Mets manager Terry Collins to resign, take front office job for next season
Sunday afternoon will indeed be manager Terry Collins‘ last game on the bench, but he’ll be sticking around with the organization beyond this year
The turmoil behind Collins’ last days at the helm of the Mets hasn’t gone unnoticed. The reports coming from anonymous sources at both the player and the front office level made it look like this departure would end up a lot messier than it apparently will.
Thankfully, it seems the team and the 68-year-old manager have come to an agreement about what will happen once this season comes to a close.
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Collins will resign after the game on Sunday as manager, but will stay with the Mets into 2018. Rosenthal says Collins will be in the front office next year, although he didn’t specify at what capacity.
To be fair, Collins doesn’t have a deal for next year, so him offering a resignation when he’s not even under contract beyond Sunday is a bit interesting.
Collins has been the manager for the Mets for the last seven years. He came on board when the Mets were in the middle of an ugly rebuild in 2011, and was able to help right the ship to lead the team to a National League pennant in 2015, and a second straight postseason appearance last season when the Mets faced off against the Giants in the Wild Card game.
Unfortunately, Collins’ decisions have on several occasions been more than just questionable. His usage of the bullpen early on in the season was looked at by many experts as too burdensome for certain guys. While we may never know if those calls were directly correlated to the struggles the bullpen suffered, it’s not hard to extrapolate the two were not coincidences.
Obviously, it’s hard to blame a manager for the insane amount of injuries the team suffered this year, but ultimately the fact that Collins reportedly lost the confidence of the clubhouse will likely be what sealed his fate as manager.
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The Mets apparently value Collins’ knowledge and input, so while they had no obligation to offer him a front office position for 2018, it’s nice to see at least they’ll have him stick around.