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Quote of the Day: Buster Olney on Terry Collins

Nov 22, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

Terry Collins

I’ve read a bunch of Terry Collins reactions this morning. Most of them aren’t all that insightful, frankly, because the guy just doesn’t have a recent track record anyone can grab onto. He’s intense. Some players who are now in their mid-40s didn’t much care for him. Hard to really find any traction with that.

Of all of them, though, I liked Buster Olney’s the best.  Olney is a writer with New York experience but, since he’s not a New Yorker, has a pretty good perspective on the press scene there. At the same time, he watched Collins in the minor leagues and after he took over the Angels.  His take:

Lest there be any doubt, Collins is more than smart enough to adapt. He certainly will recognize the pitfalls as he starts out. The question is whether he’s changed enough to survive. One thing is almost certain: Terry Collins, as good a baseball man as there is, will be an overwhelming success or a complete disaster.

And that’s based on not just Collins, but the New York environment, which I think he nails: it’s not that everything is So Much More Important in New York. It’s that everything — no matter how insignificant it actually is — is treated like it’s so much more important.  And I agree with that “success or failure; no middle ground” thing.  No matter what happens, I imagine that there will be fairly strong feelings about the guy two years from now, as opposed to general, apathetic Jerry Manuel misery.

And that’s an improvement, right?

  1. apbaguy - Nov 22, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    The Mets front office is first-class now. If they decided that Collins is their guy, he’s probably better than 50-50 to at least move the Mets in a positive direction. However, what are the chances that, with their existing talent, they can get by the Phils in the next two years? I’ll save Jonny5 and Utley’s Hair the trouble of answering: zero chance the Mets get by the Phils in the next two years. The Mets need major infusions of talent, and even with their money, it will take more than 2 years for that.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 22, 2010 at 11:55 AM

      And another manager. Collins is who they prefer for the job right now, he is not who they WANT for the job imo. I picture a different name for the next contract, in exactly 2 years.

    • Old Gator - Nov 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM

      They need major infusions of talent, combined with major triage of the sludge on hand. Oliver Perez would be a good place to start amputating. And they’ve got a crackpot relief pitcher who might be happier in a small market town where the cops still use nightsticks instead of tasers.

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