Mets GM Sandy Alderson on Saturday expressed his disappointment over the recent anonymous comments regarding Terry Collins and the team's front office in what he said was an "unfair" article by Marc Carig of Newsday.
Multiple sources told Carig that Collins had a poor relationship with many players and ignored directives from the front office. Carig also reported, citing sources, that the Mets' front office was prevented from making a change at manager.
Alderson ripped those who made the anonymous claims and pushed back against much of it, saying he is "totally happy" with his relationship with Mets' ownership.
"If I knew who it was, they would be terminated," Alderson said.
The Mets' GM further said the developments overshadowed seven years of service by Collins and that any relationship will have its ups an downs. He said the team's success during Collins' tenure "speaks for itself."
Among other things, some anonymous quotes indicated Collins "has run players into the ground" and "has always been difficult to communicate with." Younger players reportedly took issue with the way Collins would be critical of them in interviews without notifying them.
Mets 3B David Wright, who spoke on the phone this week with The Record, called the anonymous comments "cowardly"
"That's a real cowardly thing to do," Wright said. "I've been around Terry for seven years. A lot of these guys have been around him for a number of years, some guys dating to the minors. I'm not here to sit and blindly defend every move that Terry has made over last seven years. We've all made mistakes and done things that we wish we could go back and do differently."
Alderson did take the blame for the team's dysfunction as of late.
"I'm the leader of this group," he said. "I feel responsible for every aspect of its operation, particularly in those areas where we may fall short."