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Mets tab Terry Collins as manager

Posted on: November 21, 2010 5:12 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 5:17 pm
 
Collins David Lennon of Long Island Newsday confirms that Terry Collins is the new manager of the New York Mets.

Collins beat out Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and Wally Backman for the honors.

It's an interesting return to prominence for Collins, who was last sighted in a dugout in 1999, when he was finishing a three-year term as skipper of the Angels. He was fired after a 51-82 start, but had finished with 84 and 85 wins, respectively, the two previous years.

Prior to the Angels job, the 61-year-old managed the Astros from 1994-96, finishing with a 224-197 line. For his career, he has a .506 winning percentage, with 444 wins and 434 losses.

Davey Johnson had earlier endorsed Collins for the gig , saying that Collins' experience as minor league field coordinator may put him over the top.

"I'm sure Sandy agrees with this: People who know where talent is on the minor league level and how long it's going to take to get to the major leagues and how it will affect the major league roster, those are very important people," Johnson said. "I would think [Collins] would be the frontrunner."

Collins may have been away from the manager's seat in MLB for 11 years, but he managed a team most recently in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, skippering China. He also managed abroad in Japan, helming the Orix Buffaloes in 2007 and 2008.

Collins was poised to become manager of the Dodgers five seasons ago, just before GM Paul DePodesta was pushed out of the job after just one year. DePodesta joined the Mets last week, and may have contributed to Collins' candidacy.

Collins was also a finalist for the Mets job last time there was an opening, when Willie Randolph was hired. Randolph beat out Collins and current Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. When Randolph was let go, Jerry Manuel transitioned from bench coach to manager until the conclusion of the 2010 season.

"He's been a major-league manager a couple of different times," DePodesta said of Collins, according to ESPN New York . "You learn an awful lot from that. He's been in the Far East. I think, again, he's had a lot of success in player development. So I think there are a lot of things about his experiences that are worthwhile. Everyone likes different personalities. I really like Terry's intensity. I think he's a tremendous organizational guy."

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: November 21, 2010 6:27 pm
 

Mets tab Terry Collins as manager

Don't know what to say about this managerial selection.  Either way, the Mets have so many problems.  The team will probably not sign anyone big during the offseason.  2011 will be just as bad as last season.


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Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2010 5:42 pm
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Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2010 5:30 pm
 

Mets tab Terry Collins as manager

Collins will lose control of this team shortly after the all star break.


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