Translating Terry Collins.

Manager Terry Collins conducted his first press conference of the spring this morning. He was upbeat and positive as expected, but made no brash projections, which was appreciated.

COLLINS: What is he saying?

However, like with all managers, there was a message beyond Collins’ words. What he said and what he meant are two different things.

Most managers take the one-game-at-a-time approach, but Collins did make the point of saying the team needed to get off to a fast start. He could have added that includes spring training, also.

Why is this important?

With everything about the 2012 Mets examined through a financial microscope, playing competitive, and at times, winning baseball, will be paramount in cultivating fan interest and maintaining player enthusiasm. It would also help in keeping the roster – read David Wright – intact for the most part.

Collins didn’t come across as desperate, but he made his point just the same. With a brutal schedule the first two months, the Mets can’t risk falling out of their season before the kids get out of school.

Collins also said the Mets will be better than anticipated, which isn’t saying much because the expectations are so low. This will only came back as an empty promise if the team stinks out of the gate. It was a confusing point considering he also urged patience from the fan base. Asking for patience is akin to saying don’t expect much, which is contradictory.

Collins was optimistic about the double-play combination of Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada (the latter is having visa issues). The conventional thinking has the pressure being on Tejada because he’s replacing Jose Reyes, but we must accept Reyes was always going to be going and there are few around capable of matching his talent.

Collins said the competition is in the bullpen and bench, which isn’t encouraging. Translated, that also means for the most part the starting players and rotation is set. But, how much solace can you take out of that considering last year’s team won just 75 games and finished 25 games behind the Phillies?

The new outfield dimensions were also praised, with Collins saying they could provide a mental lift for the offense. Specifically, he was thinking Wright and Jason Bay. However, perhaps more importantly, the dimensions could hurt an already suspect pitching staff.




2 thoughts on “Translating Terry Collins.

  1. David may be more comfortable with the pulled in fences but the pitchers won’t. We had a 4 1/2 era for the starters and it will get worse with a smaller yard. We will need our pen yet again because the starters are terrible. They will be burnt out by the all star break when we will start losing games because we have no pitchers.

    I expect Wheeler and/or Harvey will be up this year to give them a taste so that next year one or both of them will be in the rotation.

    I wonder if Johan will be with us next year.

    They should lower ticket prices now if they want any fans by the summer.

    But then it may not matter. Who wants to drop a hundred to watch a little league team against the pros of Florida?

  2. I am a little surprised,” Collins said Wednesday. “A lot of it is just selfishness on my part. I take great pride in the game itself, and respecting the game. I wish everybody had the same respect for it to want to get started as early as possible. So I know Ruben will come in great shape. I know he’ll be ready to go. I just wish he was here.”

    No translation here. Get your butt in camp.