Mets manager Terry Collins responded on Friday to a report that he ignored directives from the front office regarding how he used the bullpen.
"No," Collins said when asked if he ever heard from the front office about issues with his bullpen usage. "Time to pile on," he added.
Collins also bristled at the notion that misuse by him led to Jeurys Familia's shoulder surgery.
"It's part of the job," Collins said about the overall criticism. "You sit here, you make decisions that you think are in the best interest -- there are certainly a lot of factors involved. We don't send anybody out to hurt anybody. Never have, never will. There's players, the training staff, coaches all have inputs and you make the best decision you think will help make you win."
Collins, who the team is expected to part ways with after the season, had a fractured relationship with many players and had been ignoring directives from the front office, multiple team sources told Marc Carig of Newsday.
According to a team source who spoke to Carig, "Terry has no allies in the front office."
One of the main gripes the front office has with Collins is the way he's overused certain relievers -- often going against the advice of his bosses.
"Once he falls in love with you, he abuses you," one official told Carig. "He has run players into the ground. He has no idea about resting players. Even when you tell him, he doesn't listen."
One anonymous Met told Carig that Collins "has always been difficult to communicate with," with another Met telling Carig "we were all miserable."
Multiple times during his tenure, Collins was protected by Mets owner Fred Wilpon, reports Carig, who says others in the organization wanted to move on.
This season, some of the younger players on the team were bothered by Collins' desire to play veteran players. In addition, notes Carig, Collins "had harbored concerns about certain parts" of the younger players' games, but did not approach the players to discuss it.
Collins resigned as manager of the Angels in 1999 after the players objected to word that Collins would be receiving a contract extension.
The 68-year-old Collins, who was hired by the Mets prior to the 2011 season, has said he does not intend to retire after the season.