It certainly was not a shock to hear that the Mets were ready to turn to a new voice to lead the team in 2018.
The Mets had lofty expectations going into this year. The injuries, under performance and horrific pitching were just a few reasons why the team lost over 90 games this year.
Fair or unfair, when you have a manager in the last year of his contract pushing 70 years old, it’s very easy to see why the Mets decided to go in a different direction.
No shame in that, but instead of handling the situation in a classy and dignified matter, it was anything but over the last week.
Multiple “sources” within the front office or the team leaked reports about how relationships fractured between Terry Collins and some of his players.
A manager who has always stuck by his guys through thick and thin was being attacked.
On the way out with ten games to go, stay classy.
There is a right way to do things and there is a wrong way to do things, and more often than not the Mets choose the wrong way.
It’s simply not a good look for the organization.
I’ve had my critiques of Terry Collins and his managerial style over the years. He wasn’t Miller Huggins or Bobby Cox, but his overall tenure with the Mets was incredibly successful.
He was supposed to be a placeholder when he was hired back in 2011. He always had the Mets playing hard despite the lack of talent that was on the team from 2011 to 2014.
In 2015-2016, when he was finally handed a roster that had a legitimate chance to win, he took them to the postseason, including a trip to the Fall Classic in 2015.
Terry Collins deserves serious credit for playing a part in turning the Mets around.
I’m not naïve. Far too often in sports, it’s difficult for a player, coach or manager to have that happy ending on the way out.
It didn’t happen for Joe Torre, it didn’t happen for Tom Coughlin, and 2017 was a total nightmare for Terry Collins.
Instead of saying goodbye in a dignified, classy way, certain “Met officials” decided to kick a good man while he was down.
Shame on them.
It’s time for change, but Terry Collins deserved better from the team he gave his blood and guts to help build.
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