New York Mets manager Terry Collins knew coming into the 2013 MLB season that he would be a lame-duck manager, but that didn’t seem to bother him. However, with the All-Star break in the rear-view mirror and the dog days of August fast approaching, something surely has to give in regards to Collins’ contract situation.
If GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets’ front office wanted to lock up Collins beyond this season, the All-Star break would have been a great time to do it. Not only did the Mets play good baseball for a month leading up to the break and setting up the possibility of a strong second half, but the Mets finally started to buy into what Collins has been selling for the past two and a half years.
The team has started to adopt the personality of their manager and become a hard-working group that grinds out games day after day.
A good month of baseball isn’t enough of a reason to extend Collins’ contract beyond this season, but it does indicate that the Mets are moving in the right direction, and perhaps Collins is a big reason why. There were certainly a lot of rough moments for the Mets earlier in the season especially in May, but Collins was able to guide them out of that rough period, which is something else to consider when debating his future with the team.
Of course, the fact that the Mets allowed Collins to enter the season as a lame-duck manager indicates that they may not view him as the future skipper regardless of what the team does this season. But if he is indeed being given a fair shot to stay with the team beyond the 2013 season, there are a lot of reasons why he deserves to be given a contract extension even before this season ends.