Tag:Terry Collins
Posted on: March 20, 2011 1:53 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:48 am

Pepper: Collins to dial down intensity


By Evan Brunell

TIME TO LOOSEN UP: Terry Collins is well aware of his reputation as a no-nonsense manager whose intensity lost the respect of his players when he helmed the Astros and Angels.

However, to hear Collins tell it, he realizes where he went wrong and wants to make changes.


"I’ve thought about it a lot," he said. "I took it way too serious. Even though I enjoyed it, I didn’t enjoy it. It was all about the winning, winning, winning, instead of enjoying being around these guys and watching them play, enjoying the experience and the challenge of competing. That’s what I love to do.

"There was that thing that I had to prove something. I still want to prove that we’re good enough, but I don’t think it’s the same type of attitude I had in the past. And with that comes the fact that these guys are human beings, and they need communication."

Collins plans to have the Mets play aggressively, as his Angels did -- which still continues to this day under manager Mike Scioscia. He also places a premium on players aspiring to be great and staying focused, which sounds a lot like the old Collins, but the skipper knows that.

"Hopefully, the energy -- or whatever people want to say, the intenseness that I have -- may work here," Collins said. (New York Times)


IZZY COULD SET UP: Jason Isringhausen was once one of the Mets' most heralded pitching prospects before injuries completely wrecked his early years. He was later moved to Oakland and became a closer, famous for his time in St. Louis. Now, after missing most of the last two years, Izzy appears poised to set up closer Francisco Rodriguez back in New York. (New York Post)

IT'LL BE PUDGE: After a brief skirmish among Nationals reporters as to the state of the catching, it appears Ivan Rodriguez will certainly start Opening Day for Washington -- but Wilson Ramos figures to get the bulk of work behind the plate in short order. (Washington Post)

NO MORE GUYS: Five Guys is a weakness of Evan's, and it will no longer taunt him in Nationals Park, as the burger chain has opted not to renew its lease despite being one of the more popular options for customers. (Eater.com)

SILVA'S SPOT IN DANGER: Carlos Silva has had a beyond-awful spring training and although he's slated to take the bump once more next Wednesday, that may not happen. Manager Mike Quade and GM Jim Hendry are expected to sit down and make some touch decisions prior to then. It's entirely feasible that Silva will be put out of the running for the No. 5 starter's spot at that time. (Chicago Sun-Times)

GOOD NEWS FOR BREW CREW: Milwaukee already has enough problems figuring out who will replace Zack Greinke in the rotation, so bad news regarding Shaun Marcum is not ideal. However, the righty believes while he may have to skip a start in spring training, he will be on track for the regular season. (MLB.com)

THE NATURAL: Ken Griffey, Jr.'s talent on the field sometimes evoked comparisons to the immortal Ray Hobbs, but who knew that Griffey had untapped potential? Griffey stopped by the Mariners' broadcast booth for five innings Friday and drew rave reviews. (MLB.com)

BENGIE WANTS TO PLAY: Don't call Bengie Molina retired, brother Jose of the Blue Jays says. Rather, Molina isn't interested in playing unless any contract he signs "shows him sufficient respect." Is it just me, or is an offer to extend your career and haul in at least another half-million plenty of respect to give? (FOX Sports)

INCREMENTAL PROGRESS: The Yankees haven't made formal who the Nos. 4 and 5 starters will be (bank on Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia) but now we know who is following CC Sabathia on the mound: A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes, respectively. (New York Post)

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Posted on: February 14, 2011 5:45 pm

Mets' Perez wants to start

Oliver Perez Oliver Perez wants to start, and I want a jetpack.

Anyway, Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that the left-hander wants a shot at New York's rotation and he'll get a chance, even though it sounds like he'll more likely end up in the bullpen as a left-handed specialist, even though the team has a pair of openings in its rotation.

From the New York Times :
“I said, here’s my feelings,” Collins said of the meeting. ” ’Maybe you need a fresh start. Maybe you need a different role.’ He said, ’Well, if that’s what you want me to do.’ I said: ’No, you have to want to do it. You have to buy into it. If you don’t, it’s not going to work. And so if you feel you want a shot, that you can make this club as a starter, then by God, you’re going to be given that opportunity. And then as we get into spring training we’ll see what the results will be.’ ”
Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Perez looked better in Monday's bullpen session than he did at any time last season, which is hardly high praise. Perez was 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA in 17 games, seven starts, last season. He pitched 46 1/3 innings and had a WHIP of 2.072, walking nearly a batter an inning (42 walks).

