Andy Martino of the New York Daily News wrote a column endorsing the Mets decision to resign Terry Collins to a two-year deal in a column he wrote in today’s edition. His piece doesn’t spend much time addressing the Mets won/loss record. I assume, like many, that he doubts that with the Mets’ rosters Terry Collins has inherited over his three years as Mets skipper, few other baseball managers could have squeezed out an appreciably higher winning percentage.
So in evaluating Collins, Martino focused on other factors. “The way a manager succeeds or fails in this era is in his ability to motivate stars, manage egos, and run the clubhouse,” he postures.
Before he started with the Mets, Collins devised a strategy of building strong relationships with his veteran players and almost deputizing those players to help police the clubhouse. During difficult times, that Collins strategy has worked.
For the most part, veteran players who leave the Mets leave with fond appreciation and genuine re...