“Look, it would be disingenuous to say, ‘No, it won’t be an issue. Sometimes it becomes an issue. I think it’s a function of whether Terry makes it an issue, or the club makes it an issue, or the media makes it an issue. ...I don’t think the club or Terry will make it an issue. If it does become an issue, we’ll manage the issue. I understand the possibility it could become something. I hope it doesn’t.”In a final vote on MetsBlog.com last September, 46% said they held a favorable view of Collins, while 29% held an unfavorable view and 23% were undecided.
I never thought Collins should have been fired… at least not before the start of next season. However, I still don’t think he should get a contract extension, especially after last year's second half. Instead, I put the bulk of the blame last year on Sandy Alderson and the players, but Terry doesn’t get off scott free. He should be allowed to manage again next year. However, to extend his contract, to me, would have sent a terrible message about what is acceptable… not just to the players, but to us as fans and customers expected to buy in to this plan.
Also, in regards to this idea that ‘he lost the team last year,’ I don’t think we can actually know that until next Spring… and maybe not even until the first month or two of the season. If he’s all aggressive and motivational next month (in his typical Terry way) and players aren’t responding and still look ‘uninspired,’ as Bob Ojeda once characterized it, then we’ll know the answer. However, if new and old players still believe in Collins (who many people talked about as a Manager of the Year candidate in June) then none of this will matter. But, again, I still think he shouldn’t be guaranteed anything beyond next season… not right now.
At the very least, should the team get off to a good start, give him an extension in May or something. To do that right now, though, would be an insult to everyone involved, especially after he resided over one the worst second halves in baseball history. In short, I say give him one more chance to lead what will hopefully be a better roster. If they get off to a good start, consider giving him a one-year contract extension (to bolster his authority). However, if the team looks uninspired, again, and the roster is in shambles, again, it will be time to make a move…