In the Daily News, John Harper says that, despite all of their talk about fundamentals, the Sandy-Alderson, Terry Collins Mets look just as sloppy as Omar Minaya’s and Jerry Manuel’s Mets.
Similarly, in a report for ESPN New York yesterday, Adam Rubin pointed out that while Collins spent plenty of time this past Spring working with his team on ‘the fundamentals,’ Art Howe, Jerry Manuel and Willie Randolph all did the exact-same thing.
Matthew Cerrone: This edition of the Mets is going to look a little like the previous edition because 13 people on the 25-man roster, not to mention Jason Bay and Johan Santana, were all acquired or promoted by Minaya. I mean, for the most part, the entire starting lineup also played for Manuel. I like what Collins brings to the team, but he’s not a wizard. All he can do is work to change how this team prepares, while putting them in the best position to succeed (and not fail). After that, it’s up to the players.
Frank Catalanotto: Actually, I think every team is different. I was on some teams where it took a month or two during the season before we were all on the same page. Then, I was on some teams where day 1 of Spring Training guys were on track. However, with this Mets team, there are some new guys that are in there and so I think it’s going to take a little time for them. But, from what I heard, Terry Collins does a great job with that and he really taught and went over the fundamentals during Spring Training. So, I think it won’t be long before they’re all on the same page.
Frank Catalanotto is from Smithtown, LI. He played 14 seasons in the big-leagues, his final with the Mets. To learn more about his new book, Title of the Book, click here.