He had three pages of notes, but wanted to pare that down to a half-page. When he’s done editing, manager Terry Collins will have the heart of the message he was planning to deliver to his team. Collins will talk to his club this morning, the first time all 58 spring-training attendees are required to be in the same room. "I want to treat them like they’re good major league players, which they are," Collins said, "and not make it sound like we have guys in that room that don’t belong, ‘cause that’s not true." Santana decision Collins said general manager Sandy Alderson will address Johan Santana’s desire to pitch in the World Baseball Classic this morning. Santana repeatedly has said he would love to pitch for Venezuela, but the Mets would prefer he focus on the regular season. On Sunday night, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman said via Twitter that Santana will not pitch in the WBC. Briefs Collins will not put Santana and Jon Niese back-to-back in the rotation this season because he wants to separate his two lefties. Santana is scheduled to get the opening-day nod. Niese would slide into the No. 3 spot. … Another day passed, but there was no resolution on the Jenrry Mejia issue. Mejia remains the subject of an investigation by customs officials, an investigation the Mets have said they believe to be random. … Wilfredo Tovar, the only other late player, arrived Saturday afternoon, Collins said. … After undergoing physicals Sunday morning, Mets position players were given the rest of the day off. … The team held its annual team-bonding bowling night Sunday.
Terry Collins will address team
Bergen Record | Feb 18