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PHILADEL­PHIA — David Wright did not mince words. The Mets cap­tain called anony­mous com­plaints to re­porters about man­ager Terry Collins “cow­ardly” Fri­day and told his team­mates to “man up.” “It was cow­ardly, in my opin­ion. I have been very for­tu­nate in my ca­reer. I haven’t had too many gripes, but when I did, I went and talked to Terry or who­ever the man­ager is. His door has al­ways been open and he’s al­ways lis­tened,” Wright said be­fore the Mets game Fri­day against the Phillies. This series will al­most cer­tainly be the fi­nal three games of Collins’ ca­reer as Mets man­ager. His con­tract is up and the Mets were al­ready look­ing at re­place­ments.

Wright and other Mets play­ers were up­set with the “kick him while he is down” tenor of a re­port that quoted sev­eral anony­mous play­ers and front of­fice per­son­nel com­plain­ing about Collins. Among the is­sues were the man­ager overus­ing his bullpen, con­tribut­ing to the in­jury of Jeurys Fa­milia, that he mis­han­dled younger play­ers and that he let the “in­mates run the asy­lum.”

Collins said he had never been ap­proached by the front of­fice about his bullpen use and was re­luc­tant to dis­cuss the re­ports.

“It’s part of the job. You sit here and make de­ci­sions you think are in the best in­ter­est, cer­tainly there are a lot of fac­tors in­volved. We don’t send any­one out to hurt any­body, never have and never will,” Collins said. “There are play­ers, train­ing staff, coaches all have in­put. You make the

David Wright pulls no punches, call­ing Met mates who anony­mously com­plained about Terry Collins ‘cow­ards.’

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