Mets give Terry Collins two-year extension despite another losing season

Did Terry Collins really deserve a contract extension?

10/1/13 in MLB   |   jakeryanbrown   |   28 respect

Sep 29, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) argues a call with first base umpire CB Bucknor during the fourth inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsThe Mets finished below .500 for the fifth straight season.  They have yet to put a competitive team at Citi Field since the stadium opened its gates in 2009.  Terry Collins took over managerial duties for the Mets in 2011 and he has been very consistent in one department and that is losing.  The Mets were 77-85 in 2011 and have gone 74-88 in the last two seasons.  Monday, the Mets made it official that they have given Terry Collins a two-year contract extension plus a club option for 2016.
 
Collins has been given a pass in his tenure with the Mets because of the club’s salary cap issues and the lack of talent.  He has not been given a ton of talent whatsoever and there is no question about that.  This offseason, the Mets are expected to finally make a splash with around $40 million coming off the books.  Next season is the year the Mets have circle to finally become a contender and finish over .500.  Sandy Alderson has a lot of work ahead of him as it is time for him to make a name for himself.  There are a lot of holes on offense that need to be addressed and still a couple of question marks in the rotation and in the bullpen. 
 
Sure, Collins has not been handed a star-studded roster.  Sure, it’s been a tough position he has been put in.  With that being said, Collins has never been a winner.  In his nine seasons as a manager, he has never been to the playoffs once.  He did have three seasons with Houston where they finished above .500, but never has he seen October baseball.  There’s a reason Collins didn’t manage from 2000-2010. 
 
Collins has made an abundance of bad decisions this season that have cost the Mets a ton of ball Aug 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks about starting pitcher Matt Harvey (not pictured) during a press conference before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. It was announced today that Harvey has a partially torn UCL. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sportsgames.  He has mismanaged double switches, pinch hitters, and bullpen moves.  There were too many in-game situations where Collins has had Mets fans scratching their heads.  The 64-year-old with a career record of 669-695 will now get a couple more years to try and write the script for a Mets team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2006, where they fell just short of a National League Pennant. 
 
2014 should be the year Collins makes a name for himself, but did the Mets make the right choice to bring him back?  The way he has handled the team off the field would say yes.  The way he has managed the team on the field would say no.  In the end, it is really all on the shoulders of Mets management to give him talent to put together a winning ballclub.  To say that Collins has earned the extension and that the two-year contract is well deserved is completely incorrect.   
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