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Terry Collins on Mets last November: ‘2015 is gonna be the year’

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins clearly had a good feeling long before spring training that the team would enjoy a successful 2015 season, going all the way back to last November.

“2015 is gonna be the year,” Collins said two weeks before Thanksgiving, via the New York Post. “We’re gonna be in the mix to play in October. … We’ve been preaching patience for four years and it’s time to step up.”

As Collins alluded to in his comments, the Mets have been building towards something for some time, but it never translated into success until this season, as the Mets never finished .500 or better during Collins’ first four seasons as manager.

Collins’ name was among those mentioned whenever the subject of “MLB Managers on the Hot Seat” became a topic of discussion, even as late as early July after the Mets lost 10 of 14 games. But Collins remained calm and the team eventually recovered as the Washington Nationals — presumed favorites to win NL East — simultaneously stumbled. The Mets got hot heading into August and made a mad dash to the postseason. And the rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Collins was asked about his prophetic comments before the Mets punched their ticket to the World Series by beating the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the NLCS to complete the series sweep.

“I remember saying that,” he said. “And I really believed it. I just looked at what we had coming back and what our plans were and figured the time was now.”

As Major League Baseball meanders through the hot-stove offseason, hope often springs eternal, even for the unlikeliest of teams. It’s no surprise, then, that Collins expressed optimism about the Mets’ prospects for the upcoming 2015 season, even if at the time it seemed a tad unrealistic. But when looked back on his comments now, nothing else can be said other than Collins’ words certainly were prescient.