The Mets announced Tuesday that Terry Collins will return as manager of the club in 2015.
The Mets also hold a club option on Collins for 2016.
The news on Collins was to be expected, having been reported (but not confirmed) along with general manager Sandy Alderson’s extension on Monday.
In the nearly four years he’s spent as manager, Collins has guided the Mets to a record of 301-341.
If the Mets do not go at least 5-1 to finish the season, Collins will be the first manager in team history to oversee four consecutive losing seasons and return to manage a fifth.
This news was expected, making the response from most (including here) a bit muted.
Frankly, the belief here is that the Mets can certainly do better at manager.
Collins, while apparently liked by most players and the front office, has tactical shortcomings that outweigh his ability to motivate.
Collins is a decent, loyal, passionate man, but not one who will often out-manage the counterpart in the opposing dugout.
For the sake of the Mets and their short-term success, hopefully what Collins lacks analytically/in-game wise can be made partially made up by input from his field staff.
As far as the Mets not also picking up Collins’ 2016 option, that’s absolutely the right move.
As is noted above, unless the Mets go 5-1 or better to finish the season, they will finish below .500 for the fourth straight year with Collins at the helm.
The roster construction has not been Collins’ fault, but after a certain amount of losing – no matter who put the team together – a change is needed.