New York Mets utility player Jordany Valdespin didn’t take his recent demotion to Triple-A too well. After learning that he would be demoted to the minors, Valdespin reportedly got into a heated confrontation with Mets manager Terry Collins, allegedly calling him a “c---sucker” during a profanity-laced tirade.
On Saturday, Collins informed Valdespin and his .188 batting average that the team had decided to option him to its Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, the Star-Ledger reports. The 25-year-old reportedly responded by “yelling furiously,” a pair of sources said under condition of anonymity.
According to a Mets source, Valdespin called Collins a “c---sucker” during the exchange, the New York Post reports. Later, the utility man reportedly attempted to invent an injury, demanding that he be placed on the disabled list rather than be demoted to Triple-A. Although Valdespin managed to compose himself in time to face reporters after the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Pirates on Saturday, he reportedly did so with tears in his eyes.
"He’s not helping himself," an unnamed source told the Star-Ledger of Valdespin’s profanity-laced battle with Collins. "Everyone gets upset when that happens, but you just need to shut up and pack your bags."
In May, the second-year player celebrated after hitting a home run in a game that the Mets were losing badly to the Pirates. But the next day, when Valdespin was called into the game as a pinch-hitter, he got hit by a pitch in retaliation.
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Regardless of his tirade, it’s hard to argue with the Mets’ decision to demote Valdespin. The 25-year-old is hitting just .188 this season, and has recorded just two hits in his last 36 at-bats.
Despite Valdespin’s alleged profanity, Collins calmly addressed the media regarding the demotion. The Mets manager suggested that the move to Triple-A will allow Valdespin to play every day.
"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 told the Star-Ledger.