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Terry Collins is introduced as 20th manager of the New York Mets

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Flushing, NY (Nov 24) – The New York Mets have a new sheriff in town and his name is Terry Collins. The Mets formally introduced their new manager to everyone yesterday at an 11:00AM press conference. The formal part of the press conference was brief with only about five questions being asked. I am not the only one wondering if this was done on purpose but the beat writers didn’t get to ask questions until the breakout sessions when it was more of a one on one.

Terry Collins appeared to be relaxed and handled himself well. He stated that he will be focusing on the fundamentals and he is not the “devil some have made him out to be.” He stated that he thinks they have a very good team and that his goal for next season is to be the last team standing. Russ Salzberg of My9 in New York asked him if that is a realistic goal and he said why not, I do not think anyone at this time last year would have said the Giants could do it.

Collins is 61 years old and his last job managing was in Japan. Collins said today that, he thought when he left that job in 2008 that he was done. Omar Minaya the former GM of the Mets called last year though to offer Collins the job of running the Mets farm system. Collins said no at first, stating that he thought he was done.

Minaya though kept badgering him and he did take the job, now he is happy he has because look where he has ended up. Collins is the 20th on field manager of the Mets. Sandy Alderson who is the new general manager said this “We were not looking for someone who was an extension of us. We were looking for someone who was going to be complementary to us. I think that’s what we’re getting.”

Collins has a career managerial record of 444-434 over six seasons with the Houston Astros and the Anaheim Angels. Collins made enemies in both places and left under bad circumstances but he has also made friends. He has a fiery, passionate personality. Alderson also had this to say “From my standpoint, I don’t view this as high risk at all. Terry separated himself from the other candidates. We had some good ones, so I’m very comfortable.”

Collins said, “There’s only 30 of these jobs. They’re very, very difficult to get. They’re very, very difficult to do.” He also said this about the incident in Anaheim 11 years ago, that led to him resigning because he lost the clubhouse. “I did a bad job managing the clubhouse, no question about it. I am accountable for that; I was the manager of the team. I should have done a better job of staying on top of it. I didn’t, I learned from it and it will never happen here, I guarantee it will not happen here.”

Collins has insinuated that he has cooled down a bit but the Mets do not want him to change his fiery personality, they like that about him. The Mets know that he is about fundamentals, he believes in sacrifice bunts, throwing strikes and good defense.

The Mets need to get more wins now then they have in the last few years and that is the bottom line but they feel they are set up better for success. They cannot guarantee it of course but feel better about themselves. The Mets seem to have a plan, vision, focus now that they have not had in a few years and that is a good thing. Collins is here on a two-year deal and if it does not work out, they have Wally Backman waiting in the wings but they are relying on his experience and fiery personality transforming this club into a winner.

The Mets also today announced that Howard Johnson will be relieved of his duties as hitting coach but will remain with the organization in some capacity. The Mets will look inside and outside of the organization for a new hitting coach. They have retained Chip Hale and Dan Warthen on their staff.

Omar Minaya may stay on staff in some capacity but has some other offers; he is not rushing to make a decision though. The Mets will not be major players in the free agent market but now with their staff set they can work on building a team suited to the manager and the front office. I think the Mets will sign a veteran pitcher like a Javy Vazquez or Jon Garland. They may try to trade Luis Castillo or Carlos Beltran. I believe that they will just release Oliver Perez unless someone will take him, but I would doubt that.

The Mets have a couple of young people in Josh Thole and Ike Davis but Collins worked with them both last season. The Mets appear to be on the right track only time will tell.

The Mets need to get off to a good start but one of the failings of Collins has been he has floundered down the stretch and he and his team will have to turn that around this season if they are in a pennant race come September.

gmarchesej Posted by on November 24, 2010. Filed under Breaking News,Mets,MLB News,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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