Lately, Mets manager Terry Collins has acted so mellow, so indifferent to the losing and injuries, that it seems to me that he's accepted he will not be back next season. And, interstingly, he also seems OK with it.
According to multiple reports, Collins has told people he's unsure if he'll return to managing after this season. There have not been any reports indicating Collins and the Mets have discussed a contract extension.
Basically, it's time. His job here is done.
Remember, when he was first hired, the Mets were looking for someone to help change the clubhouse culture. They wanted someone old school and disciplined, who would be good leading a young team about to lose a lot and enter a multi-year rebuilding phase.
November 23, 2010; Fred Wilpon (far left), general manager Sandy Alderson (second from left), Terry Collins (center), Jeff Wilpon (second from right), and Saul Katz (right) pose for a photo at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
In 2010, Collins was a perfect fit, especially since after being Omar Minaya's minor-league coordinator, he was aware of the rookies he'd eventually be managing. However, seven years and more than 1,100 games later, the team and expectations have changed.
GM Sandy Alderson talked openly about nearly firing Collins after 2014, but he didn't. A year later, the Mets advanced to the World Series, and Collins was rewarded with a contract extension that now expires in less than a month. Since the end of 2015, the Mets have seemingly gone backward, and as a result, the desire to make changes to the coaching staff has finally spread beyond just Alderson.
Collins is absolutely lacking when it comes to certain modern, in-game tools that could help him be more successful. That said, he's nevertheless an amazing, fun, affable and smart man. He's a baseball lifer and worthy of a respectful exit, especially since earlier this year he passed Bobby Valentine for second on the franchise's wins list.
Given he helped with a rebuild, led the Mets to a World Series and back-to-back playoff appearances, plus won 540 games, my hope is if Collins is about to officially retire from a 45-year career in professional baseball, the Mets make this announcement before the end of the season so they can honor him. He's earned it.
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