Two More Years of Terry Collins
In case you missed it, the Mets extended manager Terry Collins through 2015, with an option for 2016.
Additionally, the team retained Collins’ entire coaching staff, including pitching coach Dan Warthen, who also received a two-year contract.
And yes, hitting coach Dave Hudgens was retained as well.
According to Sandy Alderson, Collins was extended due to the way the team played in the last 100 games of 2013:
“Terry has done an outstanding job for us. We’re not happy with the win-loss record we had this year, particularly unhappy with the home record. On the other hand, we had a winning record on the road. And, if you look at the last 100 games of the season we played .500 baseball.”
Alderson also said:
“In many ways, Terry had an outstanding year. The team never quit, continued to play hard, continued to play with the resources it had at hand and finished as well as we could have expected.”
So, Sandy and the Mets are not happy with the team’s won-loss record, but they are happy with a winning record on the road. And they’re happy going 50-50 over the last 100 games, because they played hard. Sandy is also happy with Collins, and finished as well as could be expected, because he had limited resources. In other words, because Alderson gave him a rotten team? Is that what he’s saying? In other words, Alderson is taking the blame for the losing season, is what I gather.
Collins said this about his “resources”:
I don’t have control over the names in the clubhouse, my job is to get my guys better. We have to play better, there is no other way to put it. We have to be better. … I don’t ever question the people that are put in the clubhouse. I know exactly how Sandy, J.P. and Paul go about their jobs and who they’re after. We talk all the time about it. That’s not my territory. My territory is to try and make sure Juan Lagares got better, that Travis d’Arnaud got better. Ultimately, there’s gonna be 50 guys that walk on that field and I don’t care who they are.
I’m not sure what to make of these comments. Maybe you can help.
And, not for nuthin’, but remember the discussion we had about round numbers, such as Dillon Gee‘s 200 innings? It’s interesting that Alderson used the last 100 games, instead of, say, the last 110 games — during which the Mets were 52-58, or, 6 games below .500. Similarly, why not choose the last 90 games, when their record was 44-46, or the last 70 games, when they went 33-37? Or the last 50, when they went 22-28? It’s remarkable, isn’t it, that the number 100 was picked out of the sky, and it just so happened to work out perfectly?
In three years with Terry Collins as manager, the Mets record is 225-261. Hey, that’s better than their record in their first three years under Joe Torre, so there you go.
Fire away in the comments.