However, left-handers did hit just .214 against him in 2010 -- even though he still struggled with control, which gave opposing batters a .411 on-base percentage against him last season. For his career, lefties hit .226/.317/.374.
“Left-handed guys do not hit him,” Collins said. “He walks some, but they don’t hit him. So we’re in a situation where if you get into this spring training and you see a change may be coming, we’re going to talk to you, keep you on a daily basis, let you know what we’re thinking. He was fine.”
No matter what happens, Perez will make $12 million, so he's got that going for him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 6:57 pm

Backman to manage Mets Double-A team

Wally Backman didn't get the job he wanted with the Mets , but he got a job with the Mets. The team named him the manager of Double-A Binghamton on Monday.

Backman, the former Mets second baseman, interviewed for the team's Major League job that went to Terry Collins. Backman was an overwhelming favorite for the job in November before the team chose Collins.

In Binghamton, he succeeds another former Met player, Tim Teufel. Teufel was named the team's manager at Triple-A Buffalo last week.

Backman, 51, managed short-season Class A Brooklyn last season.

"It's exciting to be with the Mets," Backman said in a statement released by the team. "It was almost like a homecoming coming back to the Mets last year. Being traded for the first time takes a piece of you. I would say my heart never left New York."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 4:15 pm

Collins tabs Pelfrey to start opening day

Mike Pelfrey With Johan Santana not available, Mike Pelfrey will be the Mets' opening day starter.

"He deserves it," Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday (via The Star-Ledger). "He earned it. He should have been on the All-Star team last year."

Pelfrey, 27, was 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA last season.

On Tuesday, he signed a deal for nearly $4 million a year, avoiding arbitration.

The Mets start the season on April 1 in Florida, so he'll likely be opposite Josh Johnson in the first game of the season.

Collins also said the team is hoping to sign another left-handed reliever to go along with Taylor Tankersley. He also said the second base job is wide open, adding 23-year old Jordanny Valdespin as a candidate at second along with Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:45 pm

Oh, those zany Mets

You must see the awfulness that is this promotional video for Mets season tickets. It's presented like a news story about the Mets making a big signing, complete with fake news conference and a strategy meeting between manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson about this must-have piece of their 2011 puzzle.

The target? It's you! Get it? It's the biggest twist since The Sixth Sense !

Note to front office: This is how you make a funny fake commercial about the Mets.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 8:27 pm

Mets finalize coaching staff

The Mets have finalized their major-league coaching staff under new skipper Terry Collins.

SI.com's Jon Heyman reports that Mookie Wilson of the 1986 World Series fame will land as first-base coach opposite incumbent third-base coach Chip Hale. Wilson has minor-league managing experience but has served as baserunning coach in recent seasons.

Rounding out the staff that will appear on the field along with Hale and Wilson is bullpen coach Jon Debus who seems to be a Collins-related hire. Debus played in the Dodgers' minor league system from the 1970s-80s before coaching and managing in the farm system before serving as bullpen catcher in 2005. He then moved to Japan where he was on the coaching staff of the Orix Buffaloes.

In the dugout, Collins will be backed up by bench coach Ken Oberkfell, who skippered Triple-A in New York over the past few seasons. Alongside him will be hitting coach Dave Hudgens, who appeared in the majors briefly for the Athletics in 1983. He has served a variety of jobs, including as the Indians' minor-league field coordinator the last five seasons along with a previous gig in Oakland as a minor-league manager.

Dan Warthen will remain pitching coach and has been in that capacity since mid-2008.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 9:23 pm

Backman disappointed he didn't get Mets job

When you're a newspaper writer, nothing ever seems to upset people quite like a headline. Throughout my career, I've been yelled about a headline countless times, only to answer time and time again, that very rarely does the person who writes the story write the headline.

But even with my newspaper background, I sometimes fall for that old trick. And a case in point is this headline from the New York Daily News ; "Wally Backman: Mets should've chosen me over Terry Collins for manager."

Oh, even before I clicked it, I knew I was going to write about how Backman had learned nothing from his exile and he was alienating himself from the new Mets regime and possibly hurting his job status, managing for the Mets' Class A affiliate in Brooklyn.

Then I read John Harper's story .

Instead of an immature Backman flying off the hook, you hear a man who thought he interviewed well and didn't get the job.

From the story:
"I really thought I won them over," Backman said by phone Friday from his home in Oregon. "I came out of each interview thinking it had gone better than the one with the Diamondbacks when I got the job there (in 2004).

"I knew what was being said (in the media), that the other guys were the favorites, but I kept looking at it, thinking I could make them see that I was the best guy for the job. I guess I didn't convince them."
Backman says he still hopes to manage the Mets one day and he isn't quoted as saying anything against Collins or the Mets. In the end, it's just a guy who hoped he would get a job he felt qualified for, and there's nothing wrong with that.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans 

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 5:12 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 5:17 pm

Mets tab Terry Collins as manager

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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