Terry Collins Throws Mets Under Bus; Himself, Too.

Terry Collins wouldn’t come out and say it, but his clipped answers to pointed questions strongly suggest he believes his team has quit.

As he said several times during the Mets’ second-half collapse, “it’s all about perception.’’

After being blown out 16-1 by the Phillies before published estimates of around 1,000 fans at Citi Field, an exasperated and visibly upset Collins gave short, terse answers to the questions everybody who bothered to watch were asking: Do you think your team has quit?

There’s no more biting question to ask a major league manager.

Collins gave his team the benefit of doubt after more than a few dismal performances this summer. Not last night. Last night, with his words and their tone, Collins threw his team under the bus, and deservedly so.

Asked if the Mets quit, Collins said: “You’ll have to ask them. I have my own opinion. I’m not going to express it publicly.’’

He might as well have screamed “YES.’’

In addition to the score, Collins said, “I saw some things tonight that were unacceptable.’’

When asked to specify, Collins refused, and when pressed if he thought his players were embarrassed, he abruptly said: “You have to ask them. I’m not inside their heads.’’

Normally, when a coach or manager says such a thing, the first reaction is how can he not know what his team is thinking? Doesn’t he have the pulse of this team?

Collins does, but didn’t want to attach his name to the actual quotes. Maybe he thinks by doing so he won’t be able to work with them next year. At least, with those who will be left.

Or, maybe he wouldn’t say they quit because by doing so would be a reflection on him. After all, when a team quits, it means the manager lost the clubhouse. That’s the perception Collins wants to mask.

The Mets have gone 16 straight games having scored three or fewer runs at home. One would think they’d score four by accident. If they didn’t quit, then they are playing uninspired, listless baseball. Collins said letdowns are to be expected, but this is more than a letdown.

“We’ve had a huge letdown in the second half,’’ Collins said. “People paid money to see us tonight. Our fans, not that we wouldn’t have lost 16-1, but not the way we lost. This is the big leagues.

“It’s all about perception. And the perception is tonight after we’re down 8-0 the game was over. No disrespect to Tyler Cloyd. None whatsoever. But three hits? Please. We’re better than that.’’

Well, not lately.

David Wright and Ike Davis refuted the notion the players quit. Both spoke in cliché, saying this is their job and the players work hard in preparation.

Neither was convincing. The only thing convincing about last night were all the empty seats.

7 thoughts on “Terry Collins Throws Mets Under Bus; Himself, Too.

  1. Its refreshing to see somebody not giving the old “We battled” line again. I dont know if they have given up but losing has become a habit for this team. I feel sorry for Collins but i feel more sorry for long suffering mets fans for having to put up with this crap every year.
    Everybody knows Wally is going to be the next manager. Might as well start next year and clear out the coaches too. Wally attitude is just what this bunch of losers need. cant come soon enough for me.

  2. I like Collins. I do. But you bring up an interesting question regarding Wally.

    I think losing in the last half decade wears on you. The first half was great, then the injuries and the slide.

    They just need better talent. Especially the OF.

  3. All the grit in the world would not make this team win. So Wally isn’t going to make a difference. Talent is what wins ballgames, not a “fiery” manager.The greatest manager of all time would be hard pressed to win with this collection of players they are trotting out onto the field.
    Why is it that everyone thinks Wally Backman is going to be such a hit as manager? His temperment is similar to Collins, who has been unable to do much. Even Bobby V had some extremely talented players on the roster mixed with the Benny Agbayani’s and McEwing’s.
    Sorry, I just don’t see Wally as a cure all. Nostalgia is fine, in certain instances.

    Heck, I would rather have Gardenhire, who has at least had success at the ML level. Of course it helped that he had some talented Twins teams.

    • Ed: Gardenhire is a terrific manager, one of the best. I can’t see the Twins letting him go, regardless of how bad they have been lately. … I hear you on Backman, but it does seem the organization is setting him up to succeed Collins when he leaves.-JD