Collins: 'Not going to mess with' Yoenis Cespedes' backward cap

Terry Collins said Thursday he had no plans to talk to Yoenis Cespedes about wearing his cap backward around the batting cage, refuting an earlier report that the New York Mets manager had a problem with it and planned to talk to the outfielder.

Collins said bringing something like that up with one of his star players has the potential to harm more than anything.

"I'm not going to mess with it," Collins said. "In years past those kind of things start issues. And I'm going to ignore it."

A New York Post reporter had tweeted earlier Thursday that Collins wasn't a fan of Cespedes' wearing his cap backward around the batting cage, which Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. became noted for during his player career.

Cespedes confirmed to ESPN's Marly Rivera on Thursday that Collins had not discussed the issue with him.

"No one has talked to me about it. 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 nonissue."