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Collins to deliver more subtle message to Mets


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Don't expect any fire or brimstone from Terry Collins this spring. The Mets manager is planning only a brief message for his players prior to their first full-squad workout on Monday.

"I have about three pages of things I want to say," Collins said Sunday. "I'm ready to condense it down to about half a page. I'm going to sit down tonight and think about some things. Tomorrow morning when I get in, I'll make the final judgment of what I really think needs to be said, and make it a little not so in-depth on some things -- a little bit shorter."

Not typically a proponent of speeches or team meetings, Collins has nonetheless delivered optimistic addresses in each of his first two seasons. Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon complimented the manager's efforts last year by ordering bright orange "Underdog" T-shirts for everyone in camp.

This year, Collins aims to hit a subtler note.

"I want to treat them like they're good Major League players, which they are," he said, "and not make it sound like we have guys in that room that don't belong. Because that's not true."

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