At the beginning of his reign, I was a fan of Terry Collins. He’s a scrappy old veteran coach who came into a team that was rebuilding. Collins has constantly been under a microscope during his tenure with the Mets. Whether it be how he managed young pitching prospects while they were coming up, or leaving Matt Harvey out during Game Five of the 2015 World Series, Collins has been under constant scrutiny. After a slow start to the season, the criticism has only built for Collins.
It’s not as if the criticism for Collins is unwarranted. On multiple occasions this season, he has displayed why he will never lead the Mets to a World Series victory. He has grossly overtaxed the bullpen, bringing them to the point where they are nearly ineffective. He has over worked pitchers like Hansel Robles, who are not used to longer work loads. Any successful manager knows that proper use of the bullpen is a key part of being a competitive club. So far this season, the Mets team ERA is a lowly 4.74, good for third worst in the MLB. The April 30th blowout loss didn’t help that ERA of course. While it is not Collins’s fault that the staff has underperformed, he has to be held accountable for the way he has mismanaged his bullpen pitchers.
Collins has also seemed to loose his grip on some players in the clubhouse. While no team should be run like a dictatorship, is still should be known that the manager is the man in charge. Ace pitcher Noah Syndergaard has made it look like Collins has no control over him whatsoever. When Syndergaard refused an MRI and let out a tirade on well-respected Mets PR man Jay Horwitz, not only did he make himself look like an utter fool, but he also embarrassed the whole staff of the Mets. Collins and the Mets did not punish Syndergaard, they rewarded him by letting him throw on April 30th. He would go on to suffer a lat tear, which put yet another hole in the Mets already injured rotation. How could Collins not make Syndergaard take the MRI? It just looks bad and as if Collins has no control over his players.
By the end of the month, Collins will become the longest tenured manager in Mets franchise history. He only has Bobby Valentine and Davey Johnson to pass. This is also the final year in the contract of Collins. Will he be retained further? I believe that if the Mets do not make it to the World Series, this season will be his last managing the Mets. His tenure with the team has become rather extensive, and it seems the end has been crawling closer. At the age of 67, Collins is also the oldest manager in the MLB. So, age is also not on his side for staying around much longer. Collins is nice person who has had a long life in baseball. Until as of late, he has done what has been expected of him as manager of the Mets. Unfortunately for him and the Mets franchise, he will not lead the team to a World Series victory.