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Mets’ Collins Traded the Links for a Diamond

Posted by linyuer on Dec 7, 2010 6:53:10 PM

beats by dre At the 2008 winter meetings in Las Vegas, Collins was a  better-connected version of the job-seekers camped out on the periphery  of the Bellagio lobby. He had many friends in baseball, but no job  prospects. He hoped to catch on with China as a manager for the World  Baseball Classic, and soon he did.When the tournament ended in March,  Collins hit the links. dr dre beats He managed a friend鈥檚 independent team in Duluth, Minn., for 18 days,  but the major leagues seemed to have forgotten him.       I thought, 鈥楬ey, look, I鈥檝e had a lot of fun,鈥� 鈥� Collins said Monday  at the winter meetings. 鈥� 鈥業鈥檝e given it my best shot.鈥� Had Omar not  called me, I鈥檇 probably be playing golf today. But here I sit.He sat at a  table in a hotel ballroom, monster beats surrounded by cameras and notepads and tape recorders. Minaya was home  in New Jersey, just returning from a weekend trip to Haiti, where he was  helping to build wells.       I talked to Luis Castillo this morning,鈥� Collins said. 鈥淟ook, he鈥檚  been reading that his job is up monster headphones for grabs. Why not have his name in the mix? If he wants it bad enough,  he鈥檒l get himself ready to play it.The Mets鈥� thin rotation and lack of  payroll flexibility will make contending difficult. For now, Collins  just needs to coax them back on course, and he is up for the challenge.  Minaya鈥檚 man was not ready for golfing, after all.I鈥檝e been doing this  for 40 years,鈥� Collins said. 鈥淭his is my passion in life, so nothing  will ever stand in the way hip hop beats.

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