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Mets newbies happy with Terry Collins

Thole, other young players say new skipper's firm but respectful approach will be key

Updated: November 23, 2010, 7:42 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

Under the previous executive who was in charge of the New York Mets' farm system, struggling prospects might get a tongue-lashing. One minor leaguer even was derisively asked two seasons ago if his paltry production was the result of drug use -- the performance-detracting kind -- or whether it was simply because he had female anatomy.

In contrast, when Josh Thole stumbled to open this past season at Triple-A Buffalo -- he began the year 1 for 24 -- the catching prospect got a different ...

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