New York Mets: Angel Hernandez

Collins explains why ump laughed at him

June, 21, 2014

Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports Umpire Gary Cederstrom ejects Terry Collins on June 11 when the manager continued to argue after the play already had been reviewed by replay officials.
MIAMI -- Remember when Terry Collins was ejected at Citi Field 10 days ago for taking the field to confront umpire Gary Cederstrom after a fifth-inning play already had been reviewed by replay officials?

Collins finally explained Saturday why Cederstrom was laughing immediately after the manager came out to argue.

It was assumed by observers that Collins must have asked to be ejected, knowing full well that he was prohibited from taking the field to complain after the play was adjudicated by MLB’s replay officials.

The real reason?

“He laughed because I called him by the wrong name, and I’ve known him for 40 years,” Collins said. “I called him Jerry and not Gary and he laughed.”

Even though television replays showed Taylor Teagarden beat out the disputed fifth-inning play, first-base umpire Angel Hernandez’s original out call stood after a replay review.

Collins said he has paid a “big fine” for arguing after the play was reviewed. Managers are prohibited from continuing to dispute decisions at that point.

Collins wrote a note with his fine payment saying Cederstrom did a good job in allowing the manager to vent, since Cederstrom knew Collins was in the right after seeing replays on the scoreboard.

“I saw the replay 10 times. And he’s safe,” Collins said Saturday, continuing to express dismay that the play was not reversed after being challenged. “When I first went out there [after the unsuccessful replay review], I said, ‘I know you’ve got to toss me.’”

Terry Collins still mentioning 90-wins goal

March, 22, 2014
JUPITER, Fla. -- Terry Collins is not shying away from the goal Sandy Alderson stated in an internal meeting of winning 90 games this season.

After Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores and Ike Davis all went deep in a 10-2 rout against the Miami Marlins on Saturday, Collins noted the Mets will need power throughout their lineup to reach that win total.

"We need it out of eight guys," Collins said. "We aren't going to win 90 waiting for 2, 3, 4 and 5 to do all the damage. It's got to be throughout the lineup."

As for d'Arnaud, who snapped an 0-for-21 Grapefruit League drought with the second-inning long ball against Brad Hand, Collins said: "We know he's got the power. It was a good swing for him. Hopefully it does get him to relax a little bit. But I don't want him swinging for the fences, either. When we got this guy in the deal, it was the power to right-center field that made him special."

Short coming: Flores is projected to open the season playing shortstop and second base at Triple-A Las Vegas. He logged his fourth Grapefruit League start at shortstop Saturday and handled the plays, which were largely routine. Flores had not been used at shortstop since 2011 until this spring training.

Flores went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored while upping his spring average to .244.

"We know he can hit," Collins said. "It's whether or not we think he's ready to play shortstop every day."

Ump impressed: Collins said even plate umpire Angel Hernandez was impressed with Bartolo Colon, who limited the Marlins to two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

"Angel came over and he said he's had him before in games, but he's not sure he's ever seen that much movement," Collins said. "He was really, really effective today."

As for Colon producing a run-scoring single his third at-bat, Collins joked: "He may hit fifth if he continues to hit good. I was just impressed. As I told you earlier in the spring: This guy is a better athlete than what he's teasing you about. So don't get too caught up in that. This guy has got great feet. He's got great hands."

Colon lightly ran on what normally would have been an infield single in his fourth and final at-bat Saturday.

"I told him not to get cute," Collins said. "The one thing we don't need is a blown calf or a blown hamstring right now in a game that doesn't matter."

Murph says walk is legit

May, 15, 2011

Daniel Murphy

Second Base
New York Mets


2011 Season Stats
36 3 12 16 .311 .248
Daniel Murphy said he is not a con man.

While it appeared Murphy walked on only three balls during a sixth-inning plate appearance, Murphy said that wasn't the case. Although it went largely unnoticed, Murphy said second-base ump Angel Hernandez called a ball on Aneury Rodriguez for going to his mouth -- the third ball charged to Rodriguez during the encounter.

"I don't know. I wasn't paying attention," Murphy initially said about what happened. "I heard, 'Balk.' And then, '3-1.' I guess that's what Angel said -- ['ball']. It went from 2-1 to 3-1. It was a four-ball walk."



Bartolo Colon
15 4.09 151 202
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187