Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 5/15/13
When the Mets hired Terry Collins, he was 62 years old and had not managed in the majors in a dozen years. His hiring was never about being a long-term answer. Instead, he was supposed to bring professionalism back to the position and help transition to a new era. He was a caretaker. Webster’s defines caretaker as: one that gives physical or emotional care and support. Yesterday, Collins trampled all over the idea of being a caretaker. Rather than offering that type of care, he continued to act cavalierly about one of his players – Jordany Valdespin – and even worse he dismissed the fans. “I don’t answer to fans,” he remarked, and no amount of spin from the Mets’ broadcasters is going to make that comment go away or reduce its significance. No one expected the 2013 Mets to contend for a division title. What we did expect was the team to be not so listless in nearly every department. In their last 17 games they are 4-13 and they are on a five-game losing streak, one that figures
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