The New York Mets need a new manager after getting rid of Carlos Beltran on Thursday due to his involvement in the Houston Astros cheating scandal. One manager who is available and has proven to be successful managing the Mets is Terry Collins. But it doesn’t sound like the team is keen to bring him back.
The New York Post’s Mike Puma reports it’s “doubtful” Collins would be considered for manager.
At least one player told Puma that he hoped Collins would get rehired by the team.
Collins managed the Mets from 2011-2017. They had two winning seasons under him in seven years, made the playoffs both years, and even a World Series appearance in 2015. As recently as a few years ago, the relationship between Collins and the Mets was described as “broken.” Have things changed enough since? We doubt it. But the bigger issue is likely that the Mets have a new person in charge, Brodie Van Wagenen, who probably wants a new person rather than an old face.
The video of Terry Collins going ballistic after an ejection in 2016 may have been leaked against the wishes of Major League Baseball, but it sounds like we can count Noah Syndergaard among those who are glad we got to see it.
Syndergaard, whose ejection for throwing behind a batter is what set Collins off, chimed in on the viral video on Twitter Sunday. He did so in reference to Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman using the bullpen cart that the Arizona Diamondbacks have made available to relief pitchers this season.
MLB has tried to scrub the video of a foul-mouthed Collins from the internet, but people keep uploading it on Twitter. Syndergaard obviously got a kick out of it, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Collins did, too.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred explained on Thursday why a viral video of Terry Collins was scrubbed from the internet.
On Tuesday night, video emerged of the former New York Mets manager’s conversation with umpire Adam Hamari during a 2016 ejection. The never-before-seen video showed all parties exchanging profanities, but it was so entertaining that it gained plenty of steam and was widely shared.
Then all the fun came to an end less than 24 hours later when the video was removed due to copyright claims. Manfred says the video was removed because the leak violates terms of the CBA, which says those videos of mic’d up umpires would not be made public.
It’s unfortunate for those who never got to see the entertaining video, but that’s a more than legitimate reason for being protective of it.
An old video of Terry Collins’ foul-mouthed 2016 ejection emerged on Tuesday, and it’s quite a gem.
The video came from a May 28, 2016 game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers. In that game, Noah Syndergaard threw behind Utley in the third inning and was ejected from the game. It’s believed he was throwing at Utley as retaliation for the slide that injured Ruben Tejada.
The conversation between Syndergaard and home plate umpire Adam Hamari is captured on the video, as is Collins’ with Hamari. Both Syndergaard and Collins were tossed.
Here is the video, just beware that the audio contains extremely foul language.
The Dodgers won the game 9-1 behind Utley’s two homers, including a grand slam.
Former New York Mets manager Terry Collins is not finding any joy in the fall of Matt Harvey.
On Tuesday, the day the Mets traded Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds, Collins admitted that the pitcher’s demise has not been enjoyable for him to watch, and offered him some advice going forward.
“I love Matt Harvey,” Collins said, via Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant. “I love him like a son. We went through a lot of wars. I saw a guy, when he got to the big leagues, within two seasons he made himself, if not the best, then one of the top three pitchers in all of baseball. So what happened the last few years, injury-wise and how it affected him, was really tough to see and go through for him.
“I just hope he just goes and catches his breath, and doesn’t stop the work process that it’s going to take to get back. I told him last year, ‘Matt, your only problem is you set the bar so high, you expect so much of yourself that anything besides that is not going to be good enough in your eyes. You’ve got to learn to become a little bit different guy.’ I just hope he bounces back. … I just wish him the best.”
Collins left the Mets after the end of the 2017 season, and his new manager hasn’t found helping Harvey to be any easier. A change of scenery just had to happen.
Terry Collins’ tenure as New York Mets manager is ending as expected, but the surprise is he may remain with the team in a different role.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal shared the news about the Mets manager as his team played on Sunday against the Phillies in their season finale.
The Mets have seemingly been working behind the scenes to push out Collins all season. There were reports throughout the year that Collins was expected to retire or resign. Then the manager was highly criticized by anonymous sources in a smear article published by Newsday last week.
Collins remaining with the team after that happened is a surprise.
The 68-year-old is completing his seventh season as Mets manager. The team reached the postseason twice during his managerial tenure, including a World Series appearance two years ago.
