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Mets hire Terry Collins as manager

Nov 21, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

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The search is over.  The pick is in.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are set to introduce Terry Collins as the franchise’s 20th manager.

Collins, 61, played professional baseball for 10 years and compiled a .255 career batting average over 671 major league games before turning to the coaching and front office side of the industry.  He began his managing career in 1981 with a Single-A affiliate tied to the Dodgers and was promoted a few years later to Triple-A Albuquerque.  Success at that post led him to the Astros’ managerial gig in 1993.  He lasted only three years, but never had a losing record and led the team to three straight second-place finishes before being fired in 1996.

The Angels quickly scooped Collins up in 1997 and enjoyed a short run of success, but Collins resigned with 29 games left in the 1999 season and tried his hand in Japan during the middle part of the 2000s.

Collins has been everywhere and done everything in the game of baseball.  He’s known best for player development and that’s exactly what the Mets need as they look to revamp their major league roster and farm system.

Four candidates were interviewed for the opening down at the GM Meetings in Orlando, Florida last week: Collins, Bob Melvin, Wally Backman and Chip Hale.’s Ken Rosenthal was the first to report that Melvin did not get the gig and the other two were basically thought of as secondary options from the start.

UPDATE:’s Jon Heyman says Collins will get a two-year contract.

  1. Utley's Hair - Nov 21, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Hopefully they broke the news to Wally in an open field with no bats or anything to throw around—or even a padded room.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 21, 2010 at 8:25 PM

      Is Wally going to become the next Bobby Valentine? (Old Gator would probably insert a Beaver joke here.)

      • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2010 at 9:41 PM

        Q) What’s a Canadian political cartoon look like?

        A) A Beaver rolling up its sleeve.

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 21, 2010 at 11:24 PM

        No, but I hear Bobby V is rumored to be Wally’s new anger-management coach and dentist.

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 21, 2010 at 11:29 PM

        Hehhehhehhehheh…he said “insert a beaver”…hehhehhehhehheh…

        Settle down, Beavis.

  2. djeg07 - Nov 21, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    another showalter, gets the team to the point of being relevant than leaves it to the next guy. (buck-ny w/torre, az w/brenly) terry-hous&anaheim.

    • Old Gator - Nov 21, 2010 at 9:42 PM

      I agree. They went for the buttondown guy, not the guy with the fire in his belly. >Yawn<

  3. spiceumup - Nov 22, 2010 at 12:13 AM

    The Mets will simply not learn will they? Another failed manager. 10 games over.500 for his career and he hasn’t managed at the major league level in ten years. AND to top it off he was not considered a good manager when he was managing.

    The Mets are simply not capable of making a good pick at manger.

  4. Gobias Industries - Nov 22, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Drew, all 671 of Collins’ pro games came as a minor leaguer, not a major leaguer.

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