Found February 26, 2012 on
In today’s New York Post, Mike Vaccaro weighs in on the little spat over Ruben Tejada reporting to camp. Here’s a short excerpt: “As a parent might, Collins wants Tejada to know he’s not furious at him, he isn’t angry that he didn’t settle his visa issues early enough to be here sooner. No, he’s disappointed. He expected more from Tejada, given what he saw of him last year, so there is a measure of paternal dissatisfaction.” Well, here’s my message to Collins, Vaccaro and anyone else disappointed with Tejada – take your paternal dissatisfaction and use it to wipe off the bottom of your shoes. Because any other use of this dissatisfaction is a waste of time and energy. MLB and the MLBPA have a collectively bargained date by which players are responsible to report to camp. If Collins or anyone else wants players to be in camp earlier, they should make it a priority for their owner in the next CBA negotiations. I cannot stand this attitude that elevates trivial stuff to such import...

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...

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...

Tejada arrives later than Collins wanted

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has reported to spring training camp on time. Still, it was later than manager Terry Collins had anticipated. ''I just think it sends messages. I'm sure he got the message,'' Collins said Sunday. ''He's such a good kid and he was very upset to think he'd messed up. I don't think he understood the urgency...

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...

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...

Collins rallies troops before Mets' first workout

As planned, the Mets' first full-squad workout began Monday with a speech from manager Terry Collins, who conducted an hour-long meeting in a conference room adjacent to the clubhouse. The message was a familiar one: The Mets can be better than most people think.

Mets manager Terry Collins’ trying day ensures bad one for Ruben Tejada

Also, Johan Santana throws successful bullpen session

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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