As Mets Crawl to the Finish, Sandy Alderson Stands Up for Terry Collins

Alderson acknowledged that some of the players’ comments may have stemmed from the frustrations of a losing season. He added that he was “exceptionally disappointed” with anyone in the Mets’ front office who had spoken disparagingly of Collins in the reports and that he would fire them if he discovered who they were.

Alderson said that the articles had diminished “seven years of outstanding service” by Collins and that the reports were “a disservice to Terry.” He also said the anonymous quotes suggested insufficient discipline and structure within the Mets’ organization.

The fact that Alderson made such remarks on the final weekend of the regular season emphasized how much went wrong for the Mets this year. Much of that had to do with an onslaught of injuries. Alderson bristled at the published suggestion that Collins’s bullpen decisions had contributed to the team’s physical setbacks.

Instead, Alderson said, any failures by the Mets this year — including the workplace culture that led to the anonymous bashing — should be laid at his feet.

“I’m the leader of this group,” he said. “I feel responsible for the many aspects of this operation, particularly in the areas where we may fall short.”

The published reports suggested that Collins would probably have been dismissed before now were it not for protection provided by the Mets owner, Fred Wilpon, and implied that the front office had often been frustrated by Collins.

“I’m not going to get into internal discussions,” Alderson said when reporters asked about the front office’s relationship with Collins. “Any time you have a seven-year relationship, you have disagreements. There are ups and downs.”

At one point, Alderson said that the Mets were continuing to look at why so many injuries had occurred and that the team was considering changes in its structure that would address that and other issues. Over the past few weeks, he said, he conducted exit interviews with many players to talk about their performances, and to hear their concerns and suggestions.

After Alderson spoke, the Mets beat the Phillies, 7-4, in 11 innings. It was the 161st game of a season they would surely like to forget.

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