After two years at the helm of the Mets, manager Terry Collins has experienced two losing seasons. Both ending in quite the same fashion. Impressive starts, meriting early consideration for manager of the year in both seasons, and second half collapses as his teams was unable sustain themselves. However, while many would be at least sniffing the chopping ax, Collins has managed to avoid much conversation of such.
Prior to being offered and taking the manager position, the last time Terry Collins officially managed a Major League ball club was in 1999, where he had reigned over the Anaheim Angels for two years. His time there was met with winning records. However, according to different stories he faced a coup from his players.
As it would be for his time as the Mets manager, things appear to be on opposite ends. Both seasons had the team undergo losing records and not without a few bumps here and there, his ball club appearing to be in support of their leader. Despite Collins questioning their heart and effort it's evident that his player don't have the same view of the man calling the shots on the field as David Wright noted,
"I don't think the results correlate with how good he actually has been."
So with the organization, the team, and the media in New York, not holding blame and backing their skipper, could Collins finish the job and get this team to the playoff/further?
When you look at his past with other teams, he has been able to not just them be competitive, but also finish in second place wherever he has been. Unfortunately, making the playoffs was not his forte. In his prior experiences there were plenty discussions of how the players disliked his hard approach, as noted before however, this time around it is much different. As the "throwback" skipper is now more of a player manager and not only fights for his players, but on occasion sheds a tear.
For the Mets this coming season, there is no way around it. Terry Collins not only must at least get them to a winning record, but also be in the thick of things vying for the playoffs from the second half of the season and onwards. A justifiable mark of improvement must be shown within the team and it's performance to at least gain the possibility of a contract extension.
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