With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the Question is should the Mets bring Terry Collins back next season. The overwhelming consensus is that Terry Collins is not to blame for the Mets failures this season and therefore, he deserves another season as the Mets Manager. I think this is partly true, the Manager prevent injuries but he is responsible for managing them. When a player says he is good to go, the manager is responsible for making the final call on his line-up. There were a couple of instances where Terry took the players words “I can go skip” and placed them in the line-up, and consequently causing the player to miss extended periods – Yes, I’m talking about Syndergaard and Cesspedes the teams two most vital players to keep healthy. Terry seems to manage April and May like its August and September. Nothing supports this more than the way he has burnt out his bullpen in April the last two years. This is the biggest argument I have with Collins as a manger – his use of the bullpen. Sure, the bullpen is awful this year but his overuse and mismanagement of the arms at the beginning of the season is at least a contributing factor. To that end, it is my view that it is time for the Mets to move on not only from Terry but also from Dan Warthen.
With that said whom should the Mets turn to as their next manager. I would love to say Bruce Bochey or Bud Black who has a reputation of getting the most out of his pitching staff but unfortunately, neither will be available at the end of the season. Wally Backman would be an interesting choice but in reality, Met Fans know it will never happen. I would not be afraid to look outside the Mets organization for their next manger but here are two guys I would propose the Mets consider from a Mets fan perspective.
Edgardo Alfonzo – He currently in his first season managing the Brooklyn Cyclones, but was a coach for the Cyclones since 2014. Naming him the manager would probably put off every other manager in the Mets minor league system but he has a history with New York and certainly has a love for the game. This was evident with his willingness to play in the independent league (including the Long Island Ducks) and the Mexican league. He probably could relate better with today’s players than Terry can and also should be familiar with the younger Mets Rasario and Smith. He is somebody the fans would be familiar with and he should be familiar with handling the media as well.
Curtis Granderson – He certainly would be a dark horse in the race for manager and I don’t even know if he plans on continuing his career after his contract runs out at the end of the year. But if he decides to hang up his cleats at the end of the year, why not at least explore the opportunity with him to see if he would be interested. He certainly knows the Mets roster and should be able to relate with the players better than Terry. The question is if he has the ability to transition from player to Manager in one off season. Curtis certainly has a good relationship with the Mets ownership, is extremely personal with the media. I think it he would be a great choice to make – I’m not sure if the Mets have the guts to do it but it would be great story if it happened and was able to lead the Mets to a championship!
Ron Gardenhire – He has the Mets connection from the 80’s for sure but more importantly he has the wealth of managerial experience and was very successful with the Twins, he just couldn’t beat the Yankees. He currently is the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks so he should be available to the Mets. He clearly would be the safest pick of the three and The Mets could not go wrong but should the Mets take the safest bet? Probably!
Frank Viola – This would be my obvious choice to replace Dan Warthen, frankly I don’t understand why it hasn’t happened yet. Frank has paid his dues in the minors for years and has worked with the Mets pitchers more than anybody. If he doesn’t get it, he should explore opportunities with other clubs for sure.
What’s your Mets View?