Terry Collins, manager of the defending National League champion Mets, doesn’t want to deal with all these newfangled statistics, as Bob Nightengale reports for USA TODAY. The 66-year-old said, “I’m not going to sit there today and look at all of these (bleeping) numbers and try to predict this guy is going to be a great player. OPS this. OPS that. GPS. LCSs. DSDs. You know who has good numbers? Good (bleeping) players.”
Collins continued, “That’s why to me the (Yoenis) Cespedes signing was good for us. He changed our team last year. He makes our lineup legitimate. This guy is going to hit 25 to 30 homers. He’s going to drive in 100 runs. That’s what he does. Those are the numbers I like.”
Perhaps it isn’t Collins’ job to thumb through pages of statistics every day, but with the state of the game as it is today, it is his job to interpret the conclusions and decisions made by the Mets’ front office and convey that in a way that resonates with his players. So maybe he doesn’t care about Jerry Blevins‘ OPS against left-handed hitters but he needs to understand and communicate to Blevins why he shouldn’t be facing too many right-handers.
Furthermore, maybe Collins is right that he doesn’t have any reason to look beyond the numbers with which he’s grown accustomed, like RBI. But if he’s using flawed stats like RBI and that leads him to make erroneous decisions, then his stubbornness will be hurting his team. If I’m GM Sandy Alderson, I’m reading Collins’ comments with consternation.