The Mets sent this out to all of you.
The Mets did right by manager Terry Collins, and more to the point they didn’t waste any time doing it. Less than 72 hours after their season ended – and by Collins’ admission on his bad decision – the Mets extended their 66-year-old manager for two years.
Accused of being tyrannical in his previous stops in Anaheim and Houston, Collins gave his players a lot of leeway. He said he “trusts my players,’’ and in the end that might have cost him when he went against his better judgment and allowed Matt Harvey to go out for the ninth inning in Game 5 of the World Series.
No need to remind you of what happened.
It is key the Mets acted quickly as to not let how the disappointing way the season ended to fester.
The Mets opened the year after six straight losing seasons, but Collins insisted during spring training they were good enough to compete – as is. Yes, the Washington Nationals had a bad year, but the Mets were 90-72 to give Collins a 394-416 record during his Mets’ tenure.
Want to bet that will be over .500 by the time he retires after the 2017 season?
“My job is to pretty much make sure the players are on board with everything we’re doing,’’ Collins said. “So, I think I’ve changed a lot there.’’
Collins was voted the NL Manager of the year by The Sporting News and is up for a similar honor by the official Baseball Writers Association of America award.
“I think it’s well deserved,’’ Wright said. “Credit should be given to TC and his coaching staff for aiding and preparing us for this success. This preparation started years ago, and I’m thrilled this coaching staff has helped lead us to a World Series appearance.’’
Collins’ coaching staff – hitting coach Kevin Long, pitching coach Dan Warthen, first base coach Tom Goodwin, third base coach Tim Teufel, bullpen coach Ricky Bones and bench coach Bob Geren – will be retained. However, Geren will interview for the Dodgers’ vacant managerial spot.
Curtis Granderson – RF
David Wright – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Yoenis Cespedes – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Travis d’Arnaud – C
Michael Conforto – LF
Wilmer Flores – SS
Noah Syndergaard – RHP
COMMENTS: Other than Conforto, there are no surprises tonight from manager Terry Collins. At this point of the season there’s no reason for switching things up on a major scale. … The issue isn’t where they hit in the lineup, but if they’ll start hitting. So far, Lucas Duda is the hottest. There’s been no show of power, but plenty of strikeouts.
Reed worked a perfect inning, while Clippard wriggled out of trouble.
Colon should be available in Game 3, Friday night at Citi Field.
In Game 1, Mets manager Terry Collins went with offense and Kelly Johnson as the designated hitter. With a critical defensive breakdown in left-center, Collins is going with defense in Game 2 behind Jacob deGrom.
Jacob deGrom – RHP
ON DECK: Game 2 bullpen availability.