Collins directed the Mets to their first winning record since 2008 and first NL East title since 2006, in a season in which the Washington Nationals were heavily favored by most to take the division crown. Collins was selected to receive the honor by a panel of 27 major league managers. He finished with seven first-place votes, two ahead of runner-up Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals. Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs finished third in the NL voting, which was conducted before the postseason began.
Collins becomes the second Mets skipper to win the award that has been given by Sporting News annually since 1936. Gil Hodges won the award in 1969 when he led the Mets to a 100-62 record and their first World Series title. Sporting News only recognized one manager in all of Major League Baseball for the honor until 1986, when they switched to separate awards for each league.