Terry Collins, dead Met walking

Collins, in the Mets' dugout, showing the frustration of butting heads with a front office who rarely told him the full story of Met injuries while he over-relied on some players and had little control over others.

Collins, in the Mets’ dugout, showing the frustration of butting heads with a front office who rarely told him the full story of Met injuries while he over-relied on some players and had little control over others.

In September 2012, after Mets manager Terry Collins exploded in the clubhouse after one nasty blowout only to apologise the next day, I wrote, “Crossing the line between demanding accountability and questioning heart helped turn [Bobby] Valentine’s and the Red Sox’s season into a Rimbaudian nightmare. Collins isn’t about to let himself or his Mets forget the line. Whatever overhauling is or isn’t done come the off-season, it doesn’t seem likely that the manager’s job will be part of it.”

Class in Session, and Other Spring Sprigs . . .

The Mets camp visits by Sandy Koufax---who still loves to teach---remain big spring days . . .

Sandy Koufax has made annuals visits to the New York Mets’ spring training camp in Port St. Lucie for several years. His longtime friendship with beleaguered owner Fred Wilpon is one reason; his longtime friendship with manager Terry Collins has become another. This time, his first spring visit focused on two young Mets pitchers, Bobby Parnell and Matt Harvey. The Hall of Famer talked mechanics with Parnell and confidence with Harvey, who said he was “blown away” by Koufax’s visit.