Let’s wrap up this Friday evening with another Mets post.
Cameron received a great return TTM this afternoon from current New York Mets manager Terry Collins. The inscription reads – “To Cameron – A real fan – Terry Collins”
I’ve always liked Collins and his managerial style.
With his old-school attitude, he’s an every-man’s manager and isn’t afraid to stick his neck out for the team. This is especially important for someone managing in a city where the media can be absolutely ruthless. Collins has been described as a “working stiff just happy to be working.” It doesn’t hurt that he’s actually pretty good at it too. As a respected baseball “lifer” he knows that every decision he makes as the skipper of a big league club is expected to be made with the intent of only one outcome – winning.
Critics will always call into question his 2015 World Series Game 5 decision to leave Matt Harvey in to pitch the 9th. Harvey went on to give up 2 runs and the Mets lost the game. The logical decision would have been to bring in the closer Familia to toss the 9th. Would the ending have been any different? Even with a Mets game 5 win, the series was headed back to Kansas City for a game 6 and 7 anyways. What were the odds that the Royals would lose those two games at home? Probably slim to none. So with that being said, you learn from the past and you move on. 2016 is a new year. Hopefully we will see the post-season again and the outcome will be different.
I recently read an article in which Collins stated that the game has changed so much over the years and it is now a “young man’s game”. He was referring to the technology, charts, and advanced statistics that have taken over the game. “I’m not sure how much an old-school guy can add to the game today” he said.
Later in the interview, Mr. Collins remarked, “I’m not going to sit there today and look at all of these (expletive) numbers and try to predict this guy is going to be a great player. OPS this. OPS that. GPS. LCSs. DSDs. You know who has good numbers? Good (expletive) players.”
Well said Terry, well said.