Mets GM Supports Collins, Though Future Remains Undecided
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says a final decision on the fate of Terry Collins won’t be made until after the season.
Alderson spoke about his manager’s future prior to Monday night’s 3-2 loss in Cincinnati.
“I think I’ve been pretty open about my support of Terry,” Alderson said, according to the team’s official website. “I think he’s done an excellent job across the board with the talent that he’s had, with the injuries that he’s had to endure, with the other changes in personnel. I think he’s handled all of those situations and individual events exceptionally well. On the other hand, we haven’t won, and that’s always an issue. But it’s not always a result that can be pinned on the manager.”
Collins, hired in Nov. 2010, is in the final year of his contract. He’s gone 222-258 in nearly three full seasons, though success wasn’t exactly expected with the Mets in a rebuilding phase.
His tenure has included some major injuries; the departures of Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes and other high-priced stars; and the Bernie Madoff financial mess.
“Wins and losses I don’t think ever determine a manager’s fate, frankly,” Alderson said. “Even winning does not necessarily guarantee tenure. It’s always a little bit subjective, in this case perhaps more so. You have to temper your evaluation with the circumstances and the context, which includes the players, the injuries, the trades, the other things that come into play on a daily basis.
“In anything like this, you have to constantly remind yourself of the need to be objective.”
Alderson also spoke about right-hander Matt Harvey, who is attempting to rehab his partially torn elbow as Tommy John surgery remains a possibility. Alderson said Harvey could pitch in Arizona Fall League games to test his arm in a competitive environment.
“The strong desire is that we will finish this process within the six- to eight-week time frame,” he said. “When it actually starts is a little bit unclear. We’re in the six- to eight-week window, but when he actually starts throwing is a little bit unclear.”
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