Hopefully, the fine folks at ESPN wont sue me for sharing some of their top secret writings on ESPN Insider, but I came across an interesting article by Jim Bowden who takes a look at ten managers who are at the end of their contracts. Obviously, I was curious to see his thoughts on Terry Collins, but then I thought I’d share what he had to say about Ron Gardenhire as well.
Collins deserves great credit under excruciating circumstances throughout his tenure with the Mets. He has done an incredible job the last couple of years with a lineup that at times resembled a Triple-A lineup (outside of David Wright) and a bullpen that was loaded with holes.
His work developing a young starting rotation has been one of the best in baseball. The challenge of working with a demanding front office and a hounding New York media has been handled with class, dignity and a respect for the chain of command. His ability to communicate and motivate his players in a loyal manner has been c...