Much to the dismay of a large faction of New York Mets’ fans, it’s expected that manager Terry Collins will be offered a contract extension after the season, allowing him to return to the team for the 2014 season and possibly beyond. Despite the team’s poor record, there’s little that Collins has done wrong this season; the team has continued to play hard every day, and they’re even in position to finish third in the NL East despite a rash of injuries to key players.
However, while Collins probably deserves a chance to come back, no one’s asking the question does Collins want to come back to the Mets in 2014? Obviously, managing a MLB team is the pinnacle of Collins’ profession, and since he’s unlikely to get that opportunity from any of the other 29 teams, he’ll likely stay with the Mets if he’s offered a contract, but other than that, why would he want to?
General manager Sandy Alderson has publicly complimented the job Collins has done as manager and spoke openly about his support for Collins, but we all know actions speak louder than words. There has been no action on the part of Alderson with regards to Collins’ job. There was a great opportunity to give Collins an extension at the All-Star break when the Mets played great baseball for over a month and finished the first half strong, but that didn’t happen. The Mets have allowed Collins to spend the entire season as a lame-duck manager, which is no easy task for a manager.
Moreover, the Mets aren’t likely to offer a long contract extension, possibly only getting one guaranteed year with an option for a second, which is shorter than the contract he received when he was first named the Mets manager three years ago. The Mets didn’t have a lot of faith in Collins to be a long-term solution when they first made him their manager, and they still don’t seem to have much faith in him; he’s simply the best they can get.
Despite what Alderson has said, Collins hasn’t received a lot of support from the Mets’ front office, and he definitely hasn’t had a lot of job security during his three-year tenure in New York. That begs the question why he would want to return as manager of the Mets in 2014? At this point in his career, Collins isn’t in a position to be turning down managerial jobs. But considering how he’s been treated over the last three years, especially this year, when Collins does receive that contract extension after the season, he may think twice, just for a second or two, about signing it.