Usually we link to articles over in The Garden but this one is just explosive and needs to be seen by everyone. Marc Carig is about as connected as you can get. Not only is he a beat reporter but he’s a regular in the radio booth, which would appear to be signed off on by someone in the organization. Regardless, there are a ton of things that deserve discussion but let’s just highlight a few.
People with knowledge of the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described organizational dysfunction, discord between Collins and his players, and a broken relationship between the manager and the front office.
At least two myths busted right here. The narrative has always been how much Collins had the clubhouse under control. And the speculation was that Collins merely carried water for Sandy Alderson. So much for those thoughts.
Despite what the front office perceived as Collins’ constant tactical blunders and concerns about his relationships with the players, sources said efforts to explore a change seriously were thwarted by the elder Wilpon.
We regularly hear about the meddling of Jeff Wilpon but it seems like his dad was the one who kept Collins around. Hey, Fred Wilpon owns the team and he’s entitled to have final say in such matters. But he can’t continue to claim he doesn’t interfere if this is truly the case.
Adding to the frustration, team insiders said, was that Collins created an image through the media as a strong communicator who backs up his players. Players and officials saw that portrayal as inaccurate.
“He has always been difficult to communicate with,” one Met said. “It would be a surprise if he said ‘hey’ to you when you passed each other in the hallway if your name wasn’t [Matt] Harvey or [Yoenis] Cespedes. It’s always been those couple things along with some of the in-game decisions he makes.”
One of my pet peeves is that the media picks and chooses who gets proclaimed as good guys and the fans swallow it hook, line and sinker. We’ve heard overwhelming praise from the media about Collins throughout his tenure. We’ve heard constantly about what a great clubhouse the Mets have, compared to Collins’ previous managerial stops in Houston and Anaheim. Taking Carig’s reporting here at face value, it’s hard to see this as anything but a big fat lie.
Team officials said the Mets would prefer a manager more receptive to analytics with a sense for using the modern bullpen. It’s a skill that will be even more important next season, when an eight-man bullpen could be the norm.
Man, let’s hope that first sentence is true. Let’s hope the second sentence isn’t.
Anyway, read the article in its entirety.
Source: Marc Carig, Newsday