So in a storm that you could feel coming, palpably, in his press conferences, Terry Collins let loose on Mets fans prior to Tuesday night’s 10-4 loss to the Cardinals.“I don’t answer to fans. They don’t play this game,” Collins said during his pregame press conference, answering Jordany Valdespin questions. “They have no idea what goes on. They have no idea what goes on in there. They have absolutely no idea what it means to be a professional teammate at this level.”
It feels like misdirected anger. The fans actually haven’t turned on Collins, despite the team’s 14-22 mark (though with comments like that, his support is likely to change). If Collins truly wanted to go after the source of his problems, he’d complain about the ownership who has so stripped the team of its ability to field a full organizational complement of talent that a player like Valdespin needs to be kept in the first place.
Jordany Valdespin will be 26 in December. His career line is .235/.289/.425. And he isn’t close to average defensively at any position.
He is a prospect in the sense that he offers more upside than Marlon Byrd or Rick Ankiel, the 33-year-old the Mets just signed to play instead of Valdespin in center field against righties.
He is not a prospect in any kind of real sense. And the Mets, by simultaneously making it clear they’d like to be rid of him and keeping him around, have made it clear how much of the organizational plan calls for, by necessity, playing whatever happens to be around.
This is not homegrown planning. This is casting into the sofa cushions planning.
The fans know it. Terry Collins knows it. And if Collins actually voiced the real source of his problems, he’d be out of a job today.
But instead, by going after the fans ownership desperately needs to show up enough for them to at least make the case for more time to their lenders, he’s alienating his one potential ally, unless you think his players are going to improve anytime soon.