One of my favorite scenes in a baseball movie is the “lollygaggers” speech in “Bull Durham.” I’m sure that the movie’s writer, Ron Shelton, at one point during his minor league career, heard a speech a lot like that. I’m guessing you don’t hear that kind of rant very much anymore, if for no other reason than because managers know it well and realize they’ve been successfully pre-parodied out of being taken seriously if they do.
Terry Collins doesn’t care, though. After the Mets got shellacked 9-0 by the hapless Diamondbacks today — who completed a three-game sweep in New York — Collins was hot. Apart from Neil Walker, who he praised for hustle, he was mad about his team’s lack of effort. He starts strong but finishes The second half on fire, channeling Trey Wilson’s Skip and telling his club, through the press, that he’ll ship every last one of ’em out and replace them with someone from Las Vegas if they don’t shape up.
Managers are such middle managers these days. I get why that is and I’d probably want my manager to be a calm guy, channeling the baseball operations staff if I ran a team, but I’m not gonna lie: loved seeing Collins get hot like this:
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CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a blister on the index finger of his right throwing hand.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the timetable for Syndergaard’s return is unknown despite the 15-day designation.
“The physical, the mental, the emotional part, as he’s talked about, has taken a toll on him,” Roberts said. “So, the ability to get him away from this. He left today to go back to Los Angeles to kind of get back to normalcy.”
Syndergaard allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, raising his ERA to 7.16.
Syndergaard (1-4) has surrendered at least five runs in three straight starts.
Syndergaard has been trying to return to the player he was before Tommy John surgery sidelined him for the better part of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Roberts said Syndergaard will need at least “a few weeks” to both heal and get away from baseball and “reset.”
“I think searching and not being comfortable with where he was at in the moment is certainly evident in performance,” Roberts said. “So hopefully this time away will provide more clarity on who he is right now as a pitcher.
“Trying to perform when you’re searching at this level is extremely difficult. I applaud him from not running from it, but it’s still very difficult. Hopefully it can be a tale of two stories, two halves when he does come back.”