Found February 24, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
Ruben Tejada seems to have overtaken Copter-gate as the lead story from Mets camp today. Here’s what’s coming in from the beat: Collins had proposed to Tejada to work out in Port St. Lucie in November with organization strength coach Jason (“Nitro”) Craig. Then, the manager suggested, Tejada could go home to Panama for the holidays and return to the Mets’ Florida complex in mid-January to get a very early start with new double-play partner Daniel Murphy. Not only did Tejada not follow through with the voluntary suggestions, he also largely was unreachable by team personnel during the offseason. ~ ESPN New York But in the interim, his manager cannot contain his disappointment at Tejada’s visa-related delay in leaving his native Panama. For the second consecutive camp, Terry Collins expressed his displeasure that one of his infielders did not report to camp before the designated date this weekend. Collins explained his feelings were due to “my own selfishness,” but made his opinion o...

Tejada still not in camp, Collins still displeased; I’ll reserve judgement

This afternoon at Port St. Lucie, Terry Collins spoke with reporters and the topic of Ruben Tejada not being in camp came up once again.  According to MetsBlog’s Michael Baron, Collins said he intends to speak with the shortstop about his early absence from camp when he arrives. There’s a process here when ‘you’re the guy. Tejada is a big part of the puzzle. Maybe it’s...

Ruben Tejada arrives in camp

A couple days after Terry Collins voiced his displeasure over Ruben Tejada not being in camp early, the Mets new starting shortstop arrived in Port St. Lucie.  I’m not really sure how big of a deal this issue is, I mean if Collins is expecting a 22-year-old kid to lead by example then I think he may be asking a bit much. #bbpBox_173764300190654464 a { text-decoration:none; color...

Morning Notes: Tejada In Camp, Johan and Ike Updates

And the beat goes on… Most of the players will complete their physicals today as they get ready for their first official full squad workout on Monday. Terry Collins will set the tone for his camp and address the troops beforehand. Ruben Tejada arrived to Digital Domain Park this morning and met with Terry Collins at 8:00 AM to clear the air. The manager wanted Tejada at the team’s...

Mets' Tejada remains in Panama while trying to obtain visa

Terry Collins knows that Ruben Tejada is not late. He also knows that the young man who will replace Jose Reyes has already impressed with hustle and precocious baseball instincts. The manager even called himself “selfish” for wishing that Tejada was already in Port St. Lucie. But still, despite all those qualifications, Collins’ visceral desire remains: He wants Tejada in camp, now.

Mets' Ruben Tejada delayed by visa problem, testing Terry Collins' patience

Mets experience first mini-controversy of camp

Terry Collins On Setting Lineup, Is It Already Set For Opening Day?

Terry Collins has been very vocal early this Spring.  He is making decisions early for the starting lineup, and it appears that he wants his players to know where they stand, and use Spring Training to prepare themselves for their role come opening day. Today he said that he “expects Ike Davis to hit 4th and Bay to hit 5th in the lineup”. Davis is the most logical player to...

Here We Go Again

You know, it was ridiculous when it was being tossed around last season, and even without the hyper-critical masses it's ridiculous now. But here we are, the reason I hate spring training ... too big a deal being made out of somebody not showing up to camp early. This time, the "culprit" is Ruben Tejada. And the man partly responsible for turning molehill into mountain...

Serby's Sunday Q & A with... Terry Collins

With the exhibition season on the horizon, Post columnist Steve Serby pitched some questions to Mets manager Terry Collins. Q: How fiery and emotional will you be when you address your team tomorrow? A: I’ve been a fiery guy my entire life. I don’t expect to change. What...

Mets Jambalinka: Terry Collins, Charlie Samuels, Ken Boswell

During the offseason, Ryan Braun failed a drug test and was suspended for 50 games. He immediately appealed and this week his suspension was lifted by an arbitrator, supposedly over chain-of-command issues. After the decision, Braun issued the following statement, as originally quoted by AP writer Ronald Blum: “We provided complete cooperation throughout, despite the highly...

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Gee whiz! Dillon to start spring opener, Johan to follow

Terry Collins announced on Saturday that Dillon Gee will start the Grapefruit League opener on March 5, at Digital Domain Park against Washington.
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