Possible Manager: Terry Collins

"Oh, no. Sorry to disappoint you. I was actually talking about the Guns N' Roses album."

Rob Castellano beat me to this post over at Amazin’ Avenue. I’ll point you that-a-ways, but here’s this anyway.

Terry Collins is currently the Mets minor league field coordinator. I have no idea what that means. He’s old, so take a deep breath, because he’s been around the block: Collins began his managerial career in the Dodgers system in 1981 (one year before Michael Jackson’s Thriller was released), managing at the Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A levels for eight seasons, being named the Sporting News’ Minor League Manager of the Year in 1987. He then managed at the Triple-A level for the Pirates for three seasons, before becoming a coach for the major league team from 1992-93. He managed the Houston Astros from 1994-1996, and the California Los Angeles Anaheim Angels of Anaheim from Los Angeles from 1997-1999. Despite the support of the front office, Collins resigned as manager of the Angels in the middle of 1999 after some players in a divided clubhouse reportedly petitioned to have him fired. So that probably didn’t go so well. Collins was a bullpen and then bench coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2000-2001. He has managed in Japan, and was sent by MLB to manage China’s national baseball team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. (He’s probably not a communist, but I’m not sure.) All this comes out to a 99 on my managerial experience scale, higher than any other candidate.

Collins played ten seasons in the minor leagues in the Dodgers and Pirates organizations. He played second base with some shortstop and third base mixed in, walked more than he struck out, but had almost no power to speak of. He never made it to the majors.

Collins hasn’t managed in the big leagues since the 1990s, but his style then was somewhat indistinct. He would get ejected a handful of times a year, bunt a lot, but limit the number of intentional walks issued. He gets a 5 on my strategy scale, though the statue of limitations might be up on that, seeing it was over ten years ago.

Collins will reportedly be interviewed for the Mets managerial position, but I would point out this interview with the Star-Ledger from earlier this year. When asked if managing at the major league again was a goal, Collins said this: “It isn’t. I did my thing. I had a great time. I was very fortunate to be around good players. When I first got my first major-league managing job, my whole thing was to prove that I belonged there, and I think I did that. So for me, I’m happy doing what I’m doing. I’m working with great people. My job right now is to build this organization up to where our minor leagues are going to produce not only major-league players for the Mets but major-league players throughout baseball.”

So that doesn’t sound likely. Collins has the most extensive resume, but I don’t know how interested he is in managing again.

Managerial Odds: 12 to 1. Collins is certainly qualified, having managed all over at almost every level, but I don’t know if he wants it. Then again, he is being interviewed, so who knows.

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