Two days after being eliminated from the 2015 World Series, the New York Mets took a step in the right direction, as they agreed to a two-year contract extension with their manager, Terry Collins, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.
The Mets have scheduled a press conference for Wednesday for general manager Sandy Alderson and the rest of the front office to announce the deal with the manager, who won the 2015 Sporting News National League Manager of the Year award.
New York already had Collins locked up on a 2016 club option, but decided to add another year because of his recent success.
Collins has been the manager in New York for five seasons, but 2015 was his first winning season. Prior to coaching the Mets, the 66-year-old managed the Houston Astros (1994-1996), Los Angeles Angels (1997-1999), and Orix Buffaloes (2007-2008), who are out of the Nippon Professional Baseball league.
Before his term in Houston, Collins managed for Class-A Lodi, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981. In 1983, he managed for the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes, who are also an affiliate of the Dodgers. He also managed three years in Triple-A Buffalo, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Over his 1,688 game managerial career, Collins owns a 838-850 record, which is a 49.6 winning percentage. He also managed the Chinese National Team for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Collins led the Tigres de Licey to a 1984 Caribbean Series victory.
The Mets came close to letting him go throughout the past five seasons, but a 90-72 record along with a National League East title and an NL Championship secured his job.
Collins was with Alderson since the beginning of their 2011 rebuild. The young players on the roster has learned to understand and respect their veteran manager, which makes Collins a great aspect to keep around in the organization.
The manger had his fair share of playing time. He played 10 seasons in the minor leagues, but never made it to the majors. Over 671 games played, Collins hit .225 with six home runs and 183 RBI. He played second base, shortstop and third base after being drafted by the Pirates in the 19th round of the 1971 MLB Draft from Eastern Michigan.
New York should be a playoff contender once again in 2016 with their dominant young pitching staff. If they make the playoffs, they will give each and every team a run for their money.