Although the 2015 World Series ended in disappointment in five games, the New York Mets immediately extending Terry Collins was spot on.
While it was still unclear whether or not Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson will retain Terry Collins following the 2015, the Mets impressive playoff run, highlighted by the franchise’s first World Series since 2000, made it easier to bring back the oldest manager in the game (66 years old).
It was a good move, in many different ways.
Yes, I know Collins does make questionable in-game decisions at times, and the World Series proved just that. This was particularly the case in Game 5 when he still left starter Matt Harvey in the ninth inning after walking the lead-off batter. It proved costly when Eric Hosmer hit an RBI double and closer Jeurys Familia was brought in with the tying run in scoring position and no out. The Royals scored the tying run without a hit, thanks to Lucas Duda’s errant throw to catcher Travis d’Arnaud.
That aside, if you look at the overall picture, Collins has done a fine job as Mets manager, not only this season, but while making the most out of Mets teams devoid of talent in the past.
Here are five reasons why retaining Collins was a good move for New York Mets: