A longtime manager of the New York Mets, who was still involved with the organization as an advisor until recently, has, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, decided to step aside and call it a career. And what a colorful career it was.
Terry Collins, who was the New York Mets’ manager from 2011 to 2017, informed Heyman about his future, reaching him via text message and saying him: “I’m retired.” Collins is 71 years old and is a respected figure in the Mets organization.
He had been working as an advisor under former general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who was fired when new Mets’ owner Steve Cohen and president Sandy Alderson took over the team in the past few days.
Collins was even a manager candidate before last season, when the Mets ended up appointing Carlos Beltran. However, he didn’t return to a manager position.
Collins was the skipper when the Mets last reached the World Series, back in 2015. They lost to the Kansas City Royals in that Fall Classic. Alderson was then acting as the club’s general manager, a role he fulfilled from 2010 to 2018. That means Collins was the manager for the majority of Alderson’s tenure as the GM.
He will be remembered for his tenure with the Mets
Before managing the Mets in 2011, Collins had previously served as the skipper for the Houston Astros and the Anaheim Angels, before they changed their name to the Los Angeles Angels.
Collins will likely be remembered for three things: reaching the World Series in 2015, leaving Johan Santana to throw 134 pitches in his 2012 no-hitter, and sticking with then-ace Matt Harvey in the ninth inning in Game 5 against the Royals in the World Series.
If Collins is indeed retired, he ends his career with a career managerial record of 995-1,017, according to Danny Abriano of SNY.
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