Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Collins as a lame duck manager
By Doug Mittler
Terry Collins has won just 77 and 74 games in his first two seasons as manager of the New York Mets, but the club’s financial woes, as well as a series of injuries, have kept him from being a scapegoat.
Collins arrives in camp as a lame-duck skipper after the club picked up his one-year option. The signs point to the Mets struggling to compete once again, so could Collins be on the hot seat?
“It is what it is,’’ Collins tells Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “I don’t want anything to take away from what we’re trying to do. I don’t want this to be an issue; it’s not with me.”
At some point, Collins will be judged on wins on losses, even though GM Sandy Alderson is building for the future and giving him little to work with right now. Another late-season slide, however, could contribute to Collins’ departure. The Mets have been above .500 before the All-Star Game each of the last two years, compared to a .401 winning percentage (59-88) after the break.