Mets manager Collins learning how to manage Wright

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 16, 2012
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.'' Last year owner Fred Wilpon came off as less-than-enthusiastic about Wright during interviews with The New Yorker, calling him ''a really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.'' With Wright now hitting a major league-leading .408, Wilpon said Wednesday: ''I think he's playing like a superstar right now.'' Tuesday's game was the second time this season Collins took the longterm view on the Mets' best player. In April, he took Wright out of the lineup before a game after learning that the third baseman injured a finger diving back to a base. X-rays later showed a small fracture, and Wright was held out while it healed. At the time, Collins said he didn't want to watch Wright try to play through the injury. Last season, Wright played with a stress fracture in his lower back that sapped his power and his average until he sat out from mid-May until late July. So Wright sat out for three games. Then he came back and homered on the first pitch he saw, and now he leads the majors with a .408 average. Of course, if there had been a more realistic chance of the Mets winning the game, Wright wouldn't have gone anywhere. ''If the game was 3-3, he was hitting,'' Collins said. ''And he probably would have had to wear one for the club.'' That's just the way Wright would have wanted it. ''Terry and I have a great relationship, Wright said. ''I love playing for him.'' Reds manager Dusty Baker didn't want to address Collins' decision, but he wasn't surprised to hear that Wright wanted to take one for the team. ''That sounds like David Wright to me,'' Baker said. ''That's the kind of cat you want.''
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFLPA keeping close tabs on Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville

Report: Cardinals interested in White Sox ace Jose Quintana

Chip Kelly: ‘No question’ Colin Kaepernick can win at NFL level

Jason Garrett openly questions Tony Romo’s durability

MLB partners with Jessica Alba company for team diaper line

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kevin Durant targets backlash over resting players

North Carolina lawmakers tweak HB2 law before NCAA deadline

Stephanie McMahon would love Ronda Rousey to sign with WWE

Carmelo Anthony knows he is being phased out with Knicks

Jerry Jones sets deadline for decision on Tony Romo’s future with Cowboys

Jason Kidd believes Isaiah Thomas is in NBA MVP race

The 'It appears as if the Padres aren't even pretending to try in 2017' quiz

NFL Roundup: Jay Cutler wasted a perfectly good sendoff photo

Box Score 3/30: The calm before the final days of March Madness

The 'So, is this the last ride for the Dead Man?' quiz

Athletes in other sports (or famous professions) who played in the NCAA Tournament

2016 MLB playoff teams that won't make it back this season

Box Score 3/29: Free hats (Caps fans only)

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'It appears as if the Padres aren't even pretending to try in 2017' quiz

NFL Roundup: Jay Cutler wasted a perfectly good sendoff photo

Athletes in other sports (or famous professions) who played in the NCAA Tournament

The 'So, is this the last ride for the Dead Man?' quiz

2016 MLB playoff teams that won't make it back this season

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker