Monday, July 15, 2013

Valdespin called manager Collins a 'c---sucker' after demotion to minors: Report

It sounds like Jordany Valdespin wasn't to happy to hear that he will have to watch the All-Star Game from Las Vegas instead of New York this week and reportedly flipped out and called Mets manager Terry Collins a" c---sucker" when he got the news that he was being demoted to the minors.

After Collins informed Valdespin that the Mets had decided to option him to Triple-A Las Vegas Saturday night, the emotional ballplayer went off in the visitors clubhouse at PNC Park, yelling furiously while his startled teammates looked on, according to two people who witnessed the episode.

The witnesses requested anonymity to speak freely on the matter.

Bullpen coach Ricky Bones had to calm the 25-year-old down, according to one of the sources.

"He’s not helping himself," one person said of Valdespin. "Everyone gets upset when that happens, but you just need to shut up and pack your bags."

Valdespin had a similar incident last season as a rookie, when he became furious after teammates played a prank on him in San Francisco.

In May, the troublesome Valdespin attracted more negative attention when he flipped his bat and admired a home run he hit against the Pirates while the Mets were getting routed.

He was beaned by a pitch later in the series.

"He still doesn’t get it," another witness of Saturday night’s outburst said.

Valdespin, who was demoted to make room for reliever Scott Atchison, saw his playing time dwindle in recent weeks. When he did play, he struggled. He registered just two hits over his final 36 at-bats to drop his batting average to .188. His on-base-plus-slugging percentage stood at .566.

Valdespin’s demotion seemed inevitable: Collins said he expects Justin Turner to join the team Friday. Turner has been on the disabled list with an intercostal strain. He likely would’ve replaced Valdespin.

Collins said the opportunity to play every day should help Valdespin, who will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

"We've talked about this many times: It's hard for a young player who has pretty much spent his whole career as an everyday player to come up and play, maybe, once a week and then come off the bench and hit," Collins said. "It's very difficult. So he's got to go get some playing time. He's got to go get his swing back -- certainly get back in the lineup. If he's going to come back, at least he's got to get some at-bats."

It sounds like he's got to take life like a man too.

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