Thursday, September 1, 2011
Collins not concerned about ownership
By Mike Mazzeo
Terry Collins says the uncertain ownership situation is beyond his control, so he’s just going to move on and manage the Mets.
After all, that’s all Collins really can do.
“When I took this job, I was going to try and stay out of stuff that I have no control over, that doesn’t include me,” Collins said on Thursday, the day the Mets broke off negotiations with potential minority owner David Einhorn. “(I knew) going in that there’s a lot to this job on the outside away from the field, but I’m responsible for the promotion of this team, the play of this team and that’s pretty much where I leave it.
“Yes, am I informed on things going on? Of course. But Jeff (Wilpon) was just in and just said, ‘Look, I want you to know we’re moving forward, and it’s business as usual as far as you’re concerned.’
“And I said, ‘I didn’t expect to hear anything else of you, except that.’
“You know, this is their team and I respect them and I think they’ll do what’s right, and I’ll try to win baseball games with the guys that we’ll have.”
Collins said he didn’t think it was necessary to address his team about the news. He declined to discuss any specifics of his meeting with Wilpon.
“Business as usual,” Collins said.
Collins said he spoke with Einhorn twice.
“He was very energetic, very excited about that opportunity,” Collins said. “He said he hoped it was going to get done, and he wanted to come in and talked baseball. That was pretty much the extent of it.”
Collins was asked if he was concerned about the team’s direction going forward.
“Not from me there’s not,” Collins replied. “I talked to the coaches today a little bit after we got here, and certainly it was news.
“They asked me, ‘What do you think that means?’ I said it means that when we walk into spring training next year and look on the top of the lockers, we have to get those guys as good as we can them. That’s our jobs, no matter who’s names are up there.
“This has nothing to do with us. We can’t worry about it. You wanna talk about it go ahead, but we can’t take it on the field. We gotta go out and worry about what we have.”
• Shortstop Jose Reyes, who is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season, said it’s “too soon” to discuss his future.
“It’s still too soon like I told you guys before. It’s still too soon,” Reyes said. “I don’t have a plan yet to see what’s going on after the season. I still haven’t sat down with my agent yet. Like I said, it’s still too soon to talk about what’s going to happen. We’ll have to wait and see until after the season.
“I mean, for right now we have some real good talent here. Right now, I’m just focusing on finishing the season strong and helping this team the last month of the season to hopefully play .500 baseball or better. So that’s my attitude right now.”
Reyes was asked if the uncertainty surrounding the organization was “alarming.”
“Like I told you guys, I don’t worry about that man,” Reyes said. “Right now, my concern is staying on the field and finishing the season strong. Whatever happens after, so I don’t pay any attention to what’s going on. I just worry about going on the field and giving it 100 percent everyday.”
• Starter R.A. Dickey said, “At this moment, I’m neither anxious nor curious” about the uncertainty.
“Ask me again in spring training, and you might get a different answer,” Dickey said. “But the truth of it is, for me, in this moment, I’m neither curious nor anxious about it.”