On Tuesday, the New York Mets introduced Terry Collins as the 20th manager in their 50 year history.
Collins served as the organization’s minor league field coordinator this past season. He previously managed the Houston Astros from 1994 to 1996 and the then-Anaheim Angels from 1997 to 1999, compiling a 444-434 record.
The 61-year-old most recently managed the Orix Buffaloes in Japan in 2007 and 2008. He was also one of three finalists the last time the Mets searched for a manager, instead they went with Willie Randolph in 2005.
Collins inherits a team that has suffered consecutive losing seasons and has $130 million committed to payroll for the 2011 season.
He signed a 2-year contract with a team option for 2013.