Some New York Mets anonymously criticized manager Terry Collins in an article published by Newsday Thursday, and David Wright is having none of it.
Wright said players speaking ill of Collins anonymously is “cowardly and lazy.”
Here’s what the longtime Mets third baseman said to NorthJersey.com’s Matt Ehalt.
“That’s a real cowardly thing to do,” Wright told Ehalt via phone. “I’ve been around Terry for seven years. A lot of these guys have been around him for a number of years, some guys dating to the minors. I’m not here to sit and blindly defend every move that Terry has made over last seven years. We’ve all made mistakes and done things that we wish we could go back and do differently.
“One thing I will say: Terry’s office is 10 feet from our clubhouse. If I’ve ever had any problems or players I know know that if they had any issue, they can march right on down and sit down and man-to-man talk about it. For a player to not put his name on the quote and to bash Terry, who has a lot of success for taking us to the playoffs in back-to-back years, in my opinion, that is cowardly and lazy. The man sits 10 feet from you. Go walk in there and say your gripes. Terry has treated us like men and adults.”
Wright has not played this season as he recovers from multiple injuries, and he just underwent rotator cuff surgery. He hasn’t been involved with the team to the same extent that other players who are playing for the club in daily games, so his word might not carry as much weight as it did when he was the franchise cornerstone and everyday third baseman. Still, one doesn’t necessarily have to be around a team daily to disapprove of anonymous criticism of a manager.
The article published by Newsday seems like a hit job intended to put the nail in the coffin on Collins, who did help the team to the World Series two years ago. It’s understandable why many would object to the way he’s being treated in his final days with the team.
The New York Mets appear to be trying to push Terry Collins out the door with some unflattering, anonymously-sourced leaks about the manager.
The Mets have been one of the worst teams in the league this year, two years removed from a World Series appearance and a year after a wild card playoff appearance. There have been rumors all season long about the Mets potentially firing Collins or about the manager potentially retiring after the year. There’s even been talk this week about who might replace him. That must be a rough way for Collins to learn about his fate as his contract is set to expire.
Newsday Marc Carig really stuck in the dagger on Thursday with an article describing the “dysfunction” and “discord” between Collins and the organization. Carig’s article suggests Collins has had issues with both the front office and his players.
From Carig’s article:
People with knowledge of the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described organizational dysfunction, discord between the manager and his players, and a broken relationship between the manager and the front office.
Despite what the front office perceived as Collins’ constant tactical blunders and concerns about Collins’ relationships with the players, sources said efforts to seriously explore a change were thwarted by the elder Wilpon.
Also in the article, Carig describes more issues surrounding Collins. The article suggests Collins abused his bullpen, and it says the manager was not briefed by the organization on injuries and therefore had little information about his players. They also say Collins was not direct in speaking with his players.
The Newsday article really could not have painted Collins in a worse light, and it essentially ensures the Mets won’t bring back the manager. There’s already talk about who might replace him.
Robin Ventura may soon be finding his way back to the top step of the dugout.
According to a report by Mike Puma of the New York Post on Tuesday, Ventura is a candidate to replace Terry Collins as the manager of the New York Mets. Puma also mentions Alex Cora and Kevin Long as “persons of interest” for the job as well as Bob Geren and Chip Hale.
The 68-year-old Collins’ contract is up after the season, and he is not expected to return, especially after this disastrous 2017 campaign that currently has the Mets at 67-90. As for Ventura, he previously managed the Chicago White Sox from 2012 until his resignation in 2016, compiling a record of 375-435 (.463) and presiding over just one winning season. He also played for the Mets from 1999 to 2001, so there is at least some familiarity with the organization here.
The New York Mets may be closing the book on the Terry Collins era after a highly disappointing 2017 campaign.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Thursday that the Mets seem unlikely to retain Collins beyond this season.
The 68-year-old Collins has been manager of the team for the last seven seasons. He led them to a division title and the NL pennant in 2015 followed by a Wild Card berth in 2016. But the Mets are now just 55-71 in a year where expectations were just as high, and Collins’ contract is up after the season.
Of course, Collins is also the oldest manager in the MLB right now and had previously hinted at the possibility of retirement after 2017. Thus, it sounds like a parting of ways may inevitably be coming from one side or the other.