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.