Last night I had the honor to participate in a bloggers only conference call with Mets manager, Terry Collins last night. Here are some of the highlights from the call.
Keeping players on the field is his biggest concern
On managing a season as opposed to a game:
It’s more important to manage for the season because you can easily burn out your bullpen
Almost all his players have impressed him – but he is most impressed with Carlos Beltran’s unselfish move to Right Field which defused what could have possibly turned into a contentious situation.
On the importance of getting off to a quick start :
Sandy feels that winning breeds confidence – it is important for the team to get off to a quick start, but in the end all games are important, whether they are played in April or October.
On keeping the team motivated :
Breeding confidence during the tough times and getting guys to step up to the situation.
His thoughts on how making sure the team is consistant both at home and on the road:
He says they have to use the negativity as a as a motivational tool, the team needs adjust accordingly whether at home or on the road .
On the use of Francisco Rodriguez:
Francisco will be used for more than one inning if needed, but not more than two.
On managing the workload of everyday players:
Beltran will play 5 out of 7 games per week and he will not be afraid to rest players, because he wants them to remain fresh in order to avoid late summer swoons .
On being considered a players manager:
He is humbled by the label – especially since that was not always the case. He feels he has learned that he must keep the players positive and he believes this is a very good team.
On the Mets offensive strategy :
He will manage the game according to the situation, he feels he has to use Citi Field to his advantage. He believes in small ball when necessary.
His approach on arguing calls with umpires :
He feels that the umpires are feeling the pressure of instant replay and have shorter fuses . He’s a emotional guy and he will defend his players.
On what he has learned this Spring training:
He has learned to put his players into positive situations, so they can succeed. He believes this is a good team
On the importance of pitch counts :
He feels that for the most part on most occasions there is no real concern about pitch counts – but he also takes into account how the opposing team is adjusting to his pitcher before deciding whether to take him out of the game.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Mets middle reliever from the ’91 season, Terry Bross is 45 (1966).
The New York Mets traded pitchers, Bill Denehy and Dean Chance to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher, Jerry Robertson on March 30, 1971.
The New York Mets released utility infielder, Jesus Alou on March 30, 1976. He is the uncle of former Mets outfielder, Moises Alou.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Benny Ayala to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league second baseman, Doug Clarey on March 30, 1977.
The New York Mets traded minor leagues, Gene Autrey and Ken Reed to the Chicago White Sox for middle reliever, Randy Niemann on March 30, 1985.
The New York Mets traded reliever, Terry Bross to the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher, Craig Bullock, on March 30, 1992.
The New York Mets traded hard luck starting pitcher, Anthony Young and minor league and minor league pitcher Ottis Smith to the Chicago Cubs for shortstop, Jose Vizcaino on March 30, 1994.
The New York Mets traded minor league pitcher, Steven Long to the Florida Marlins for spot starter/middle reliever, Robert Person on March 30, 1994.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Endy Chavez to the Kansas City Royals for minor league outfielder, Mike Curry on March 30, 2001.
The New York Mets claimed utility infielder, Wilson Valdez on waivers from the Chicago White Sox on March 30, 2005.
The New York Mets signed the Japanese free agent middle reliever, Ken Takahashi on March 30, 2009. Ken basically ended up like almost every pitcher that the Mets imported from the far east – mediocre .
And while you wait patiently for Friday night’s start to the Mets 2011 baseball season, just remember that there are just 2 Bobby Valentine games to go until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami, and only 9 more days left until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn is starting to wonder if Jason Bay is quickly becoming the second coming of, well … HIM !!!!