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Terry Collins is officially on the hot seat

May 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Terry Collins AP

Terry Collins is not under contract for 2014. That alone makes his job security a tenuous proposition at best. But Bob Klapisch notes that he’s on even shakier ground than that:

Without a commitment from ownership, Collins looks like a short-timer on a bad team, a latter-day George Bamberger. The current six-game losing streak, including embarrassing back-to-back losses to the Marlins, doesn’t help his cause, either. So what’ll it take for Collins to avoid being fired, even before the end of the season? A more robust roster would help, obviously. In the meantime, he has to prove to the front office that the Mets are listening to him, and that he’s relevant enough to relate to the next wave of stars — particularly Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Travis D’Arnaud.

Considering Wheeler isn’t on the Mets and D’Arnaud is on the DL for a long time, well, good luck Terry.

You sorta have to figure that Collins is bright enough to know that he was hired to be a caretaker manager. It’s a respectable gig. In light of that I find worrying about his job to be way less interesting than wondering who might replace him.  I figure that the Wally Backman truthers will come out strong again soon. And I figure it’s silly to think that Backman won’t get a chance to manage the Mets at some point.  I just wonder whether he’s the next guy or the next-next guy.

  1. jfk69 - May 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    I feel for Collins.. Working for the Wilpons might make you long for days of Donald Grant.

  2. randygnyc - May 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    It’s actually a bench and he’s joining the already sitting Scoscia.

  3. chill1184 - May 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    FWIW Im of the believe that the baseball manager position is overrated but also I sure as hell dont want Backman managing them.

  4. pashton2 - May 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I don’t love Terry Collins, but exactly what magic pixie dust is he supposed to use to get this team to score a few runs? The pitching is mediocre and on the upswing, but there are really only two professional hitters in the entire lineup (Wright and Murphy – could argue Buck and Duda, but let’s see them do it for a little longer). You can’t win games with a total lack of offense from 1B, RF, CF and SS and there is just no talent there.

  5. jfk69 - May 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    In order to bring the fans in this year Collins will be thrown under the bus and Backman will be brought in. His pro managerial career will be till the end of the season. If he has any brains he should refuse the job with the presently assembled team. .

  6. jfk69 - May 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Maybe a manger that can play,hit and pitch might help.

  7. alexo0 - May 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Did Collins not show up for spring training early enough?

  8. historiophiliac - May 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    He might need an Amway pep talk!

  9. jfk69 - May 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Mets loaded with Home Run hitting potential. Strike out ratio of the 1 trough 8 non hitters comparable to 40 home run hitters in baseball today. Just give them time…lol
    Lets bring those fences in another 100 ft

    • Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Based on last night’s bagatelle, you might want to move home plate up five feet too while you’re at it.

  10. sdelmonte - May 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Fire him, and then what? I really don’t want Backman as the manager. Something about him just seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

    • rickdobrydney - May 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Backman is a certifiable maniac — maybe that is just what that sorry bunch needs….

      • Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Backman’s teams win. Period. I can understand how the Wilpoons might be averse to that. Surely you don’t think they hired Minaya by accident? Was it really a coincidence that they hired him and began investing with Bernie Madoff at the same time.

      • mazblast - May 1, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        OG–The Wilpons were invested with Madoff years and years ago.

        And don’t call the guys here “Shirley”.

  11. dondada10 - May 1, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    If Collins is fired I’d imagine bench coach Bob Geren would take over instead of Backman.

    • Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      How exciting that would be. I bet the whole team would be energized…by…that…zzzzzzzz….

      • Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        The Mutts came back to beat the Feesh this afternoon, so I guess the Wilpoons will leave Collins tethered, however tenuously, to the machine that goes ping! for another series….

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