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Terry Collins suggests that Carlos Beltran get selfish with men on, but how can you covet the little men who aren't there?

Earlier today, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Mets manager Terry Collins has encouraged Carlos Beltran to be selfish in RBI situations:

Since baseball is an individual game wrapped in a team concept, selfishness by Beltran and Reyes actually could be a good thing. I heard that with Wright and Ike Davis out of the lineup and Jason Bay still in freefall, Terry Collins actually went to Beltran recently and told the switch-hitter to get greedy in RBI situations. The Mets manager liberated Beltran to essentially become an RBI whore.

As Craig Calcaterra suggested, the whole concept of the “RBI whore” is questionable, because when is a player trying not to drive in a run in an RBI situation? This is not “Bartleby, the Ballplayer”—no hitter, confronted with ducks on the pond, says, “I would prefer not to.” The only possibility I can think of is that Collins is suggesting that Beltran expand his strike zone with runners on, hack away instead of taking close pitches and working a walk. This hasn’t been a big issue for Beltran so far—he’s taken all of eight walks in 53 PAs with runners in scoring position, leaving him swinging away 85 percent of the time. Still, it’s possible that Collins is gripped by the same questionable thinking that confronted Ted Williams back in his day, that a walk taken with runners in scoring position was a wasted opportunity.

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May 24, 2011 9:00 am

Clubhouse Confidential: Bend It Like Halladay


Marc Carig

Pitchers have gotten bent, causing hitters to complain about too much tail.

NEW YORK—Mets manager Terry Collins caught a glimpse of the evolution in relief pitcher Bobby Parnell.

It happened sometime last year when both were at Triple-A Buffalo, Collins as the team's minor league field coordinator, and Parnell as the ninth-round draft pick with a fastball that routinely tickles the triple digits. Collins had seen the flame-throwing type before, although during his time in the game, they have become much more common.

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The Mets' Terry Collins gets another long-awaited opportunity to manage at 61, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

Terry Collins understands he has a public perception problem. The new Mets manager is portrayed as somewhat of a madman because of the way he left his last managerial job more than a decade ago, resigning from the Angels late in the 1999 season not long after signing a two-year contract extension because of clubhouse unrest that bordered on mutiny.

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January 26, 2010 12:12 pm

You Could Look It Up: The Statheads vs. Blondy Ryan


Steven Goldman

Lighting up reaction reliant on straw men with a handy historical example.

Last week, the normally excellent LoHud Yankees Blog had an entry by a guest columnist named Yair Rosenberg. Rosenberg's topic is a sadly typical one, "the tendency of statistical measures to unintentionally obscure the human side of baseball." He proceeds to set up a straw man that he can knock down:

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Two, two, two bags in one! How do managers employ this high-reward tactic?

--Cubs manager Lou Piniella showing his affection for the double steal

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July 24, 1998 12:00 am

PAP Scores Revisited


Rany Jazayerli

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