Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Terry Collins will resign as manager of the Mets upon the completion of today’s game against the Phillies:
This isn’t a huge shocker, even if it lands as a significant relief. Collins’s contract was set to expire after this season, so the Mets had a decision to make about his future one way or another, and it’s been hard to imagine them bringing him back after reports emerged of the locker room becoming a toxic place that was ready to move on from their manager. From the sound of things, the Mets as a baseball organization were eagerly awaiting this moment, when Collins, a poor communicator with a record of burning out his best players, would be removed from the picture.
This, of course, may not be that, not entirely, not if Collins is indeed staying in the organization in a front office role. That would register as something of a surprise, given that it was reported that the relationship between the manager and the front office was “broken,” and that Collins was only hanging onto his role in the organization by the grace of owner Fred Wilpon. From that Newsday report:
“Terry has no allies in the front office,” one official said.
On Wednesday, Collins’ final game at Citi Field this season passed without any public recognition for his place in franchise history. There will likely be no classy send-off for a manager who shepherded the Mets through a difficult rebuilding before the prosperity of consecutive playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016.
Maybe by moving into a front office role, he can finally be his own front office ally? At any rate, the Mets have very much seemed like an organization determined to return to the pennant race next season, and removing a manager who seems to have lost all credibility among his players is a fine place to start. A healthy rotation, a shiny new manager, and a buff Tim Tebow starting in right field—that’s a team that has the look.