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Collins was wrong -- but he was right

Ranting about fans obscured Mets manager's valid insight on Valdespin plunking

Updated: May 15, 2013, 5:59 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

ST. LOUIS -- Inelegant in its wording? Most definitely. You cannot win taking on the fans, especially in New York.

But New York Mets manager Terry Collins' underlying point of view about the Jordany Valdespin-hit-by-pitch-issue-that-just-won't-go-away is not incorrect. And his statement is not the final nail in the coffin as manager.

Collins -- angered by a story incorrectly alleging Valdespin pleaded not to be forced to step into the batter's box as a pinch hitter in ...

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