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Terry Collins Chats With Mike Francesa

Collins A Big Believer In Niese
Terry Collins chats with umpires prior to playing the Cardinals at Digital Domain Park on March 13, 2012. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Terry Collins chats with umpires prior to playing the Cardinals at Digital Domain Park on March 13, 2012. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) - New York Mets’ manager Terry Collins joined Mike Francesa on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the Mets’ preparations ahead of the new season that’s just 16 days away.

Listen Live: Terry Collins Chats With Francesa

Collins spoke briefly about the new beginnings for the Mets as the black cloud of Bernie Madoff is starting to disappear from the franchise.

The Mets’ manager spoke about the statuses of Johan Santana, Ruben Tejada, the Mets’ rotational strength, patchwork bullpen and other burning topics.

Collins revealed his belief in Jon Niese having a huge upside and an array of pitches.  “My feeling is that there’s guys that maybe throw harder but there’s nobody that’s got a combination of three pitches like this guy,” Collins told Francesa on-air.

Niese has enjoyed a tremendous spring and a big part of the Mets’ current and long-term plans.

A big question is what Jason Bay can offer in 2012 but Collins has faith in his left-fielder.  “I think he’s got great confidence right now,” Collins stated.

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