“You are what your record says you are.”
Most sports fans recognize that quote from Bill Parcells. And while it’s a football quote, let’s use it to examine Terry Collins. Last year the Mets were 74-88 and the year before that they were 77-85. If you are what your record says you are, then the Mets under Collins are not very good. Unless somehow you think a .469 winning percentage is good.
Yet Collins and his entire staff are coming back for 2013. We’ve already seen that no manager in Mets history who finished with a losing record in his second full season ever went on to a winning season with the club. Is there any reason to think Collins will buck this trend? Perhaps if Collins was younger, he would be around when Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler lead the team into a new era. But not many expect Collins to be around after 2013, when he will be 64 years old.
Did the Mets do the right thing in essentially bringing back a lame-duck manager?
Perhaps. There’s little doubt that a...