Lenny Dykstra was a key piece on the 1986 New York Mets world championship team. Thirty years later, they have failed to win another title.
That may not change if Terry Collins remains as manager … in the eyes of Dykstra.
“As long as Terry Collins is there, they’ll lose,” Dykstra told me on “The Jake Brown Show” on CBS Radio’s Play.it. “I can’t take him. He’s a joke. At our 30-year reunion, he’s shaking everyone’s hand. … I said, ‘You’re lucky you got good mother-(expletive) pitching.’ … When he was in Houston and had (Jeff) Bagwell and (Craig) Biggio, those guys hated him. When they hate you, that’s a problem. He’s never won. He’s a loser, and he chokes. I don’t know how he has a job if you can’t win with those guys. He’s a losing manager.”
It’s safe to say that Dykstra isn’t too fond of the Mets skipper. The former MLB All-Star has a point, though. While Collins has been handed rosters in New York that have been average and a roster that was banged up this season, he’s made a playoff series only once in his entire career, which was in their NL pennant-winning 2015 campaign. Collins failed to win with the Angels or Astros and was out of the big leagues for a decade when the Mets gave him a shot in 2011.
Collins had to deal with a ton of injuries in the 2016 season. There were times he didn’t have a lot to work with. With that being said, how many excuses can continue to be made for a manager who has only played in October twice, with one time being for just a single game? Collins has made boneheaded in-game decisions too many times to count.
2017 will be the last chance for Collins to truly prove himself. With the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets have a core in place that is set to compete for a World Series title. Almost every young pitcher in the rotation has had Tommy John surgery and gone through almost every injury possible involving an arm, a shoulder or an elbow. There are no more excuses for the 67-year-old. 2017 could be the last year we see Collins manage a major league team.
Dykstra also discussed almost every topic imaginable, from his time in prison to wanting to fight Mickey Rourke to his dislike for Chris “Mad Dog” Russo. He also talked about doing steroids, blackmailing umpires, Charlie Sheen, women and so much more. You can listen to the entire interview above or by searching “The Jake Brown Show” on iTunes Podcasts and Spotify. You can watch a clip of the interview below.
Jake Brown is the Digital Program Manager at CBS Sports Radio and a columnist for CBS Sports Radio, CBS Local Sports, and CBS Local. You can catch him daily on The Jake Brown Show on CBS Radio’s Play.it, iTunes, and Spotify. It’s a weekly sports show mixed in with a bit of entertainment and multiple interviews as well every week. Jake lives in Queens and being a Mets fan is finally paying off.