Mets Opt For Trigger Tempered Manager Not Named Wally Backman

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On Monday, the New York Mets will reportedly announce the hiring of 61-year-old Terry Collins (above) as their new manager,  succeeding the deposed Jerry Manuel.  Collins, who led Houston and Anaheim to five successive 2nd place finishes between 1994 and 1998, has been described as “high-strung”, “high-strung”, and most worryingly, “high-strung”.  I’m pretty sure that veterans like Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran will respond well to Collins’ brand of constructive criticism (when have they ever shown a tendency to sulk?) and given Collins’ alleged track record in player development, it’s a wonder the Mets don’t want him to manage Buffalo and New York simultaneously. While this news may or may not represent a blow to the credibility of Dino Costa, please keep in mind that none of the other candidates for this position — including the vaunted “Final Four” that included Bob Melvin, Wally Backman or Chip Hale  — can claim tenure as manager of the Chinese WBC squad on their resumes.  When and if MLB institutes international play, Collins’ Mets will possess a pronounced competitive advantage over China’s professional teams.  And for the plethora of Chinese free agents on the Mets radar in 2010 (or perhaps later, given the team’s financial constraints), what other MLB team would represent as attractive a destination?

4 responses to “Mets Opt For Trigger Tempered Manager Not Named Wally Backman”

  1. glenn says:

    I take it you aren’t happy with the Mets choice of skippers?

  2. David Roth says:

    It doesn’t work terribly well for me, either, but it’s important to remember that the Wilpons don’t do things to please fans, or even necessarily to win games. They do it because they hope Wallace Matthews will be nice to them for once. Good luck with that, of course.

  3. Rog says:

    I’m ok with it. They didn’t have a very inspired group from which to select. Why not hire a hot head? I can’t wait to see the color of his head when Ollie gives up 10 runs in the 1st inning. It’ll be pretty awesome.

  4. hojohifive says:


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