Sandy Alderson met with the media Wednesday morning, and among other things, announced a contract extension for Terry Collins. It is well deserved.
“Terry did an extraordinary job this year under differing circumstances as time went on,” Alderson said, pointing out the ups and downs of the past season.
“It is an honor and a privilege to manage the New York Mets,” Collins said.
It is a two-year deal, and while terms were not announced, it has been reported that it is for about $3 million. Collins said during the World Series that he only plans on managing for a few more years, so this contract could take him to the end of his career.
If he does manage for the next two years, it would make Terry Collins the longest-tenured manager in Mets history. At seven years, he would top Davey Johnson with is six years and 44 games in a partial seventh season. That is stunning considering people were calling for Collins’s head pretty much from the first day he put on the orange and blue.
Instead, all he did was keep this team together through some tough times, culminating with the World Series appearance this season. He may not be the game’s best strategist, but he knows how to manage a ballclub, and that’s a huge part of the job.
Collins said it is now time to move forward and plan for a successful 2016 season. And he has earned the right to be at the helm.