The Mets might be looking for a new manger after the 2017 season comes to an end. Terry Collins told ESPN that the long seasons have taken their toll on him.
Collins finished his sixth year at the helm of the New York Mets in 2016 and is currently the oldest manger in the majors. He was reportedly on thin ice in the middle of August this season, when injuries were piling up and the Mets’ playoff hopes were sinking fast. In-game managerial decisions aside, Collins kept the team together and afloat just long enough for the team to make the playoffs. Under his watch, the team made the playoffs in consecutive seasons for only the second time in Mets history. The only other manager to accomplish that feat was Bobby Valentine in the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
Like Valentine, Collins managed his team to the World Series. That achievement earned him a two-year contract and a pay raise just days after the 2015 World Series reached its conclusion.
Collins started his first year as manager in 2011 after the Mets experienced a disastrous 2010 season that led to the firing of manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya. Despite the lean early years, the team has steadily risen in the standings rising from fourth in the division in 2011-2012, to first in 2015 and second in 2016. With 481 wins, Collins is third in Mets history for managerial wins, behind only behind Davey Johnson and Bobby Valentine.