The Mets have lost eight of their last 10 games and have been officially eliminated from playoff contention.
It has now been seven years since their last playoff appearance, in what will be their fifth straight losing season.
Nevertheless, according to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, Terry Collins is all but guaranteed to be back as the team’s manager in 2014.
“The fact the Wilpon family, which controls the Mets, has a deep appreciation for Collins is known throughout the industry,” Puma wrote. “The Wilpons and general manager Sandy Alderson value Collins as a loyal lieutenant who has put his ego aside and walked the organizational line without creating waves.”
It had been believed that September results would factor in to how the front office judged Collins. However, a high-ranking club official told Puma that is no longer the case, since this would essentially be like grading him on the team’s performance in Grapefruit League games.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It is starting to feel like a foregone conclusion that he’ll be back. They’re gonna have to give him a two-year deal, because that is fairly standard, which means going through all of this in a year again, anyway. It was my understanding from the get-go that Terry would be a transitional figure, the guy to sort of babysit the bridge from Team Minaya to Team Alderson. That no longer seems to be the case. So, either he did such a bang-up job in their eyes that he warrants coming back, the transition is about to continue… or there are no better options available (since it’s quite clear Wally Backman will never get this gig under Alderson’s time at GM)?
In either case, it seems Collins will be manager again. That’s fine by me, so long as they give him better players to manage. I don’t care who is managing, because if he’s repeatedly asked to manage a Triple-A lineup, he’s going to get Triple-A results. I have no idea if Collins can lead a team through a post-season, because I’ve never seen this version of him tasked with that challenge; and I have no idea what type of team he’s going to be asked to lead, since this current group has so many holes. It’s all so unknown. The only given is Zack Wheeler will be in the rotation and David Wright will be at third base, with Travis d’Aranud likely behind the plate. Short of that, what else can you tell me is a given about the team Collins will be charged with leading?
Here are poll results from earlier this week on MetsBlog, asking readers to vote on the job Collins is doing as manager:
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