The Mets announced Tuesday that former Mets manager Terry Collins has accepted the position of Special Assistant to General Manager Sandy Alderson.
Original Post – October 1
Mets manager Terry Collins will not return as manager of the team in 2017, and will shift into a front office role as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
The skipper confirmed the report saying he will step down from his current role, adding that the decision was “best for the organization.”
Collins, 68, has been at the helm for New York for seven years, leading the team to two consecutive postseasons including the World Series in 2015, and appearing in over a thousand games.
On Thursday, multiple scathing reports came out against the manager from anonymous staffers and players alike in Newsday and the New York Post.
Prior to Saturday’s game with the Phillies, general manager Sandy Alderson stood up for Collins, dismissing the notion that he was responsible for the string of injuries that the Mets endured this year.
Collins and Alderson admitted that it was a mutual decision and one that was made for the future of the ball club.
“This was time for a change,” Alderson said after Sunday’s season finale. “Change is difficult but it comes with baseball.”
When asked if he would return next season, Alderson said he expects to be back. Like Collins, his contract expires this year.
Collins figures to remain with the organization with a reach in player development, according to the Mets general manager.
“He’s a baseball guy, he will be until the day he dies,” Alderson said.
A resolution on the rest of the coaching staff, including Dan Warthen, will be made in the coming days.