Alderson Will Take The Reactive Approach On Collins’ Lame Duck Status

An article by posted on January 8, 2013

Terry Collins

In regards to manager Terry Collins’ contract status, Sandy Alderson told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York the following:

“Look, it would be disingenuous to say, ‘No, it won’t be an issue. Sometimes it becomes an issue. I think it’s a function of whether Terry makes it an issue, or the club makes it an issue, or the media makes it an issue. …I don’t think the club or Terry will make it an issue. If it does become an issue, we’ll manage the issue. I understand the possibility it could become something. I hope it doesn’t.”

I posted on this not too long ago, and as usual Sandy Alderson is taking the naive approach. Of course Terry Collins or the team won’t make it an issue. But the media WILL. Collins will be asked about it almost daily as soon as camp opens in 30 days and it will become a distraction.

How many times have I written right here on this blog that Alderson is NOT proactive, he’s reactive?

There’s your proof… Read that quote one more time…

I think once a GM goes more than 10 years in between GM positions, he should first pass a continuing education course before applying for the position again. Just saying…

Original Post

For Terry Collins, managing the New York Mets the last two seasons must have made his last two managing gigs feel like a walk in the park. And if you know the history, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. I had my doubts about Collins when he was named manager, and I’m not going to run away from some of the things I had to say about it. Instead, let me just admit I was wrong about him… and that I’m pleasantly surprised with the job he’s done considering the rotten hand he’s been dealt.

Already inheriting an ill conceived roster to start the 2011 season, by mid-season he loses his closer (K-Rod) and cleanup hitter (Beltran) who was in the midst of an MVP season. In 2012 he learns that his team’s catalyst (Reyes) and his centerfielder (Pagan) were now gone too, basically wiping out his top of the order. This season he’ll have to make do without his staff ace and what was his most productive outfielder last year. Yet somehow, Collins keeps rolling with the punches and more importantly finds ways to keep what’s left of his team motivated and charged up. While his GM keeps punting, Collins keeps finding ways to kick a few field goals.

In 2013, he heads into the season without the luxury of any job security. In fact, if this team really is geared for a championship run beginning in 2014, Collins could simply be cast aside for a younger and newer model, never having an opportunity to reap the rewards of the confidence he’s instilled in some of the team’s younger core players. And so it goes for the lame duck manager…

I posed this question to the Knights of the MMO Roundtable: Should the Mets extend Terry Collins’ contract?

Matt B. - NO! 2014 is Wally’s world.

Jessep – I am not sure yet honestly. I think it really depends on what he can get out of guys like Harvey, d’Arnaud, Wheeler, and any other young guys who come up this year. I like Collins a lot, but I feel like he may be best suited as a coach or an instructor rather than a Manager. I am willing to watch 2013 play out before I make a decision.

Tie-Dyed – Collins was brought in to basically fill a void while the Mets rebuild. I think it’s the appropriate thing to do to allow Collins to remain as skipper not only until they finishing “rebuilding” but also allow him to have one season once the Mets are in a pennant race.

Sean K. – Yes extend TC because despite his own flaws as a manager in some cases, the players back him up and support him. Another 2 year extension couldn’t hurt the team. Will Wally Backman be the guy ready to handle a team of under-26 year old MLB players who have been told they were stars since they were young? Not too sure.

Nick C. – I love Terry Collins in the role he has been and I do believe he has done a great job with the hand he has been dealt. He works well with the young players and gets the best production he can out of those players. However, I dislike that he is bad at working with the bullpen and seems every time he makes a decision on who to bring into the game, it does not work out. This may change if he had a good bullpen but seems to be my one complaint with TC as manager as well as him changing the lineup as much as he does.

Gregg H. – Terry Collins is a very interesting case. I’m a huge fan, and I think the Mets should have issued him an extension at the end of the season. I hope they get that done sooner, rather than later. Terry has been outstanding in dealing with the young players, and he has such a positive attitude. I said this about Terry in past, listening to him talk baseball makes me want to get a glove on and go play (I haven’t played in 30 years).

Craig L. – He’s certainly done nothing to jeopardize his job, but I can see him becoming the fall guy after what will likely be a worse season than his first two in the standings. He’s overcome some big player losses before, but I think this time it all falls apart and he’ll shoulder all the blame from the fans.

Adam R. – I think Terry Collins has been a decent manager. You certainly can do a lot worse. That being said, I’d like to see how the team plays this year before I make any decisions about his future. He seems to be well liked and respected, but let’s be honest — the team has performed no better than when Jerry Manuel was the manager.

Joe S. – I see nothing wrong with extending Collins for two more years but it begs the question, what does the team do with Wally Backman? At some point the guy is going to want to manage and unless the organization doesn’t really have faith in him to do the job, then they need to cut ties with him. Otherwise make him Terry’s bench coach.

Jessica – As much as I like Terry Collins, I think he is just the transitional guy, not the guy that’s going to take us to the playoffs and (hopefully) the World Series. The team is rebuilding, and the team needs a rebuilding manager and Terry does the job to the best of his ability. I think if 2014 is another rebuilding year, then Terry might possibly get an extension. If not, then Wally Backman is waiting in the wings to bring his former team to glory.

XtreemIcon – I think Collins will remain a lame-duck and the decision will be based on progress at the end of the season. If the Mets win 75 games, he’s gone. 85, he’s extended. I like the way the kids like and respect him and want to play hard for him, but I don’t like how he constantly second guesses himself and changes his mind, like with Ike, Duda and LHP.

What do the rest of you think? Extend him or let him manage the year looking over his shoulder and bearing the brunt of a season that looks pretty bleak right now?

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