Mets Introduce Terry Collins

New York Mets manager Terry Collins shakes hands with Mets owner Fred Wilpon (L) after being introduced as the Mets' new manager at a news conference at Citi Field in New York, November 23, 2010. Looking on is Mets' co-owner Jeff Wilpon (R) and Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson (2nd L). REUTERS/Mike Segar  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

The Mets had their press conference for Terry Collins this morning. Dave Howard and Sandy Alderson had very brief introductions followed by some comments by Collins and questions from the media.

You can hear the full press conference here.

The overriding theme of Collins’ comments was that he wants his players to have attention to detail and “play the game the right way”. To me, that’s code for playing disciplined, old school baseball. We’ll see how well that flies with a high-priced, veteran team. It may work for teenagers and guys trying to make the leap from double or triple-A to the big’s, but I have a feeling he’s going to get a different reaction from guys that joined the Mets as high-priced free agents.

It’s also interesting to note that Collins is working on a two year contract with a club option for a third year. Clearly, the Mets learned from their mistakes with Art Howe and Willie Randolph not to get locked into long term deals for managers.

After the press conference Alderson and Collins made the rounds to all the local media outlets. Here are some audio samples for you.

ESPN- Collins with Michael Kay

ESPN- Alderson with Michael Kay

WFAN- Collins with Francesa

WFAN- Alderson with Francesa

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