Mets: Possible managerial replacements for Terry Collins

By Christina Cola
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 30: Robin Ventura
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 30: Robin Ventura /

It seemed like we’d never see the day when Terry Collins would not captain the Mets ship.

But as the yet draws to a close it becomes more apparent that Collins will not be returning to the Mets in 2018. I tip my hat to Terry for all he’s done for us these past few years, as well as for all the times he’s driven us mad with his bullpen carousel.

So who’s on deck to replace him? A couple names have been thrown out this morning. Including Bob Geren, Kevin Long, Alex Cora, Chip Hale, and former Met, Robin Ventura.

Personally, I would love to see Ventura as the Mets new skipper. He played for the Mets from 1999-2001, right at the height of the Mets late 90’s success. Ventura didn’t put up historic numbers in that time, but I always appreciated his hustle. He was scrappy. In fact, his best season was his first with the team where he went .301/.370/.529. That was also the same year that Ventura pulled off the following postseason heroic:

If you guessed that I ran around my house that night screaming “there will be a game 6!” you’re absolutely right.

Ventura hasn’t had fantastic seasons as a manager of the White Sox. Much like his first season playing for the Mets, his first year managing the Sox was his best. The team finished second in the division with a record of 85-77. Since 2012 the Sox have been on the decline. They’ve been in an ongoing rebuild which you can’t really fault Ventura for.

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It’s been one year since Ventura left the Sox and was replaced by bench coach Rick Renteria. Not that any of these other candidates wouldn’t be a good fit for the Mets, but it’s always nice to see a former player return as a manager.  (Are you listening, David Wright?)