To keep his job, Collins must inspire & keep team above .500

In order to keep his job beyond this season, Terry Collins must prove to management that his young players are ‘listening to him,‘ Bob Klapisch reports in the Bergen Record.

“The best-case scenario for Collins is to keep the Mets around .500 and then finish out September with a modest surge,” Klapisch explains.

In addition, he says, Collins must also be more like Orioles manager Buck Showalter, “able to get the most out of a below-average club.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In other words, he’s screwed. His players have already tuned him out once in the second half of last year and (even with the best decisions) I’m not sure he has enough talent to stretch out success, like the O’s last season. I hope I’m wrong. I like Terry and I’d love to see a miracle, for him, for us, for the team, for everyone. That’s why I keep watching and why I love baseball. However, in reality, it just feels like the deck is stacked against him — and the fact that he hasn’t been given a contract extension and no one from the team wants to talk about it suggests this is accurate.

Who’s next? I don’t know. It’s too early for that. I also have no read on if Terry would be fired mid-year, assuming things don’t get better. If he does, I still think there’s a better chance Tim Teufel gets the gig over Wally Backman (at least during the season).