Terry Collins had a DUI in 2002, but does that mean anything?

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This is news to me. Joe Janish of Mets Today has information about Terry Collins’ 2002 DUI arrest in Augusta, Georgia.

Here’s part of the story that ran in the Augusta Chronicle, which I was also able to find on Baseball America.

Former major league manager Terry Collins was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The 53-year-old Collins, in his first year as minor league field coordinator with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was stopped by police on the 3100 block of Washington Road, a major Augusta thoroughfare, around 2 a.m.

Collins, who managed the Astros (1994-96) and Angels (1997-99), was also charged with operating an unsafe vehicle and driving without a license on his person.

Janish writes that the purpose of the post was not to smear Collins’ reputation, but to put everyone on an equal playing field. And by “everyone,” he means Wally Backman. We all know about Backman’s legal troubles by now, so to ignore Collins’ past mistakes would be pretty hypocritical, but the fact that Collins also has a DUI arrest doesn’t Backman anymore qualified for the Mets’ managerial job than he was yesterday.

As a Mets fan, I’m not leaning towards one candidate in particular here. I felt the same way back in 2004 before Omar Minaya settled on Willie Randolph. Part of this is because Bobby Valentine is the only potential candidate who would get me excited (what can I say, he’s the last manager to get the Mets to the World Series), but also because I care much more about the composition of the team on the field. But, honestly, comparing Backman’s baseball resume to that of Collins is largely apples and oranges.

That won’t stop Backman supporters from blaming the media if he doesn’t get a second interview, which is the exact reason why I decided to post this information this morning. I want everyone to be aware that Collins had a DUI in 2002. I hope the beat reporters and New York sports talk radio jump all over this story. If, despite all that, Collins comes back for a second interview and eventually ends up getting the job, it will tell you that Sandy Alderson’s decision had more to do with baseball than anything else.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.