Terry Collins has telling response to question about Matt Harvey
The New York Mets are not pleased with Matt Harvey. If the team’s decision to suspend the starting pitcher for three games wasn’t enough evidence of that, perhaps what manager Terry Collins said about Harvey on Monday will be.
Or, better yet, what Collins didn’t say.
When asked by a reporter if Harvey’s teammates respect him, Collins’ response was quite telling.
Asked if Matt Harvey's teammates respect him, Terry Collins said, "I can't answer that. I don't know." Didn't want to speak for whole team.
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) May 8, 2017
Collins easily could have defended Harvey and said his teammates are simply disappointed in him, but he didn’t bother. Instead, he felt uncomfortable answering what should be a very simple question about the relationship his players have with one another.
The Mets have only said that Harvey violated team rules, and Collins expressed a desire to keep the issue in-house. However, that didn’t stop Jose Reyes from offering some strong words for Harvey after reports revealed that the 28-year-old failed to show up to the ballpark on Saturday.
This is not the first time Harvey failed to conduct himself in a professional manner, as he also missed a mandatory meeting during the playoffs last year and did not have a great excuse. Harvey reportedly had a migraine on Saturday after he played golf, and he believed his absence was excused. That clearly was not the case.