Braun HBP, Wright Immediately Sat Down by Manager


by Andrew Coughlin

If you saw what transpired late in the game Tuesday night in New York between the Brewers and Mets, you should have an opinion, one way or the other.  

Ryan Braun was hit by the first pitch thrown by D.J. Carassco, immediately following a line drive home run by Rickie Weeks, who had been 0-for-forever prior to the at-bat.  Needless to say, the Brewers were not very happy about this.

Subsequently, manager Terry Collins elected to remove star third baseman David Wright from the game, in the Mets bottom half of the 7th inning, for fear of retaliation from the Brewers.  Wright was due to hit third in the inning and Collins did not want any sort of chance for his best player to get plunked or brushed closely inside by a Brewers' pitcher.

So, he was removed, as a precautionary measure just in case Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke was licking his chops at the chance to beam the Mets' best player.  This is not consistent with Roenicke's style of coaching, but I do not think he was thrilled about Braun getting hit on the top half of his shoulder, as evident by his post-game response.  When he was asked what he thought, Roenicke said, "I didn't like it. I don't understand it".  Roenicke sat in his chair and stared, clenching his jaw muscles, obviously very bothered and perturbed, while reporters asked him a few more questions on the incident.

"It was interesting. . . what that shows is interesting."  Again, Roenicke was very short and visibly frustrated as he angrily answered another reporter's question about what he thought in regards to Collins sitting Wright after Milwaukee was done hitting.

When Wright found out he was not going to hit he showed his frustration in the dugout and erupted on Collins, for all cameras to see.  After the game, Collins explained that Wright was mad at the situation and not at necessarily at him.

"He's not mad at me. It wasn't about me," said Collins of his No. 3 hitter. "He said, 'Look, if somebody's going to get hit, let it be me.' And I said, 'First of all, that's the thing that's not going to happen.'"

I would be interested in hearing your opinion on the matter.  Do you think Mets' manager Terry Collins is a hero for opting to protect his best player from litterally, taking one for the team?  Or do you think it cowardly, in a game that has unwritten rules where players and managers alike know and practice?

I think Collins did what he thought was right in that moment; which was to protect his injury prone third baseman, who is having one hell of an early season.  However, I think Collins is delaying the inevitable.  The Brewers and Mets play again later in the season and you better believe Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke will not forget about what happened May 15th.  And let's say Roenicke does not retaliate, is it a guarantee that the starting pitcher that day will put a fastball between Wright's shoulder blades or a relief pitcher will throw one in Wright's ribcage?  

I guess we'll have to wait and see until September 14th, when the New York Metropolitans come to Miller Park. 

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