Found February 23, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
On Tuesday, Grant Brisbee of SB Nation posted who he feels are the four players that have the biggest shoes to fill in 2012. Among them he listed the Mets’ Ruben Tejada who of course will replace Jose Reyes. Here is what he writes: Tejada has been kicking around the Mets’ roster for the last two years, capably handling a reserve/utility role whenever injuries dictated. He seems like he should be 29 — a guy with callouses on his backside from riding 100s of busses, who finally broke camp with a team one spring and never looked back. He should be 29. He’s 22. The Mets brought him up to get sporadic playing time when he was 20 for some reason, and that continued last year, when he finished with a .360 OBP. A brief list of middle infielders who cracked a .350 OBP before they turned 22: Alex Rodriguez Edgar Renteria Delino DeShields Jerry Browne Lou Whitaker Willie Randolph Joe Morgan Cass Michaels Pee Wee Reese Bobby Doerr Arky Vaughn Rogers Hornsby Donie Bush Larry Doyle That’s it. T...

Collins Really Irked By Tejada’s Absence

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...

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...

Mets Notes: Ike Is Cleared, Tejada Has Collins Concerned, Murphy Knocked Some Out Today

Earlier today, Mets first baseman Ike Davis was sent to New York to be examined by team doctors as a follow up to his physical, which the team said had nothing to do with his ankle. The Mets are now reporting that Davis has been cleared to resume workouts and is is expected to be back in camp tomorrow. ”They wanted to do a double-check on some things,” Collins said. “We...

Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada delayed by minor visa issue

Tejada expected in camp on time

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

Collins had hoped for Tejada's early arrival

Mets manager Terry Collins is not pleased with shortstop Ruben Tejada's decision to wait until the reporting deadline to show up to camp. Tejada plans to obtain his travel papers Thursday in his native Panama, before arriving at Mets camp Saturday -- the deadline for position players to report.

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...

Collins: Tejada can be ‘special’

PORT ST. LUCIE — Ruben Tejada isn’t due in camp until Saturday, but manager Terry Collins already has a motivational speech waiting for the Mets’ new starting shortstop.“Jose Reyes is a great player, we’re going to miss him,” Collins said yesterday. “But this young man who is going...

Collins to Tejada: Early bird catches the worm

PORT ST. LUCIE — After Ruben Tejada just beats the clock today and reports to Mets camp before the deadline for position players, manager Terry Collins expects to have a chat with his new starting shortstop.“I’m going to explain to him there’s a process here when you’re...
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