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Terry Collins
Terry Collins
Terry Lee Collins
Born: May 27, 1949 at Midland, Mich.

Terry Collins was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 23, 2010.

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November 24, 2010
Terry managed in Buffalo when the Pirates were the parent club. He won a couple of division titles before being promoted to the Pirates coaching staff. I went to a Pirates game the next year, sat near the bullpen, and Terry was walking by, so I called out "Terry, I'm from Buffalo." He stopped and came over, and we chatted about baseball, Buffalo, the Bills, the World Series, and other things for about 10 minutes, just like I was talking to an old friend. It is a great memory. The Mets need and will thrive on his passion and fire. He is a great guy, and an excellent choice for manager.

Junior McOwens
November 25, 2010
If you think he's gonna help, you're dreaming. Hiring Alderson and now him is a recipe for disaster and you heard it here first!

Shickhaus Franks
December 6, 2010
I know a lot of people are not happy about the hiring of Terry as they wanted Wally Backman but face facts; Collins can get the job done! After the last few years of Ma Kettle aka Jerry Manuel, the Citi Field Country Club is now closed and the Flushing Boot Camp is now open for business and don't be suprised when many of the fans that complained on Nov 22, 2010 will be lining up at the Canyon of Heroes come next fall for the Mets ticker tape salute to the 2011 World Series champs!

lefty on lefty
March 8, 2011
This guy is a TERRIBLE x's and o's guy combined with a blowhard mouth. He'll be out by October 10.

The Big H
April 17, 2011
Besides the terrible start which Terry Collins responsibility cannot be placed at 100%, Kevin Burkhardt asked him the reason that the Mets are losing leads, and instead of saying "The starters have to go deeper in the game" or "The middle relievers have to pitch some scoreless innings" or "we have to catch the ball" or "we have to hit the ball", he said, "You are asking the age old question since baseball began". He won't even say one thing his team has to do better? It is going to be a long year.

Dave in CT
July 2, 2011
Considering the Mets were predicted to suck in 2011, I think Collins has done a fine job. Also, Wright and Davis have been out for the past 6 weeks. He has gotten the most out of his players and he has them playing good fundamental baseball. I'd like to see him stick to the small ball which wins games.

Trustery Rustery
September 29, 2011
Lousy job in 2011 and will be fired in May, 2012. Count on it!

Jonathan Stern
November 4, 2011
2011 was not the total disaster that I thought it would be (see my most recent Fred Wilpon memory), and Terry Collins, I think, should get most of the credit for that. The Flushing Bisons started and ended horribly, but played respectable fundamental baseball in between (with good base-running throughout!) and were spoilers for the Braves and one or two other teams. The little manager never lost his energy or his enthusiasm and he knew when to praise the team and when to give it a kick in the pants. For much of the season, the team was fun to watch, even if there was no serious chance of them reaching the postseason. Best of all, Collins did not laugh after tough losses.

That said, 77-85 is 77-85, and I think that Collins crying tears of joy after the final game of the season was a bit much.

January 1, 2012
I thought Terry was going to be his own man but he's turning out to be a yes guy. Seems like Alderson knew this going in when he hired a person who hasn't managed in 12 years and admits to being "mellowed".

Jonathan Stern
February 21, 2012
Almost every year at around Spring Training, I predict how the season will go, usually in the manager's profile. This year, rather than simply predict, I will just say that I am rooting for Collins to continue doing the things that he did last year that prevented 2011 from being a complete embarrassment. Not knowing enough, he strikes me as a good guy and I really don't want to see him saddled with the worst record in baseball.

Tom from Corona
May 8, 2012
He's doing a great job with this team!!

Jonathan Stern
June 2, 2012
Here is one Mets fan who will never, ever, second-guess Terry's decision to leave Johan Santana in the game to throw over 130 pitches on his way to the Mets' first no-hitter ever. You had to do it, Terry, and you have my respect. Even if - GOD FORBID - Santana's arm falls off, you had to do it, plain and simple.

Oh, and if you want to cry tears of joy, for any reason, go ahead. Don't let know-it-all's like me tell you it's wrong. The way things have been going since you've been here, I have sometimes felt like crying tears of joy, too. Take last night, for instance.

June 2, 2012
Will forever be cemented in Mets lore for his decision to stick with Johan during his no-no. Thanks Terry!

Get's by Buckner
June 27, 2012
When I first heard he was hired, my first reaction was "Terry who?" I have to say he has done a decent job with this team. I honestly thought the Mets would be sitting in the NL East cellar. Who would have thought they would be contending in late June? I also was happy he stuck with Johan during his no-hitter!

September 18, 2012
The only reason to watch the Mets is to see Dickey's quest for 20 and Collins keeps pulling him from games so he cannot get 20 wins. What a joke!

Jonathan Stern
October 17, 2012
The 2012 Mets were not the worst team in baseball. However, 74-88 is pretty bad, especially after a 46-40 start. If you are going to give Terry Collins a lot of credit for the first half of the season, you have to give him some blame for the same players stinking up the joint during the second half. Collins, Sandy Alderson and company are going to have to figure out a way to prevent in 2013 what has become an annual tradition at Citi Field - a second half collapse.

July 13, 2013
Recently Collins has done a poor job with his decisions and makes me wonder if he wants to keep his job.

May 30, 2014
Please, just go.

Old Fashioned Met
June 11, 2014
Why is Terry so obsessed with shifting his infielders to one side for so many batters? That shift (which I think is a stupid thing, anyway) is supposed to be only for the highest level of sluggers like Willie McCovey, Barry Bonds or Ryan Howard. It seems that the Mets infielders all move to the same side of the field for nearly half the guys that bat against them. I can't believe for a second that so many hitters today are worthy of this kind of crooked defensive strategy. Besides, shifting the infielders all to one side still can't stop a home run from being hit. No player can be positioned high above the outfield wall.

Please, Terry, stop using that silly shifting that doesn't do much good. I'm starting to get convinced that David Wright is a shortstop playing alongside two second basemen. That's not the way an infield is supposed to be!

Mets Fan Since 62'
August 7, 2014
I'm a long time fan since 1962. Trust me, Collins is not as bad as people make him out to be. The fact that this team is not 20 games under is a credit to his behind the scenes interpersonal skills. I've got some friends on the inside there with the Mets, and trust me you don't wanna get on this guy's bad side. Worst manager with the Mets ever was Howe. And I've seen all of them.

May 12, 2015
Just go away.. go... away...

Shickhaus Franks
October 28, 2015
With all due respect to his friend, Joe Maddon, Terry MUST be voted as 2015 NL Manager of the Year! He's gone through a lot this year with the passing of his father, Wally Backman hovering over him like a vulture, the injuries to key players, the Flores trade that didn't happen and to be in the World Series is an amazing feat!

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