As I woke up this morning to write my daily column I received yet another missive from our own General Patton , Sandy Alderson.November 23, 2010Dear Mets Fans:We are pleased to announce we have hired Terry Collins as our new Manager.Terry's a lifelong baseball man who comes with the entire package - leadership, preparation, emotional commitment, and the drive to win. We believe Terry's knowledge of our players, energy, intelligence, intensity, and direct approach will make an immediate, positive impact both in the clubhouse and on the field.Terry spent six years as a major-league manager, leading the Anaheim Angels and Houston Astros to winning records and second-place finishes in his five full seasons. He managed the Angels from 1997-1999 and the Astros from 1994-1996, compiling an overall record of 444-434 (.506).We will introduce Terry to the media this morning during a press conference at 11:00 a.m. at Citi Field. SNY and Mets.com will carry it live.Terry will work closely with the Baseball Operations department with the goal of delivering a team of which you can be proud in the short and long term.Thanks for your ongoing support and interest.Sincerely,Sandy AldersonGeneral ManagerSay what you will - whether Collins is just a temporary stop gap until Wally Backman gains more much needed managerial experience or he was always Sandy's first choice for the job. The fact of the matter Collins is here for the next two season - barring some time of clusterphuck . I might not be entirely thrilled with the choice , but I understand why he was chosen and I hope that he has learned from his past mistakes to transform this current team of underachieving players into a team that can at the very least contend for a post season berth.And with that said.... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!! Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today are : Reliever from the '74 team, Tom Hall is 63 (1947) .Reliever from the mid '90's, Rich Sauveur is 47 (1963).Reserve outfielder from the '00 season, Ryan McGuire is 39 (1971) .Minor league farmhand ,Justin Turner is 26 (1984) . I still wonder why he wasn't called up this past September.New York Mets purchased the contract of one of the best left handed pitchers ever, Warren Spahn from the Milwaukee Braves on November 23, 1964. Too bad Spahnie was past his prime, and was traded midway through the '65 season.Baltimore Orioles signed middle reliever, Frank Seminara of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 23, 1994.Oakland Athletics signed reliever, Jeff Tam of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 23, 1999.And while you debate the pros and cons of the Terry Collins hiring - just remember there are just 129 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and 136 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.Mo Vaughn will be outside Citi Field today, protesting the hiring of Terry Collins . Stop by and give the big guy a hug - he'll need it. And don't forget if you don't want to lose a limb - DO NOT FEED THE MO !!!