Collins to helm the Mets for at least two more years
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Manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson. (Photo: Michael O'Kane)
Manager Terry Collins and general manager Sandy Alderson. (Photo: Michael O'Kane)
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With hopefully winning days ahead for the New York Mets, the team announced on Monday a two-year contract extension for manager Terry Collins with a team option for 2016.

Collins, 64, will enter his fourth season with the Mets. He has a 225-261 (.463) record over his first three years in Flushing.

In making the announcement, general manager Sandy Alderson noted that while the Mets had a losing record at home (33-48), they had a winning record on the road (41-40) and played .500 ball over their final 100 games.

“That was in spite of significant losses of player time to injury and the use of players coming from our Minor League system and from outside the organization,” Alderson said. “So, in many ways, Terry had an outstanding year. The team never quit. It continued to play hard, continued to play with the resources it had at hand and finished as well as we could’ve expected.”

A baseball lifer, Collins has held managerial jobs at several professional levels, most prominently leading the Astros from 1994-96 and the Angels from 1997-99. Since joining the Mets, Collins has finished in fourth place twice and third place once, though injuries and trades have decimated his rosters along the way.

This year alone, Collins endured major injuries to Matt Harvey, David Wright, Johan Santana, Jon Niese and others, as well as the late-August trade of Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates.

“We did not perform up to what our expectations were, but we’re very, very excited about 2014,” Collins said. “Obviously, we’ve got some outstanding young pitching coming. This game is about pitching and we think that’s going to lead us.”

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