Jordany Valdespin isn’t hated in the Mets clubhouse, according to manager Terry Collins. But he isn’t very good at making friends, either.
“There’s guys in every clubhouse that for whatever reason rub people the wrong way,” Collins said on his weekly WFAN radio spot Wednesday afternoon. “Does Jordany Valdespin? Yes he can, he can do that.”
Collins said there are Mets players who have attempted to take the flamboyant Valdespin under their wings. He mentioned David Wright, Marlon Byrd and John Buck as guys who have given the 25-year-old advice – with varying degrees of success.
“Sometimes he kind of fights the help, so some guys throw their hands up,” Collins said.
Valdespin flipped his bat in celebration after hitting a home run Friday against the Pirates. The Mets, at the time, were trailing 7-1. The next day, after entering as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, Valdespin was hit by Pittsburgh reliever Bryan Morris. The Mets did not retaliate, drawing the perception that the Mets and Collins did not have Valdespin’s back.
On Tuesday, Collins defended that decision, saying, “I don’t answer to the fans.” He took a step back from that statement Wednesday on the radio.
“I misused the words,” Collins said. “I shouldn’t have said fans. I should have said people.”
Collins said Mets players “didn’t like what happened” when Valdespin flipped his bat. He said that Buck told Valdespin he has to be accountable for his actions and to expect retaliation.