Incorporates BBN--Mets-Collins. With AP Photos. By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer The entire season for the New York Mets boiled down to two dates on the calendar: ''Super Tuesday'' and panic Monday.
Terry Collins is coming back confident better days lie ahead.
''Maybe we can finish what we started,'' he said.
The manager received a two-year contract extension Monday with a club option for 2016, a move the Mets announced one day after finishing 74-88 for the second consecutive season. Collins' previous deal was about to expire, but it became increasingly clear down the stretch that he likely would return.
''In many ways, Terry had an outstanding year,'' general manager Sandy Alderson said. ''The team never quit, continued to play hard, continued to play with the resources it had at hand and finished as well as we could have expected.''
Fielding an inexperienced lineup ravaged by injuries and trades, the 64-year-old Collins kept New York competitive all summer without many of...