Before the weekend, when rumors abounded that Bob Melvin and Wally Backman had pulled in front and that Terry Collins was backsliding, I wrote in this post:
I still believe Collins is the front-runner, with Bob Melvin slotting in as the bench coach, Chip Hale remaining in the coaching staff and Backman staying in the minor leagues. Candidates Ken Oberkfell and Dave Jauss will also remain with the organization.
Melvin won’t be the bench coach, but everything else looks to be falling into place as I thought.
Terry Collins is 61 years old and hasn’t managed in the major leagues in 11 years, but will become the 20th manager in Mets’ history.
I’m happy about the selection and don’t believe for a second the team doesn’t have its fingers on the pulse of its fans, many of whom remain infatuated with 1986, and preferred that Wally Backman get the job.
I’m pleased with the selection because it showed the Mets followed through on their promise to make a thoughtful decision and didn’t cave to make the popular pick, the easy pick – just to placate the emotions in the stands.
Doing so could have set the team back several years.
Sandy Alderson knows more about what’s going on than the fans and the media. He has a proven track record and was hired to rebuild this franchise. I trust he knows what he’s doing and want to see how things develop before trashing his pick.
Alderson conducted an exhaustive search of ten candidates before narrowing it down to Collins, Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and Backman. Collins’ reputation is one of being fiery – the description of Backman, who has 444 less career major league wins as a manager – and of being solid in player development, essential for a team looking to rebuild.
Hale is expected to remain with the organization, but no word yet on what will become of Melvin and Backman. Both worked for the Mets last season and could be brought back.
Alderson has a rebuilding plan and it won’t happen overnight. Collins will be given a two-year contract, time enough to lay a strong foundation.
The Mets are a team in transition. Their first step was to add a well-respected front office, which has now made it first move.
Let’s see how it works.