The Mets will introduce the New Mets manager,Terry Collins Tuesday at 11AM on SNY. He becomes the 20th Met manager as they enter the 50th year of existence. The 61 year old will be the 2nd oldest manager the Mets have had since there inception.
Most fans wanted Wally Backman and most of the Media was bent towards Bob Melvin but the discipline of Terry Collins along with his familiarity with the Mets farm system has won out. There has been some notion that Hale was a close 2nd in the running but as the saying goes 2nd place is just the 1st loser. Look for Hale to still be the 3rd Base coach. Still waiting on word on the rest of the staff besides Hale and Warthen will still be the pitching coach.
Mookie Wilson,Ken Ooberkfell and Tim Tuefel are all possibilities to land a job on the staff. Also its been said Larry Bowa might be in the running.Look for Backman to manage at either St Lucie or Binghamton.
If you need more insight into Collins check this pretty good article over at the NY Times. It gives you quotes from former Angel player Tim Salmon and former GM Bill Bavaisi who mentions that even though Colliins is extremely intense he gets results. Bavasi goes on to say “I believe with Terry’s intellect, his organization, his ability to recognize problems and not be afraid to deal with them — guys like that tend to turn things around real quick. They just do .”
Also on Tuesday the Mets have to make a decision on Pedro Felicano in regards to arbitration. He is considered a Type B free agent. The Mets have been whining that there budget is almost maxed so not sure what they expect to do if they lose Pedro who might be in the same boat Darren Oliver was a couple of years ago where the Mets didn’t re sign him since they thought his arm was done. Oliver made it to the World Series with the Rangers this year so as usual the Mets were wrong in that respect.