Terry Collins latest Met to be involved in taxi accident

ATLANTA -- The New York Mets might want to consider avoiding taxi cabs.

Terry Collins was a passenger in a taxi that was involved in an accident around dinnertime during Thursday's day off in Atlanta, the manager acknowledged Friday. Collins had a few scrapes on his forehead as well as the left side of his head, but walked two blocks back to the hotel after the accident and did not require a trip to the hospital. He managed Friday's series opener against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field without any apparent ill effects except for the blemishes on his head.

Collins said his head struck the taxi's plexiglass partition after his taxi hit a truck that had unexpectedly stopped in the middle of the road.

"I'd just as soon not talk about it," Collins said.

Collins apparently got off relatively easy compared with a pair of Mets from the past decade.

Reliever Duaner Sanchez's career never was the same after a July 31, 2006 accident as a taxi-cab passenger on Interstate 95 in Miami caused major shoulder damage. Two years earlier, Tom Glavine lost two front teeth when he slammed into the plexiglass partition of his taxi cab during the short drive from LaGuardia Airport to Shea Stadium.