Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ new GM, chose Terry Collins to be the new field manager. I was, frankly, rather surprised at this hiring. Collins is famous for losing the Angels’ locker room to the point where the players signed a petition to get rid of him. The presser was boring — there were only a handful of inane questions, and none from the newspaper beat writers. That struck me as odd, and hopefully it’s not a sign of things to come.
He’s got a fan in Assistant GM Paul DePodesta and, apparently, in some of the Mets’ minor league players. He was the organization’s minor league field coordinator in 2010 and the kids liked him. His knowledge of the system is a point in his favor, and hopefully it means he’ll be able to get the best out of his players.
Beningo & Roberts are saying that HoJo is out as hitting instructor, but that he will be offered another role in the organization. They are also saying that Dan Warthen will be back as pitching coach and that Larry Bowa might be hired in some capacity. They’re also saying that the team will offer arbitration to Pedro Feliciano.
2011 should be interesting, to say the least.