By Jeremiah Alley
There isn't much I disagree with when it comes to Collins' methods, but in my opinion his handling of Ruben Tejada this spring is not justified. First of all, Collins comes off as being a tad ignorant, considering everyone and their mother knew that Tejada was having visa issues. I think I initially read he was having issues close to three weeks ago. Did Collins have no idea he was having visa issues? I find that hard to believe. If he indeed had no idea then he needs to do a better job of knowing.
The second thing that leaves me scratching my head is that what good is a deadline to report to spring training if no one adheres to it? It is unfair for Collins to hold Tejada to any different standard than any other player in this league, or on the Mets for that matter. Mets position players are required to report on February 25th. If Tejada shows up early that is great. But, he is not required to do so, and it should not be held against him if he does not report early. It is his right to report on the 25th.
To me the situation is akin to taking vacation days at a "regular" job, but your employer demanding that you cut your vacation short and report back to work when you have already arrived at your destination. It does not work like that. You have earned the time off and that should be respected. It may be prudent for Collins to recognize that viewpoint.