This past weekend the Daily News ran a column that suggested that Mets manager, Terry Collins is the “right manager at the wrong time“, a transitional manager if you will. While the columnist that wrote this piece may be correct, and Collins may not be at the helm when the Mets become relevant in the baseball realm again, I can see Collins managing the Mets for years to come.
First off Collins is possibly the best manager the Mets have had since Bobby Valentine. He is not ineffectual as Art Howe came across as. He is not as rigid as Willie Randolph ( who was actually a pretty good manager ), nor is he as laid back as his predecessor, Jerry Manuel. I am on record as stating that I was on the fence when Collins was hired for the Mets managerial position, but he won me over with his passion and his motivational skills. It was also good to see that he was not hard headed and had a open door policy where players could always talk to him.
I liked the way that he handled the Carlos Beltran situation earlyon in Spring Training last season ( developing a plan with Carlos on how to utilize him), just like he is handling the Johan Santana situation this Spring. The players seem to like him and they want to win for him.
Is Collins the second coming of either Hodges or Johnson that remains to be seen. Collins in in the unenviable position of trying to manage a team that is a mix of raw talent, youth and that hasn’t had a winning season since ’08. He has the spectre of fan favorite Wally Backman ( the Mets AAA manager) waiting in the wings of the heir apparent for his job. So he will have to make a favorable impact once his contract expires after the ’13 season.
Lets just hope that Collins is seen as part of the solution to rebuilding the Mets and not just a transitional manager.
To read the full transcript of the conference call that Terry Collins held with Mets bloggers click here (hat tip to Amazin Avenue for the link)
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday includes:
Reserve outfielder from the ’99 season, Terrence Long is 36 (1976).Long was the Mets first round pick (20th overall) in the 1994 draft. He was dealt to the Oakland A’s at the ’99 trade deadline for starting pitcher, Kenny Rogers .
Mo Vaughn wants to become a manager. He even enrolled in management trainee course with McDonalds !