The Mets are nearing the end of a disappointing 2017 season and have shifted focus to 2018 in recent weeks. Whatever the roster looks like next year the Mets should also have a new manager at the helm
Terry Collins is in the final year of a two-year extension he signed at the end of the 2015 season. The Mets skipper has indicated in the recent past that this may be his last season managing the team, which would be for the best.
The Mets are clearly a team in transition, this season obviously not going as planned. Veteran players have been shipped off and top prospects promoted, giving us a glimpse of what we will be seeing more of in 2018. It’s pretty clear the Mets will look very different next season. With that should come a new voice in the front of the dugout.
There’s no doubt Collins has done a lot for the organization. He guided the ship through some pretty lean seasons before getting them all the way to the World Series in 2015, as well as keeping everything together last season when it seemed everyone on the roster was going down to injury, somehow earning a Wild Card birth.
With that said, eight seasons is a long time and Collins is already the oldest manager in the majors at 68 years of age, respectively. The team could certainly benefit from a fresh set of eyes, perhaps ones more in tune with how the game is evolving. The questionable handling of Michael Conforto, weird lineup constructions, and continuously poor bullpen management are just some of the things that Collins has taken heat for this year alone. Don’t even get us started on the unnecessary double switch of Dom Smith in his debut. Really?
No matter how you feel about Terry Collins, he has earned to at least go out on his own terms. He is the franchise leader in games managed. With that said, it’s imperative the team goes in a different direction next season. Sandy Alderson stated that this season is not the beginning of a tear-down situation and that it’s more of a pause button. They need a new manager to press play in 2018.