In spite of the New York Mets being on the brink of oblivion before the summer has even begun, it doesn't appear as if another change in the team's coaching staff is coming. After hitting coach Dan Warthen was fired on Memorial Day, many viewed the firing as a precursor to dumping manager Terry Collins if the Mets continued to struggle. The Mets have indeed continued to struggle, but Collins' job appears safe for now.
Collins doesn't believe he is in danger of being fired right now, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Collins, whose teams haven't won more than 74 games in a season since he took over back in 2011, does believe that if the Mets continue to slide down the standings he could face the consequences. Collins is believed to have strong support from the Wilpons, who like his approach to the job, and could overrule Alderson if he feels the need to fire Collins.
Puma goes on to cite a source in his report that Fred Wilpon's relationship with Sandy Koufax could affect Collins' future. Collins and Koufax are good friends, and an industry source indicated that firing Collins could place a strain on Wilpon's relationship with Koufax. Wilpon and Koufax grew up together in Brooklyn and Koufax has made visits to Mets' spring training on multiple occasions.
While Collins may not deserve to be fired on merit, Mets fans better hope that Sandy Koufax isn't influencing organizational policy. While it is nice to have Koufax around Port St. Lucie once in a while, that should not be a factor in evaluating Collins' job performance. If the Mets feel that Collins should stay for baseball reasons, that is one thing. Personal politics shouldn't be involved in baseball decisions, regardless of Wilpon's personal affinity towards Koufax.
One factor to watch when it comes to Collins' future is third baseman David Wright. Wright was reportedly upset with Collins over the weekend for double switching him out of a close game Saturday night and benching him Sunday with the team on a five game losing streak. Wright denied that he was unhappy with Collins to reporters, but if Wright is losing faith in the manager it may be time for the organization to take a closer look at whether Collins is the best man for the job.
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