Las Vegas oddsmaker Bovada sets Terry Collins third on its list of most likely MLB managers to be fired this season (ESPN, Apr. 2).
The Mets and Collins agreed to a two-year contract extension this past winter, which contains an option for 2016.
“Terry has done an outstanding job for us,” Sandy Alderson said at the end of last season, during which the Mets won just 74 games for the second consecutive year.
In Alderson’s view, Collins had an outstanding year, his team never quit, they played hard, they continued to play with limited resources and finished as well as could have been expected.
“We are certainly not happy with the win-loss record the last year, or last year three years,” Collins said at his October press conference. “We’re very excited about 2014. It’s time to put some wins on the board.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
These odds are absurd, especially for Collins. Alderson clearly believes Terry is the guy to – at the very least – lead this year’s team and next year’s team, otherwise why would he have brought him back? It’s my understanding that Alderson committed to bringing back Collins as early as last summer, but simply held off making making it public because, well, I guess anything is possible in New York.
As I said in October last year, I’m fine with Terry being back at manager. He’s not the best or worst at his job. The players like him, they respect him, he has a good energy and he knows the farm system inside and out, which is going to be important the next few years. This team’s bigger problem is the overall roster and having just one – maybe two - impact bats. Terry is the least of their concerns…