TC doesn't plan underdog speech

February, 17, 2013
2/17/13
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Terry Collins plans to address his squad at 9 a.m. Monday, before the Mets head outdoors for their first full-squad workout of spring training.

Collins made it clear he does not want to start preaching the Mets are underdogs, despite the strength of the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves and even Philadelphia Phillies.

"I have about three pages of things I want to say," Collins said. "And I'm ready to condense it down to about half a page. I'm going to sit down tonight and think about some things. And tomorrow morning when I get in I'll make the final judgment of what I really think needs to be said, and make it a little not so in-depth on some things -- a little bit shorter.

"I want to treat them like they're good major league players, which they are, and not make it sound like we have guys in that room that don't belong -- because that's not true."

• Double-A shortstop Wilfredo Tovar arrived in Port St. Lucie on Saturday, as required. The lone player not in camp is Jenrry Mejia, who has a visa issue.

• The Mets' Sunday night bowling pairings include one lane with David Wright, Jeff Wilpon, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter and bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello. Another lane features Zack Wheeler, Travis d'Arnaud, Josh Edgin, Collin McHugh and Jamie Hoffmann.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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