Terry Collins is learning how to manage David Wright's work ethic and sense of accountability.
For the second time this season, Collins made a decision meant to make sure the Mets' best player stays healthy and productive, even if Wright objected. After a Mets reliever hit Milwaukee's best player, Ryan Braun, with a pitch, Wright wanted to make sure that he was the one who got hit by a retaliatory pitch.
Collins wanted no part of that. Not with the Mets trailing 8-0. So he sent up a pinch-hitter, and explained to Wright what was happening. An animated discussion between star and manager in the dugout followed.
''He wasn't angry at me, he was angry at the situation,'' Collins said Wednesday. ''I'm not surprised he reacted the way he did. He knew it was his job to take one.''
Said Wright: ''Everything's good. Everything's good. Done and over with.''
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