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Terry Collins almost certain to be back in 2014

Sep 2, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Terry Collins AP

Terry Collins is technically a lame duck as the Mets’ skipper. His contract runs out at the end of the month and, given his 213-246 record at the helm, it’s not as if there is a rich history of success in New York compelling the Mets to extend him.  Nevertheless, Buster Olney reports that extend him they likely will:

Sources say it would be a complete surprise if the Mets don’t retain Manager Terry Collins; they have no plans to make a change.

Earlier this year Sandy Alderson gave Collins a vote of confidence, saying that the decision to keep Collins on “isn’t just about wins and losses. It’s about how we approach the game and fully taking into account what he has to work with.” Collins hasn’t had much in that regard, having been given one of the worst outfields in baseball out of spring training, having a guy in Ike Davis who was supposed to be an anchor in the lineup struggle and be demoted, having lost David Wright for a chunk of the season and now having lost his ace in Matt Harvey.

But through all of that, there has been decidedly less Mets-style drama this season, with the only knucklehead being Jordany Valdespin, who was exiled as soon as his head-knucklery reached a tipping point.  Beyond that, relatively smooth sailing and good attitudes and that’s about as much as you can expect from a team in the Mets’ competitive position.  In light of that, it seems like a good move to bring Collins back.

  1. chill1184 - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Meh, there are more pressing needs than the overrated position that is a baseball manager. However his bullpen manager still needs to work.

  2. Glenn - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Nobody wins with the line-ups he had to trot out all year.

  3. yahmule - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Does it really matter who calls the shots for this chicken outfit?

    Just kidding. He seemed to get a lot out of a team with marginal talent. I would bring him back, too.

  4. uuddlrlrbastart - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I don’t quite understand what he’s done to deserve a fourth year. It’s true no one could win with the teams he’s been given and he hasn’t been a disaster. I think he’s consistently met expectations in terms of the teams overall performance. But some players have taken significant steps backwards (Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada) and he’s constantly making proclamations about playing time and then not sticking with it, most recently announcing that Matt den Dekker would play center against righties, only to be benched on Friday, instead of making his second start.

    Three years of decided adequacy hardly seems like a reason to bring him back. Why not interview some guys currently in the organization (Tim Teufel, Wally Backman, Bob Geren) and see what’s there before committing to another year?

  5. mybrunoblog - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Collins is a pro. He has woked pretty well with limited talent and he works cheap. Perfect fit for the Mets.

  6. misterj167 - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    He’s a better manager than the record indicates, and a class guy to boot.

  7. captaincanoe - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Long time AAA manager. Seems like a perfect fit for the Mets.

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