Nearly a month after the Mets hired Sandy Alderson to right the ship in the front office as the new General Manager, the team hired Terry Collins as the team’s new manager. Collins joins the team after spending the 2010 season working in the Mets’ scouting department.
The hiring of Collins is a somewhat surprising move after months of speculation included names such as Bobby Valentine, Bob Melvin, and most of all Wally Backman. Collins was an unexpected choice when this managerial race emerged, but the front office appeared to be satisfied with his resume and attitude he brought to the table.
Collins hasn’t been a Major League skipper in some time and has only had two short stints as a manager in the big leagues. Collins took over for Art Howe in Houston after the 1993 season, and Collins spent three years as manager of the Astros before he was fired following a late-season collapse in 1996. Collins went on to become the manager of the Anaheim Angels the following season and spent three years there before resigning late in the 1999 season with 29 games remaining.
Word has it that Collins possesses an upbeat personality and keeps his players on their toes in the clubhouse, which makes his hiring make a bit more sense when you look back at Jerry Manuel or Willie Randolph, who would stand at the top of the stairs of the dugout and just stare for hours on end without any reactions.
One of the most exciting parts about Collins becoming the new manager will be how he handles the New York media. We watched Manuel stumble and mumble his way through press conferences day after day, whether it was a win or a loss. He really never had anything new to say. How could we forget how many times he used the word “battled.”
Collins was introduced in a press conference yesterday and already showed signs of this positive attitude that we’ve heard about, as he praised the current players and predicted that he would help turn this team back around. To watch the press conference, click here.