Mets Hire Terry Collins to Manage in 2011

Thankfully, and mercifully, the process of hiring the 2011 Mets manager has finally come to a conclusion; the Mets have hired Terry Collins.

After the hiring of General Anderson, I distinctly remember the pundits informing us that the new GM was likely to hire a new manager swiftly. It sure didn’t feel “swift”, but at least it’s over. Now we can move on to much more important matters, like, who is going to replace Charlie Samuels in the clubhouse?

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. mic November 21, 2010 at 11:36 pm
    Collins or Melvin could be fine. either way the Wilpons have made themselves look inept again. ..

    They could have done this hire in Aug and who knows;
    – got a chance to preview the manager…for less yrs
    -AND possibly sparked a WC earning surge, and sewed a clubhouse together…a clubhouse which pretty much will be the same basic group….

    • Joe Janish November 22, 2010 at 12:07 am
      Mic, thanks for bringing up the timing of this announcement. It seems so long ago now, but in early October I bemoaned the Mets for waiting so darn long to get moving on the rebuilding process –

      Of course, we know the Mets really weren’t thinking about changing anything at all until Beelzebud Selig stepped in and forced the issue.

  2. gary s. November 22, 2010 at 12:59 am
    now that terry (my team quit on me twice) collins is the new manager, i hope backman finds employment with another team.if he stays in the mets system at high a or double a as a manager, the minute the mets hit a losing streak or terry (i haven’t managed in 11 years) collins starts to remind us of jerry manuel, all the mets fans will be screaming for wally to take over,I’d rather not see that kind of nonsense play out in 2011.By the way, on sny during the jets postgame show, adam schein said he loves collins.So if collins stinks, we can take it out on him..
  3. Andy November 22, 2010 at 1:32 am
    Any chance Backman will at least get to manage Binghamton or Buffalo if he stays in the organization? I can understand not jumping him straight to the MLB, but if they keep him down in single-A then they are clearly not thinking of him as a “rising star”.

    Nothing against Teufel or Oberkfell, but I’d like to see Wally get a chance before losing him to another organization.

  4. Elliot S. November 22, 2010 at 6:58 am
    Mr. Janish, why do you have to be such a dick about things?

    I understand that you’d prefer that the Mets have made changes in August, which I’m tempted, again, to agree with you on. But once they hired Mr. Alderson as GM, that ship sailed. It took Mr. Alderson roughly three and a half weeks from the moment he was rumored hired to (reportedly) hire Mr. Collins. During that time period, he also hired two high-level front office members and lost his father unexpectedly in a car accident.

    While I think he should have focused on manager over whatever Mr. DePodesta’s made-up title is, we are, regardless, seeing swift action by this front office.

    Unless, that is, taking a day off when your father dies is unacceptable. But that’s not what you are implying, correct?

    • Mark Easterling November 22, 2010 at 8:59 am
      I agree (except for the “dick” part 🙂 If the hire would have been any sooner, there would be an accusation that the hiring of Collins was a rush in judgement. I was SO very frustrated with the way Minaya ran the team, but give this new GM some sort of honeymoon until we can see how things turn out. I am very, very impressed with the amount of things that were accomplished in such a short amount of time. Now, on to completing some trades (or at least, cutting some loose).
    • Joe Janish November 22, 2010 at 10:40 am
      You know what, Elliot, I’m beginning to realize that I’m not nearly as big of a “d–k”, as you are; congratulations — that’s quite a feat. And continuing to use that word makes you appear disrespectful and lacking in creativity.
  5. gary s. November 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm
    Joe, thanks for the heads that i know Collins managed the Duluth Huskies in 2009, i have no reservations whatsoever about his qualifications.How could any of the other 3 candidates compete with that kind of resume.If Collins is still here in 2 years i’ll be amazed..