PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The wait is over.
All 64 Mets have officially reported to camp in advance of Saturday's first full-squad workout. For the first time in at least four years, no players were delayed by visa issues.
Position players took their physicals early Friday morning and, with a few exceptions, took the rest of the day off. It was their last chance for some rest; the team does not have another scheduled off-day until March 19.
"The reason why Spring Training is six weeks long is for pitchers," Collins said, "but it's about the team. When the team shows up, there's a little bit more energy."
Collins did not plan to regale his players with a lengthy speech on Saturday morning, preferring to save that for later in camp once cuts are made.
"Then it has a little bit more meaning," he said. "Some of these guys are going to be gone in 10 days, two weeks, whatever it might be, so I'm going to hold off on the big message until a little bit later in Spring Training."