When a team makes a change in the front office and/or the coaching staff, it is a delicate process in hiring a replacement. Their predecessors were let go for a reason, and the high level executives want to make the right decision in order for the franchise to be successful again. After Jerry Manuel’s contract was not renewed with the Mets, I was excited for a new manager to come in and change the culture of this team. Once the decision was made to hire Terry Collins, I was indifferent because I didn’t know much about him at the time.
Even though his previous runs as manager in Houston and Anaheim didn’t go well and his tenure at those places ended even worse, his current demeanor with this young team makes it obvious to me that Collins is the right man to bring winning to Citi Field. His
knowledge of the farm system is extensive since he worked in the Mets minor league system through player personnel. Now that his starting lineup can contain up to eight homegrown players, he is well aware of how they were brought up through the system, mostly because he was doing so first hand. Also, time changes a lot of things. Collins was a lot younger in his earlier managerial days and was tightly wound. As he’s gotten older, he has gained more wisdom; he knows when to be relaxed and when to be intense, which is a delicate balance.
I’m a proponent of bringing in a manager with a different personality than the previous one. Manuel was great at times during his tenure with the Mets, but his overall persona was too laid back, especially for a team that was on its way to getting younger. Collins has the perfect balance of being a maniac and being a father figure to his players. Before the 2011 season, I wondered if Collins would be the right fit in New York, and he immediately showed me that he was the perfect fit for the job. For me, it got to the point during the Manuel years that if they were behind in the late innings, I rarely expected them to come back and win. Now, I’m happy to think the opposite again
I have confidence in this team that they can come back from any type of deficit in the late innings because they have proven that they are a resilient bunch and fight until the last out is recorded. That attitude and swagger is back; the last time I remember this persona being prevalent throughout the team is when Willie Randolph was in charge back in 2006. Can this be a special year for the Mets? Absolutely. Even though they have continually been picked to finish dead last in the division, they have the talent and potential to make some noise in the National League East. The players need to stay healthy and continue to live up to the expectations of the coaching staff to do so.
How long will Collins be in the orange and blue? I’m not sure, but I hope it’s for a while because with him steering the ship, the Mets are going to continue this upward trend towards the top of the pyramid. Either way, Sandy Alderson has given Terry Collins a group of players that make the New York Mets fun to watch again.