After the 2010 season, Sandy Alderson took over as the General Manager of the New York Mets and hired former Houston Astros and Anaheim Angels Manager Terry Collins to steer the ship. Over his tenure with the team, Collins has posted a 241-280 record. Over the last three seasons, Mets fans and the Mets front office have given Terry a pass because of the talent on the team. Many people assume that just because the team is bad, the manager should get the benefit of the doubt. A team can have little talent and a bad coach. It does not have to be one or the other.
Terry is a great guy and players love to play for him. He sticks up for his guys and his guys stick up for him. However, it’s becoming more apparent every day that Terry is not a good in-game manager. One of the most important jobs of the head coach is to properly manage the bullpen. We have seen time and time again where Collins has waited too long to take someone out, or has taken someone out when that pitcher was still the best option.
Second guessing manager’s decisions are easy. Hindsight is always 20/20. But now with social media, fans aren’t waiting to second guess his decisions before the results are in. For example, when the Mets faced the Miami Marlins on Monday earlier this week, Terry brought Daisuke Matsuzaka in the 8th inning of a 3-0 Mets lead. He was facing the top of the order, with feared power hitter Giancarlo Stanton up third. He walked the first two batters after falling behind early in the count. It was clear to everyone watching Dice-K didn’t have it that night. Even Dice-K himself admitted after the game he didn’t have control of his pitches. Terry left him in to face Stanton, who hit a screaming line drive to center field to make it 3-1. Terry surprisingly left him in the game when every Mets fan thought he would have taken him out before the Stanton at bat. Casey McGehee then hit a hard line drive at Omar Quintanilla which should have been caught. However, the ball glanced off Omar’s glove and went into left field. Again, another ball hit right on the screws. With 1st and 2nd nobody out and the Mets hanging on to a 3-2 lead, this also should have been all for Dice-K. Terry left him in and Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled to right center and the game was tied 3-3. Finally Terry took Dice-K out, three batters too late. This is just one example of many that show fans aren’t second guessing him after the results, but before.
With all this being said, the Mets front office signed him to a two year contract extension. Which means we should expect to continue to see Terry behind the Mets bench for at least the rest of this year.