Mets Hire Terry Collins

5:58pm: SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets that Collins is getting a two-year deal.

4:30pm: The Mets have hired Terry Collins as their next manager, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Collins, 61, has a wealth of experience as a minor league and major league manager as well as managing experience from Japan. He managed the Astros from 1994-1996, as well as the Angels from 1997-1999, but resigned with 29 games left in the season. He spent the 2010 season as the Mets' minor league field coordinator.

Other candidates for the job included Bob Melvin and Chip Hale, but Rosenthal first tweeted that Melvin was out of the running, and SI's Jon Heyman followed that up shortly after with a tweet saying that Hale was out of the running as well. Fanhouse's Ed Price tweets that Melvin is unlikely to remain with the club in a different role.


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83 Comments on "Mets Hire Terry Collins"


Infield Fly
4 years 8 months ago

Prepare yourselves, Mets fans. This IS our offseason.
:-/

4 years 8 months ago

Better this than signing waiverbait to multiyear, multimillion dollar deals

Infield Fly
4 years 8 months ago

You’re damn right, pal!

Brandon Woodworth
4 years 8 months ago

I can’t joke, since the Minaya period is over. It could be worse. Minaya would have signed Kevin Gregg to a 3/20m deal.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

and he would have traded Angel Pagan to free up 500K, then signed Jayson Werth to a 5/90 deal.

4 years 8 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Glove Affair
4 years 8 months ago

After what I read about him and his teams’ conflicts, I just hope Collins can keep the team under control. And himself.

myname_989
4 years 8 months ago

WAT?! Y NO WALLY BACKMAN?!

MetsEventually
4 years 8 months ago

Ill-experienced and heard he’s a weird guy…not a fit just yet for the club.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Congrats Mets fans, something positive!

Infield Fly
4 years 8 months ago

….I think….

I just don’t want to hear about any boxing matches in the clubhouse before or after games! We had enough of that with K-Rod.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

at least wear gloves…

But seriously though, everytime I go to Citi Field and I don’t have school, I go to the enterance and players lot to say hi to the Mets players walking in and visiting players walking in, and it’s always nice to see everyone…player, coach, manager, whoever…It’s going to be awesome saying hi to Terry Collins and I have a good feeling about this…Citi Field is one of my favorite places in the world and hopefully, just hopefully, he will play an integral part in reviving the great history and organization, that of the Mets…cross your fingers Baseball fans and of course Mets fans, this is a great Baseball move.

4 years 8 months ago

I’ve never seen you dislike any move. Weren’t you pushing for Backman?

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

I was pushing for Backman, as were my fellow Citi Fielders, but I thought about it and like this move.

4 years 8 months ago

What makes you like this move. He’s been a failure in the past and was removed via player petition.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Everyone deserves a fresh start, and his heirarchy are good people…Sandy’s a smart guy.

mattevilspawn
4 years 8 months ago

Agreed. If Alderson gave him the nod after in-depth interviews w/several good candidates, at least give the guy a chance before you shoot him down. I was kind of hoping Hurdle would land the gig at the outset. But surprisingly, the Pirates quickly hired him away. (Still wondering how that happened and how that will play out!) Also glad Oquendo is staying with STL. Of the remaining candidates, I was pulling for Collins. Hiring Alderson was a great move. Let’s hope this hire continues the improvement within the Mets’ organization.

mattevilspawn
4 years 8 months ago

Agreed. If Alderson gave him the nod after in-depth interviews w/several good candidates, at least give the guy a chance before you shoot him down. I was kind of hoping Hurdle would land the gig at the outset. But surprisingly, the Pirates quickly hired him away. (Still wondering how that happened and how that will play out!) Also glad Oquendo is staying with STL. Of the remaining candidates, I was pulling for Collins. Hiring Alderson was a great move. Let’s hope this hire continues the improvement within the Mets’ organization.

nymets4581
4 years 8 months ago

You’re a Braves fan man take your bias elsewhere. Let us rejoice in the fact that the Mets accomplished something dude lol

4 years 8 months ago

I actually try to be as unbiased as possible. I was just curious as to why a Mets’ fan though this was a good move when Collins has had problems connecting to players in the past. I thought Bob Melvin may have been the better choice. He seems to me to be more of a company man, someone that will be more likely to follow exactly what Alderson wants.

oleosmirf
4 years 8 months ago

Collins is a no-nonsense guy and the past few years have been all about the mets lacking discipline and basically the inmates were running the asylum

DuhVo
4 years 8 months ago

Dude if he thinks it’s a good idea then let him. I agree, of course we all preferred Wally but Sandy knows what he’s doing and I commend him for making this choice. But that’s none of your business, you’re a Braves fan so you’ll never fully understand where any of us are coming from. The past is the past, move on. I’m sure Collins has learned from his mistakes.

