Sandy Alderson On Evaluating Terry Collins

General manager Sandy Alderson stopped short of saying manager Terry Collins’ job was secure, but in a conference call this week, left the impression he will be judged with a broad paintbrush.

COLLINS: He's smiling now.

COLLINS: He’s smiling now.

As GM, Alderson’s job description entails building for the future, while his lame duck manager has nothing guaranteed beyond this season.

That doesn’t mean the two perspectives can’t co-exist.

Collins’ extension will be assured if the Mets have a winning season, but even if they don’t – very possible considering their holes – he could be back in the dugout in 2014, when the spending is supposed to begin.

“Well I think there are two things upon which a manager is evaluated,’’ Alderson said. “One is wins and losses, and the other is the improvement of the players on the team. And regardless of whether you have a veteran-dominated team or a younger team, players have to improve.

“And more importantly, they have to be motivated to improve, and that’s really partly where the manager comes in. I think that Terry will be evaluated on both of those bases, with the understanding that the wins and losses are not an absolute – to some extent they are relative to the talent that we have.’’

And, that talent level is thin, with a patchwork bullpen, questions at all three outfield spots, a new catcher and questions throughout the rotation, including a heavy dependence on Matt Harvey, who has but ten starts in his career.

A lot has to happen for the Mets to surpass last year’s 74 victories. Several times Alderson has spoken on changing the Mets’ culture and it has evolved since the black days of the Jerry Manuel-Omar Minaya era.

At one point last season the Mets were eight games over .500, but Alderson did nothing to upgrade the franchise at the trade deadline and the summer spiraled out of control as the offense collapsed in the second half.

Collins deserved some responsibility, but in fairness he had little to work with to turn the team around. Alderson takes some of the blame for that, and admits he waited too long.

Even so, Collins can’t afford to lose things this year. He has to maintain the teaching along with motivation.

“So part of this whole analysis is having a good feel for the talent level that we have and the success that we have and how those two correlate, as well as some of the other less tangible aspects of leading a team over 162 games,’’ Alderson said.

Those tangible aspects include keeping the Mets interested and motivated, regardless of how much they skid. He does that and we’ll see Collins next year.


2 thoughts on “Sandy Alderson On Evaluating Terry Collins

  1. Too bad nobody is allowed to judge the GM. We’re only allowed to make up excuses for his failed regime. Judging Collins. what a joke. The man is a zombie. He couldn’t possibly comprehend what Collins does well or not.

  2. The talent has something to do with development

    They were good in the first half and not in the second

    Players got cold and they started losing

    Would motivation be up if they were winning? Would it be up if they were fighting for a spot? When everyone sucks and you are losing you won’t be sharp. But if you are winning. And you don’t play well the next guy will take your spot

    This is Sandy’s fault. Not having the talent.

    How good will the outfield be where every player has major weaknesses? How does the manager motivate them to hustle and play when they all suck? I’ll sit you if you don’t get hits or hustle or cut off the runner or position yourself right.

    Ok? Who will you replace me with? … Good point. Stay where u r