1) Player’s Manager
Collins, who used to be too fiery with his players, which was the case in his stints with the Houston Astros and the Anaheim Angels which created friction between his players, has changed his approach as the Mets manager. He has developed into more of a player’s manager, creating more bonds with his guys. Thus, the players have learned to love and respect him as a manager and some would even run through a brick wall for him.
With that, Collins has also developed more of a trust towards his players. Sometimes he may have too much faith and be too loyal to his players even when they’re not performing. It backfired with Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning and it cost the Mets in Game 4 of the World Series, but it worked with Michael Conforto. After a rough start to the playoffs (1 for his first 21), the rookie played well towards the end of the World Series including two home runs in Game 4.
One of the key attributes of a manager is to have good chemistry with his players and build a bond with them and Collins has learned to do that in his time as Mets manager.