Ricky
4 years 8 months ago

Cmon dude .. give him a chance

MetsEventually
4 years 8 months ago

Fredi was a failure in the past too.

4 years 8 months ago

I don’t think an entire team ever conspired to get him fired.

MetsEventually
4 years 8 months ago

but, Fredi hasn’t done much in his carrer so don’t talk about mangers until 2011 is over.

4 years 8 months ago

Excuse me, I can talk about whatever I please. Collins has obviously had problems connecting to his players in the past, therefore I don’t think he was the best choice for the Mets job. Doug Melvin doesn’t invoke an extreme response from people, and I think low-key is what the Mets need while they go through what’s almost certain to be a building/re-building process.

4 years 8 months ago

low-key? after willie and jerry? no more low-key please. i know the mets are in a different situation now, but it’s not a total re-building process. i for one think a no nonsense manager is what this team needs, especially with all the young guys who are going to have important roles on the team in the next couple seasons.

Just_MLB
4 years 8 months ago

i have been pulling for wally since art howe was canned. u give wally the talent the mets had in 05-08…and the mets have 3 straight division titles..maybe a wild card…and more than likely a WS ring in 06..

Slopeboy
4 years 8 months ago

Good news! He comes in with a clean slate, doesn’t have to be beholding to any of the players and can run the team as he sees fit. Old school manager that will hold everyone accountable. Good Luck to him.

mikefichera
4 years 8 months ago

you mean run the team as sandy sees fit.

Slopeboy
4 years 8 months ago

Sandy will give him marching orders. Collins will run the team everyday.

Ricky
4 years 8 months ago

Cmon dude .. give him a chance

mikefichera
4 years 8 months ago

I’m only going by what the media has portrayed, at this point it seems that Sandy wanted someone he could have firm control over. To run the team as HE sees fit. Nothing crazy, by the book baseball.

Me personally, this isn’t what I wanted. What I wanted was the crazy mofo in the playing for peanuts documentary. That had players in the media saying how much Wally Backman demands from his players and how they really inspired them to play hard. (I’m referring to Dan Uggla).

Ricky
4 years 8 months ago

Alderson is the boss, everyone has a boss, Backman needs more time considering his past

TdotsFinest
4 years 8 months ago

as a jays fan im glad wakamatsu didnt get the job since he just got hired as our bench coach and mentor for back catcher J.P Arencibia

MetsEventually
4 years 8 months ago

Expected this one. Hale & Backman really didn’t have what it takes, YET. Collins had experience and was already in the Mets organization. Though some may disagree with that fact (like Hale and Backman).

Better then Chucklin’ Jerry.

Tko11
4 years 8 months ago

Let the Tom Collins jokes begin…

Ricky
4 years 8 months ago

God move…the guy knows the Met system…again good move> Backamn would be smart to stay with org

mrmet128
4 years 8 months ago

i wanted Backman. a lot of Met fans did. but, you know what, i’ve been saying it doesn’t really matter to me who they hire out of Collins, Backman, Melvin, and Hale because Alderson, DePodesta, Ricciardi, and Ricco know what they’re doing. they know who’s right for the job, and if they think Collins is, so do i. i like this move. now Alderson, go call Tampa about Matt Garza.

JaySchu
4 years 8 months ago

He was the correct choice even though most moron Mets fans are crying he’s not Torre, Valentine, or Backman (they recognize his name). I’m excited for the season.

RichardJarzynka
4 years 8 months ago

Pirates stole the manager Mets most wanted.

mattevilspawn
4 years 8 months ago

I wonder about that, Richard. (See my earlier comment above.) Do you have any reports to back that thought up? Just curious. I haven’t thus far. But that was my hunch.

4 years 8 months ago

2 years is 1 year too many

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

My gut feeling is the Mets are a mess. It is a long way from you got to believe.

mattevilspawn
4 years 8 months ago

I don’t think they are that far away. The GM hire was superb. They need pitching and probably need to pull the LF wall in a bit for Bay and Wright. 😉 But they aren’t that far away. In Reyes and Wright, they have two superstars who should be hitting their prime. Assembling strong pitching and defense will go a long way toward improvement.

4 years 8 months ago

i don’t think reyes’ stats prove him to be a superstar. he has always had that potential, but has never taken that step. it has been 8 yrs. and his stats are average to good.

Just_MLB
4 years 8 months ago

how many SS available in 2012 are better than reyes…who by the way..is only 27…
who would u replace him with ?

mattevilspawn
4 years 8 months ago

I’ll agree that he’s taken serious backward steps the last couple of seasons. Largely due to injury. Last year even tho he had a .282 AVG (very respectable), his OBP dropped to .321. So he wasn’t taking his walks. Not a good trend for a leadoff hitter. And even harder to swallow considering his annual income had escalated to nearly $10M. So, yes, he does need to round his OBP numbers back to form.

As for the “superstar” distinction, I’ll stand by that. He’s proven he’s a high-impact player. He finished in the top 25 of MVP voting three years in a row, peaking at #7 in 2006. The MVP usually favors sluggers, so that’s not bad at all for a lead-off hitter. He has the talent and if he can bump his OBP back up, his skill set is great for a lead-off hitter.

If Mets fans and/or the organization has soured on him and feel a trade would be best, I don’t think right now is the proper time. He’s coming off a down year and he’ll be making $11M next year. And he’s still only 27, tho. I would wait and see if he can at least get hot in the first half of 2011, so the return will be better. His value right now is at an all-time low and bound to improve.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 8 months ago

The Mets would be wise to try and move Reyes as he can land a very good package of prospects and they would lose his lazy work ethic and losing mentality which has plagued the Mets for years

mattevilspawn
4 years 8 months ago

See my earlier post above, nyy. If the Mets, indeed, intend to move him, I think it would be wise to wait until his value is a little better. The only caveat being if he’s just an unbearable jerk in the clubhouse disrupting the whole team. I don’t think that fits his personality, tho.

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

My gut feeling is the Mets are a mess. It is a long way from you got to believe.

TapDancingTeddy
4 years 8 months ago

Despite Steve Adams summary telling me where he’s been, I can’t remember a thing about Terry Collins. If other New Yorkers are like me, maybe that’s for the best, and Collins can start out clean and make his own reputation.

dickylarue
4 years 8 months ago

Stunned by this move. Really, I am. The NY Press will constantly have the “he lost his clubhouse” story from his past inserted into any losing streak and the fans will be screaming for Backman as this team struggles next season…and it will struggle. They have NO starting pitching, a felon for a closer and a bunch of guys who don’t know how to win. I don’t think Collins is the man to lead them from the abyss. Also the fact that he got a 2 year deal isn’t very encouraging.

As a Mets fan this is a let down. Even if it was a bunch of overpaid vets who ran Collins out of Anaheim the fact remains he lost his team.

Hopefully, Collins turns out better than I’m expecting.

dickylarue
4 years 8 months ago

Stunned by this move. Really, I am. The NY Press will constantly have the “he lost his clubhouse” story from his past inserted into any losing streak and the fans will be screaming for Backman as this team struggles next season…and it will struggle. They have NO starting pitching, a felon for a closer and a bunch of guys who don’t know how to win. I don’t think Collins is the man to lead them from the abyss. Also the fact that he got a 2 year deal isn’t very encouraging.

As a Mets fan this is a let down. Even if it was a bunch of overpaid vets who ran Collins out of Anaheim the fact remains he lost his team.

Hopefully, Collins turns out better than I’m expecting.

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

Mets fans are being snowed by the hiring of Alderson. The hiring of Collins, lack of pitching, not spending money this year, not moving the fences in, and 2 or 3 players with their foot out the door does’nt sound promising to me. Any GM will look good next year with 50 mill coming off the books.