Just before Thanksgiving 2010, the Mets hired Terry Collins to shepherd the Mets into their new era. The talk at the time was based in GM Sandy Alderson’s history – apocryphal though it might be – of disdain for the position. There isn’t a copy of Moneyball handy, but the quote was something about the man in the dugout being nothing more than a “middle-manager,” a replaceable part entrusted with the day-to-day operations of a ballclub. That’s why most Mets fans were unsurprised when Alderson bypassed available “name” options like Bobby Valentine or Wally Backman. It was clear that what was needed was, indeed, a “caretaker,” someone who would fumigate the Citi Field clubhouse, clearing the fumes from the attitudes of the late-Minaya era. At the time, I called Collins’s hiring a “tenting operation,” similar to the practice exterminators use to rid a location of pesky vermin.
Three years later, it would appear Collins has fulfilled his mandate. It would appear that the sens