“[Sandy Alderson] is scheduled to interview Terry Collins this weekend in San Diego and a person who has talked in recent days with Mets officials left those conversations believing Collins is anywhere from “a strong candidate to the front-runner. I think it is possible that all the interviews are just covering bases and they already like Collins the best.””
To me, one of the benefits which comes from an internal candidate is he already has a familiarity with the players and a lot of the minor league talent in the organization, so the learning curve isn’t as steep as it is from an external candidate. That by no means makes someone like Collins the ideal manager, but combining that with his experience at the major league level certainly makes him appealing.
The 61 year old Collins, who never finished higher than second place in his career, managed the Houston Astros from 1994-1996, and after leaving Houston, his successor, Larry Dierker, led the Astros to three consecutive playoff appearances.
Collins also managed the Anaheim Angels from 1997-1999 and was relieved of his duties in Anaheim with a 51-82 record in 1999 after his players petitioned the front office to fire him.
Collins has a 444-434 lifetime record as a major league manager, and while he was a catcher in both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations from 1971-1978, 1980, and 1984, he never played in the major leagues.
He served as a minor league field coordinator for the Mets this past season.
For more on Collins, check out his Wikipedia page here.