Mets 3B David Wright called his teammates' anonymous comments on manager Terry Collins "cowardly" in a phone interview with The Record on Friday evening.
"That's a real cowardly thing to do," Wright said in the report. "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."
Wright, who has backed Collins through the years, continued by saying that the players should air their grievances out behind closed doors.
"If I've ever had any problems or players I know that if they had any issue, they can march right on down and sit down and man-to-man talk about it.
"For a player to not put his name on the quote and to bash Terry, who has a lot of success for taking us to the playoffs in back-to-back years, in my opinion, that is cowardly and lazy. The man sits 10 feet from you. Go walk in there and say your gripes. Terry has treated us like men and adults."
Collins' contract expires at the end of the season and is expected to part ways with the team.
A report from Marc Carig mentioned that Collins had a fractured relationship with many players. Also, Craig said players believed Collins was tough to communicate with, including one Met who said, "we were all miserable."
Wright has a different opinion on Collins' communication tactics, though.
"Terry does a very nice job of making himself available," Wright said. "He at least tries to say, 'hey pal' or pat you on the shoulder. All you have to to do is say what you need to say, man up, and act like a grown-up.
"I'm sure that there are guys that think they should be playing more or guys that are maybe a little bitter, didn't have the year they expect to have and are looking for others to blame. Terry is always accountable."
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Can anyone blame David Wright for being angry? He's still the Captain of this team -- the one who's supposed to guide all the young players -- and you can imagine he feels a bit of responsibility regarding these negative comments about his manager being anonymously said.
If any players had an issue with Collins, they should have told him right to his face instead of talking to the media about it. You're part of a team, and your manager is part of that team. If you have an issue, go to that person. And that's part of what Wright was trying to advocate -- that this should have been taken care of internally rather than publicly.
As some have argued on Twitter, no, Wright hasn't seen a major league field in a couple of seasons. But he's still the Captain of this team. He's still worked with Collins far longer than these other players. He still knows that you shouldn't kick someone when they're already down. He's supposed to lead this team, and making anonymous comments about the manager isn't the direction they should be led in.
Whether or not you like Terry Collins, these anonymous comments are just unnecessary. We already know that he's likely on his way out -- why add fuel to the fire?