Last night Terry Collins became the third-greatest manager in Mets history… well, the third-winningest anyway.
With the Mets' 3-2 win over the Blue Jays, Collins passed Gil Hodges for third on the all-time wins list by a Mets manager with 340. Collins, in his fifth year with the Mets, also has the third-most games managed in Mets history, sliding past Joe Torre about a week ago. His tenure now trails only those of Davey Johnson and Bobby Valentine, each of whom managed the Mets for seven seasons.
Apart from the raw win total, Collins hasn't had an especially noteworthy run with the Mets. He’s 340-374 in his time in New York—a .476 winning percentage—and the Mets have never played a postseason game on his watch. Of course, most of that has to do with the players he's managed and not necessarily his ability to manage them, but managerial accomplishments are most often measured by team success and Collins's résumé in New York is certainly lacking in that respect.
This year, however, things have been notably improved for Collins and the Mets. They currently sit in first place in the NL East with a 36-30 record and a one-and-a-half-game lead over the Washington Nationals. Whatever comes of this season, Collins's longevity with the team is no doubt something he can celebrate, though some playoff victories sure would be nice, too.