"This kid comes off the field tonight, he hears he's traded, he's upset by it, and I don't know anything about it," Terry Collins told reporters, when asked why he left Flores in the game. "So, I went down and said to him, 'Listen, I don't know what's going on, but you've got a game to play, let's play baseball.'
I've got guys in the dugout reporting this thing and nobody's told me a word. I walk in, there's no deal, OK, so, once again, these guys are susceptible to any of those things being talked about and here's a kid who, everyone in the ballpark thinks he's traded but him, because I haven't said anything to him. How would you react? You guys think these guys are stone-cold robots, but they're not. They're human beings with emotions. This kid's upset. ... Hopefully he can move past this and get ready for tomorrow, because we have another game to play." >> Watch Collins talk about Flores in his postgame media session
Matthew Cerrone: Terry's explanation is plausible, since so many clubhouse attendants, trainers, staff, players on the DL, etc., are on their phones, online, watching the broadcast, in the locker room. So, when a unique situation like this goes down, players in the game are going to hear about it. I don't know that there is a right way to do this, since technically the deal wasn't official, leaked and never intended to get to the public as fast as it did. This is why Front Office people all across baseball are growing so frustrated with the speed of reporting.