Late last week the buzz in New York was about the New York Mets and how former Dodgers farmhand Terry Collins was the leading candidate for the managerial position even though there is supposed to be more interviews this week. How did he have this meteoric rise?
Well he hasn’t managed in the majors since 1999, which isn’t a plus, it’s bad enough the GM has been out of the GM game for quite some time but now they are looking at a manager that has never made the playoffs and he won the Minor League Manager of the Year Award in 1987.
Is this a “token” interview because he held a bizarre minor league position (minor-league field coordinator) for the Mets or was it Sandy Koufax’s friendship and influence with the ball club that is making this possible? I think it’s the latter and it seems like the one thing that many Mets fans can’t stand, and that’s the Dodger influence in the stadium, has now permeated in the organization.
The troubling thing to me is the fact that there was even an interview. He actually resigned with 29 games left in the season with the Angels, even after getting that “vote of confidence” doomed managers get when they are struggling, and that’s because the players had petitioned the GM to have him removed. They didn’t want to play for him. To me that negates an interview and he should never be considered in the first place.
So far, Clint Hurdle has the best credentials and the fans choice would be Wally Backman. If I were a betting man, sorry, bad joke. I would have to say that right now neither of these former Mets have a good chance of getting the job. Let’s see what this week brings and it could be more information about the Charlie Samuels investigation which is yet another black eye for the Mets. Get ready for a long winter.
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