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After yesterday’s season ending 11-0 loss versus the Phillies (in reality, the season ended for the Mets in May, but the regular season came to a close yesterday) Terry Collins addressed the media for the final time, saying “It’s been a blast, but it’s time to go”.
Terry Collins, since taking over the job prior to the 2011 season, is the longest tenured manager in Mets franchise history, has taken the Mets to two postseason berths, including an NL Pennant, and was around for some of the most memorable moments in the history of the ball club, including Johan Santana’s no hitter, R.A Dickey’s 20 win season, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom’s All-Star appearances, and everything in between.
Of course, Terry was not a winning manager, the Mets only had two winning seasons in his seven year tenure, and he left with a sour taste in his mouth, as previously discussed.
Regardless, Terry Collins will be missed, as will his accessibility with the press and his infectious personality and desire to win. Terry will stay in a low capacity role with the Mets front office, though the ins and outs of what he will be doing is still unknown.
I don’t usually talk about ownership here on MetsPlus, but after watching the drama over Terry Collins impending departure, I feel like I have to at least share my thoughts, even if it’s not pro-Mets in the least.
First, as I’ve stated many times to Twitter, I’m not a huge Terry Collins fan, I believe he makes many questionable in-game decisions, frustrates fans, answers some questions the wrong way from the media, and does make your head spin. Despite that, Collins has been able to rally the team to two postseasons, including a NL Pennant. On top of that, every player I’ve spoken to and everyone around the team has spoken extremely highly of him and his personality in rallying the troops.
However, if you were new in town and saw the media coverage and “leaks” you would think that Terry Collins is the worst person to ever step 100 feet from Citi Field.
In brief, the Mets seemingly blamed Terry for Familia’s injury, and also reported that they seriously considered firing him during multiple points in his tenure.
Quickly, the media seemed to back Terry:
So look, here are my thoughts in a nutshell via an analogy: When you own a bus, and the bus driver has been working the same route for seven years, and, despite some shortcomings, you don’t stab the wheels of the bus driver THREE DAYS before his tenure is over. And, to add insult to injury they are quietly doing it without saying that they are doing it.
Maybe I shouldn’t be this upset, but my frustrations with the Mets have been through the roof, and I question rooting for a team with owners of such poor morals.
Yesterday, Baseball analyst Jon Heyman wrote an article on the Fan Rag Sports Blog entitled “The Tea Leaves Don’t Look Good for Terry Collins”, where he elaborates on the fact that most of the organization and fanbase likes Terry, however, all signs are indicating that the Mets will not renew his contract, even though there is no direct evidence.
Despite the cryptic wording, I think that Heyman is correct in that Collins will not come back in 2018. While Collins will leave a lasting impression on Mets fans for years to come, it’s no secret his managerial regime is become awfully tired. Even if it’s just psychological, there is the feeling emulating from the clubhouse that he is on the way out, and keeping him around for any longer would seem to prevent the Mets from “turning the new leaf” that they want to do as quickly as possible before their window of opportunity closes.
On the flip side, though, while it would make sense to remove Collins as quickly as possible to get the players aquatinted with a new manager, I believe Collins, who took the Mets to the world series and consecutive postseasons, has earned the right to finish out his year, and that’s why nothing is confirmable from the front office.
Either way, I’d like to thank Terry for his guidance and taking the team to their fifth National League championship, despite the shortcomings, everyone can agree that Terry was a favorite in the clubhouse and in the organization, and his work is appreciated.
I’ve been a Mets fan since 2006. I know that doesn’t seem like much, but I’m only 15. It’s fair to say that a good portion of my day is consumed by the New York Mets. My entire evening is, six to seven days a week, and I spend a good amount of time reading my favorite Mets blogs out there, like Just Mets, Mets Merized, Mets Blog ESPN, Amazin Avenue, MetsBlog.com, and plenty others. And, of course, I have MetsPlus, which I devote a fair amount of time in to every day. Buy and large, the Mets are my team, and I’ve wholeheartedly invited them into a huge portion of my life. Since I’ve been a Mets fan, we’ve never been satisfied with a manager. Willie Randolph? People liked him in 2006, but the collapse of 2007 doomed him, I was surprised he was allowed back in 2008. Jerry Manuel was smart, but once the Mets moved into Citi, and the pieces didn’t come together, he too was doomed. Then came Terry Collins, the man who has received more criticism then any Mets manager in a long time, and, come to think of it, a lot of it is justified.
My wise friend Shannon from MetsPolice.com wrote this amazing article before the Mets May collapse, talking about how the Wilpons got a “taste” of winning, and that the 11 game win streak could ultimately lead to Collins demise, and it could make them more anxious to pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade. I have to agree with Shannon on both of those fronts, for the former, I agree with him because I personally believe that Collins can be held accountable for the Mets slump as of late. Lets take a look at the Mets lineups. Ruben Tejada has somehow made his way into five of the last seven games starting lineups, despite batting an abysmal 205. Why is that? Why was Juan Lagares not batting leadoff, like he was all of Spring Training? If the Mets hadn’t had such a successful April, I believe there would be a much bigger debate on that. John Mayberry Jr and Kirk Nieuwenhuis have seven combined hits, double that number for one hitter and you still have an unsuccessful bench player.
The Mets have a lot of problems. And we are only half way through the list.
Why is Curtis Granderson looking to walk in situations that call for a big hit? A 235 batting average is completely unacceptable for a man that has only hit three home runs and is payed $16 million dollars to do so. Why is it that Wilmer Flores makes an error in almost every game? Since MLB is the world’s biggest stage, you are telling me that Wilmer Flores is in the world’s list of 25 greatest shortstops? No, he isn’t, not even close. Why has Daniel Murphy, Citi Field’s most consistent hitter, been bounced around in the lineup, and why was he benched on Thursday to accommodate Tejada, when the Mets had two days off the week prior? Where is Michael Cuddyer? Was he really getting a boost from Colorado, and is he ever going to hit above 250 again? When the Mets pitchers begin to slump, who is going to take charge? How many times are the Mets going to postpone David Wright’s date of resuming the slightest baseball activity? And finally, and most importantly why is it that Las Vegas, managed by acclaimed manager Wally Backman, maintains a league best 24-12 record, despite it’s roster being bounced around and being decimated to accommodate the MLB roster. Why is it that a lot of players happen to preform well under Wally Backman, but struggle under Collins? Well, one answer is that it’s the difference of AAA to MLB, but I think it’s something more, remember D’Arnaud last year? His problem was fixed the moment he went down to AAA. Are the #FireTerry guys right, and should we bring Backman here ASAP?
Well, let me truly scare Mets fans. Let’s say Backman comes up tomorrow after Collins screws up tonight’s game. Then, hypothetically, let’s say the Mets continue to slide after Backman is recruited. That will send Mets fans into total panic mode. But that could happen if Collins gets fired. The answer is simple. The Mets need to stop being stand-patters and become buyers, now. And when I say now, I mean before the Cardinals leave New York, and preferably before. The Mets have first place now, and they might not before the end of today, May 16th. We might be looking at a 15 month wait if the Mets don’t take urgent action. The blame does have to fall on the coach, but you also need good players. Operation Flores was a fail, and Cuddyer and Granderson have been as well. If I was the GM, I would get a big name in here, as well as Wally Backman. The Time is now for the New York Mets, they are blessed with great pitching, and it is a disgrace that they don’t back it up with proper hitting. I’ve never been so upset with this franchise, but I hope you believe that my reasons are justified.