3 Mets managers whose records are not indicative of their value to the club

Terry Collins
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3) Terry Collins, 551-583

Terry Collins probably deserves a bit more admiration from Mets fans than he gets. Nobody has managed more seasons and more games in Mets history than Collins (1,134). And only Davey Johnson has won more games as Mets manager (Johnson 595, Collins 551).

Collins came to the Mets with a fiery reputation. He would begin his managerial career with five straight winning seasons, the first three with the Houston Astros and then with the Los Angeles Angels…each time earning a second place finish. His third season with the Angels was disastrous as he lost the clubhouse and the players actually petitioned ownership to get rid of him.

After a two-year stint in Japan, Collins was hired to be the minor league field coordinator for the Mets. And after one season in that role, he was named manager before the 2011 season.

Collins was charged with bringing along the young players and nurturing their development. And even while the organization was dealing with outside problems, it culminated in a World Series appearance in 2015.

During his seven seasons, Collins would finish only two seasons over .500. Collins would retire as Mets manager with a winning percentage of .486…a record of 551-583. And, yet, he would be one of five Mets managers to take the team to the World Series, along with Gil Hodges (1969), Yogi Berra (1973), Davey Johnson (1986), and Bobby Valentine (2000). Collins would have the lowest winning percentage of them all…yet he is right up there with them where it counts…a trip to the World Series.