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Terry Collins won’t talk to Yoenis Cespedes about backwards cap

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Contradicting earlier reports about how Yoenis Cespedes wearing his cap backwards was really sticking in his craw, New York Mets manager Terry Collins indicated he won’t be bringing up the issue with his superstar slugger after all, saying it probably would do more harm than good.

“I’m not going to mess with it,” Collins said, via ESPN. “In years past those kind of things start issues. And I’m going to ignore it.”

Collins is about as old-school as a major league skipper can come, so the notion that he would be irked by a ballplayer wearing his call cap backwards wouldn’t have been much of a surprise. And yet, he’s completely right that butting heads over it could backfire or at a minimum have a negative and unintended impact.

Cespedes, who has made quite the splash this week with how he’s made spring training his own personal auto show, indicated he hasn’t heard anything about any issues related to how he wears his cap, but said if a problem developed, he’d take care of it.

“No one has talked to me about it,” Cespedes told ESPN Deportes’ Marly Rivera. “When I got here last year, I asked whether it was OK to put my hat on backwards during practice, and I was told it wasn’t a problem.

“But if the manager needs to speak to me about it to change it, I will certainly do so. I have no problem changing it, if that’s what he wants me to do. That’s a non-issue.”

Both Collins and Cespedes are addressing this issue in a dignified and productive manner. After all, this entire situation concerns a team fresh off a World Series appearance and a player who just signed a 3-year, $75 million contract (albeit one with an opt-out clause after one season). It makes sense for such issues to be handled amicably, internally and privately.