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When Sandy Hired Terry Applesauce - Mets pick Collins, Dickey approves, Mookie coach candidate

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Terry Collins' hiring ends a strange chapter in Mets' history which saw an insane amount of intensity regarding peoples' individual choice for manager. Jason Fry seems to me to have the right approach to this, writing that we really don't know how Collins has changed since his last MLB managerial gig and we should trust that Sandy Alderson knows a thing or two about this job. But, also, my final two cents on this: the arguments that Collins' style angered his teams in the past seem weak when used to support the candidacy of the people's champion Wally Backman, another fiery manager who has seen significant drop offs in wins in his second seasons with his clubs.

Anyway, now that I'm down from my soapbox, there are some interesting posts about the Collins' hire that are worth passing along. Toby Hyde is in support of the new hire.

Howard Megdal uses Mr. Burns' softball managing to show the proper perspective towards the role of our next manager.

The comparison that is getting around for Collins is Davey Johnson and that doesn't seem like a bad thing.

Kerel Cooper does a nice job of creating a video of some reaction tweets.

The two most important opinions, however, are here: Kevin Burkhardt's and RA Dickey's.

I'm just glad that Jeff Pearlman wasn't in charge of hiring the next Met manager.

Even without Wally Backman, the Mets may have a distinct 1986 feel to them with Mookie Wilson getting a shot to be the next first base coach.

Matt Himmelfarb argues that Alderson should test the market for Mike Pelfrey.

Met scouting director Rudy Terrasas has been relieved of his duties with the club; few tears have been shed.

And, finally, here are some photos of Carlos Beltran being a celebrity at a fundraiser for his baseball academy.

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