NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Will Terry Collins return as Mets manager next year?
It’s not clear at the moment. The skipper, whose contract will expire at the end of the season, is finishing up his third season as the field general of the Amazin’s.
Unless the Mets — who sit at 52-60 entering Friday night’s series opener against the D-Backs — play exceptionally well over the final two months of the season, Collins will record his third straight losing campaign since taking over the club in 2011.
A source told the New York Daily News that there is “no chance” that Collins will get a contract extension before the season concludes on September 29. The newspaper also reported that if the Mets play extremely poorly the rest of the way, the manager could very well be fired, although that wouldn’t occur until October.
It appears that the 64-year-old has a very good chance of returning to Flushing in 2014 for his fourth season.
“We can’t have a collapse, and Terry knows that,” one source told the New York Daily News. “Otherwise, at the end of the season, something good might happen.”
“Something good” likely means a long-term contract, or at least a one-year deal.
But according to the newspaper, the Mets’ brass hasn’t had much discussion about Collins’ future, and they are not close to making any kind of offer. However, the Daily News reported, there is plenty of support for TC within the organization.
“You know it when you see it,” one source told the newspaper when asked where Collins must have his team record-wise at the end of the season to remain in the dugout. “You don’t want to put a number on it. It’s a feel thing.”
The Mets went 77-85 in Collins’ first season in Queens and 74-88 in his second season. Both clubs finished in fourth place in the National League East.
The Mets are currently in third place in the NL East, one game ahead of the Phillies and one game behind the Nationals.
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