In a column for the Daily News, John Harper argues that Terry Collins should return as his team’s manager next season and given a chance to win with a better roster.
“This game is about the players,” Collins told Harper. “Do I want to be here next year? Sure I do. But it’s not something I worry about, because you preach and you preach and you preach [to players] to only worry about what you can control, and that’s what I do.”
Since taking over as the manager before the 2011 season, Collins’ Mets have gone 178-214. However, his teams have gone just 59-88 after the All-Star break.
Michael Baron, ContributorIt’s so easy to just blame the manager for the team being 14 games under .500 in mid-June. But that’s just not entirely fair. Sure, ultimately everyone should be held accountable — including Terry and his staff — and there have been many questionable moves and misuses of the bullpen over that time.
But, the fact remains that day in and day out for two years, Collins has been playing with a very short hand against much better teams in the other dugout, and he is constantly being outgunned. He can be a baseball wizard in the dugout, massage and mold people, tell them what they’re doing is wrong, and how to do things better. He can’t make them more talented — no manager in the world can do that. It’s up to the general manager to provide him with better talent, at which point a fairer evaluation of Collins’ field skills can be measured.
In listening to Sandy Alderson talk about Collins’ future, it doesn’t sound like the decision will be based on wins and losses.Rather, the evaluation is more about the growth and how he motivates current players on the roster.
It seems to me if they were sure Collins was the best fit for that next phase, they would have extended his deal by now regardless of how the team performed…