our players on the field.

“I talk about patience. Right now, I’m out of it . So I’ve got to regain it. I’ve got to go back tonight and have my wife beat me up so I can find my patience again.”

And if taking a beating from his wife doesn’t help, Terry said he has a friend who has used a different approach to acheive the same result.

“I had a buddy that used to have a bear — a pet bear,” Collins continued. “He used to, when he got mad, the bear would go kick him around the cage. And he finally said, ‘OK, I’m back down to earth now.’”

If the Mets manager — who has been known to blow a gasket in the past — is already worried about his level of patience, he could need more than his wife or a bear to save him in 2012. From the sound of it, Mets fans are in for another long season.

H/T Hardball Talk

Terry Collins Rants After Mets Blow Lead to Pirates (Video)

The New York Mets are 25-30 and they’ve lost eight of their last 11 games. They were up 2-0 through six innings against the Pirates Wednesday night, but they blew the lead giving up five runs in the 7th and four more in the 8th. Manager Terry Collins had made some defensive changes late in the game and some of those players made mistakes, resulting in the blown lead and increasing frustration. Collins ended up going on a rant after the loss. Here’s the video courtesy of Hardball Talk:

The Mets are 25-30, losing again Thursday, and it feels like Collins is falling into the whole snake-bitten drama owner Fred Wilpon talked about when he ripped the team recently. If you think about Wednesday night’s game, Collins tried to make all the moves he thought would help the team but they didn’t work out. It’s understandable why he was so frustrated. And actually, Big League Stew summarized the five plays that set Collins off, and it’s no wonder he ended up ranting after the game.

With three teams already at 31 wins a piece in the NL East, and the Nationals trailing the mets a single game, things could continue to get ugly for the Mets in early June.