The most difficult part of benching Curtis Granderson, Mets manager Terry Collins said recently, would be the professionalism with which Granderson would absorb the news. As recently as June 3, Granderson was batting .198. Collins was going to have to call Granderson into his office, tell him that he would no longer be a starting player, then watch the 14-year veteran accept his demotion with grace. But that conversation never happened.

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