Speculation has been rampant in recent weeks about the uncertain future of Mets manager Terry Collins. The 68-year-old is the oldest manager in baseball, and is in the final year of his contract with the Mets. Reports have circulated that Collins is likely on his way out, and the Mets are already thinking about replacements.
But even though he may not be back with the Mets next season, Collins himself has no plans to hang it up. In an interview with The Record on Tuesday, the skipper admitted he plans to be doing “something” in baseball next year.
“I can put something to rest: I’m not going to go home and go fishing. OK. Whatever anybody thinks about if I’m going to be here or not, I can’t answer that. But I’m going to be doing something.”
Collins also added that he feels great, and doesn’t view going to the minor leagues as embarrassing. Collins began his Mets career as a minor league field coordinator in 2010, and has been Mets manager since 2011. He is the longest-tenured manager in franchise history, but 2017 has been his worst season to date, and the organization is reportedly looking to get younger.
If Collins does continue to manage in the majors next season, either on the Mets or somewhere else, he will be chasing 1,000 career wins as a manager. He is currently at 992, and with only five games left in the season, he cannot reach that plateau this year.