C. Young's success with Yanks doesn't surprise Collins

C. Young's success with Yanks doesn't surprise Collins

NEW YORK -- Count manager Terry Collins among those unsurprised by Chris Young's resurgence on the other side of town.

After spending four-plus dour months in Flushing, Young has emerged with three homers in seven games since signing on with the Yankees, including a solo shot that temporarily gave his new team an 11th-inning lead in Friday's loss to the Orioles in Game 1 of their doubleheader.

Young did not homer in his final 54 plate appearances with the Mets, slugging a total of eight with a .283 on-base percentage in 88 games. The Yankees are paying him a pro-rated percentage of the Major League minimum, meaning the Mets are responsible for the vast majority of his $7.25 million salary.

"I'm very excited for him," Collins said. "He's a tremendous guy. You root for guys like him. I'm glad he's got another chance and he's making the most of it. It's cool to see."

Collins, who called Young this winter trying to recruit him for the Mets, believes the psychological aspect of Citi Field's dimensions negatively affected him.

"You've got to hit them here," Collins said. "And sometimes there's nights when you hit them, they don't go anywhere -- due to the wind, due to the humidity, whatever it is, sometimes balls just don't carry here. We see it every single day, that it's a tough place to hit. It affected Jason Bay immensely. It's affected David [Wright] some. It's affected [Curtis] Granderson some. It's affected Chris Young."

Collins is a proponent of the Mets' internally proposed plans to alter Citi Field's dimensions for the third time in six years, though he does consider the stadium much fairer than it used to be.

"I have no problem with this park -- none whatsoever," he said. "If you him 'em, they go."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.