It was reported yesterday that New York Mets manager Terry Collins is likely to return for the 2015 season. Many people may not like this move, but I am totally okay with it. Collins was never really given a team that he could conceivably achieve with; this season has probably been the best team he has had in his four years as manager. Next season the Mets figure to be much better so there will be no excuses for Collins if the team fails.
I see no issue in picking up his team option for 2015. This offseason the Mets should be big time buyers. They have ace Matt Harvey returning from Tommy John surgery, and all of their young pitching should be ready come Opening Day 2015. They will be looking to improve offensively, and hopefully they can land a big bat or two which will give them some much-needed depth to their lineup.
With that being said, Collins must lead this team to an over .500 season, which is something that hasn’t been done since 2008. I have been a Collins guy from day one, but I’ll be the first to say that some of his decisions make me scratch my head. So far he had gotten a bit of a pass due to the fact that the Mets just haven’t spent money on any free agents or brought in big time players via trade. They were waiting on their homegrown talent for years, and now that talent is here and the clock is ticking.
This team should be set up to be successful come 2015; I really don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be. I’ll tell you what, though; if Collins is the manager in 2015, I’m sure he’ll be on a very short leash. If this team gets off to a tough start or falters in any way during the year he will most definitely be gone. Collins has to get the most out of his guys and turn this team into a winner once again.
With the news of Collins most likely returning for 2015, that leaves Triple-A Las Vegas Manager Wally Backman on the short end of the stick once again. Backman one day will make a great manager in MLB. His time will come whether it is with the Mets or another ball club. He has won at every level he’s managed on, and I think his style will translate to the major leagues.
There is still plenty of baseball to be played in 2014, and Collins has done a solid job with this team so far. They have lacked hitting all year long, but the pitching and defense is certainly there. He gets these guys to play hard every single day and that plays a big part in why he should be returning. The team chemistry is now at an all-time high; this unit looks like a family which is what a team should be.
We will see what the future has in store for the Mets, but Collins should be a part of that future at the very least for one more year. He has gotten through the tough times with this team and rightfully deserves to manage a team that is made to win rather than to rebuild.
See Collins and New York finish off the 2014 season by buying Mets tickets and heading over to Citi Field!