What a difference a couple days make.
Two and a half days after the New York Mets succumbed to the Kansas City Royals in game 5 of the World Series, the Mets announced they have reached an agreement with manager Terry Collins on a two-year extension. It had to be a bittersweet moment for Collins, who spent the majority of the press conference explaining how he allowed himself to be “bullied” into letting Matt Harvey pitch that fateful ninth inning.
Bill Rhoden was at Citi Field to hear Collins explain the past, while General Manager Sandy Alderson looked toward the future. On the latest episode of Bill Rhoden On Sports, we hear Collins’s explanation and what he would do if faced with the same situation next year.
“I don’t even know if [Harvey] will ask next year. I don’t know if he’ll make such a case about it,” Collins said. “I think it’ll be a little easier.”
We also discuss yesterday’s scary scene, in which Alderson fainted and collapsed to the ground while taking questions from the media. He soon regained consciousness and left under his own power.
Finally, Bill and I talk about the Washington Nationals’ decision to hire Dusty Baker as their new manager. He becomes the only African American manager currently in Major League Baseball, which equals the number of Hispanics holding the same position.
“We’re really happy for Dusty,” Bill explains. “But, we can’t ignore the fact that he only got the job because Bud Black turned it down. There are other really good African American and Hispanic candidates out there who should get a shot at this.”
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