Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New York Mets Introduce new Manager


Terry Collins went to Japan and China to manage baseball teams in the 11 years since he was last seen by a team in the majors.
Lifting New York Mets could be his toughest assignment.


Collins was introduced Tuesday as the 20th manager in the history of the Mets, a franchise that seeks to reinvent itself after four years without reaching the playoffs.

Collins, coordinator of minor league field for the Mets last season, signed a two-year contract with a club option for 2013.


"I love this job," said Collins. "I will ensure that New York Mets to be successful and win more matches and we want to be the last team standing in October."

The new general manager Sandy Alderson Collins chose from a list of candidates that included Wally Backman, Chip Hale and Bob Melvin. Collins replaces Jerry Manuel, who was fired along with general manager Omar Minaya, after the second consecutive season with a losing record.

Collins, 61, returns to lead in majors since resigned from the Angels in the midst of a revolt by players in 1999. Hale returns to his job as third base coach, and Backman will be in the minors. Alderson said the pitching coach, Dan Warthen, will also be back, while hitting coach Howard Johnson will be appointed to another job.


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