Terry Collins on uncertain future: ‘I will be in baseball somewhere’
It is considered a near-lock that Terry Collins won’t be brought back next season by the New York Mets. And if that comes to fruition — and there’s no reason to expect it will not — the 68-year-old baseball man vows to remain in the sport in some capacity.
With his contract expiring after the season and the disappointing campaign the Mets (68-90) are wrapping up, Collins presumably can see the writing on the wall. And if that’s the case and the Mets cut him loose? There are other options, says Collins.
“I’m going to be somewhere. If after we have discussions, if it feels I shouldn’t be here [with the Mets], then I won’t be,” Collins on Tuesday told The Record, via ESPN. “We’ve created something here that’s pretty good. That’s my take. I haven’t talked to anybody about it so we’ll go from there.
“… I’m a baseball guy. I’m not embarrassed about going to the minor leagues. … I’m not embarrassed about doing anything that I think can help a team win and get better. … I will be in baseball somewhere.”
There have been rumors that Collins may opt to retire after the season. That doesn’t appear to be the case.
“I never said anything that I was going to retire,” Collins said. “I always wanted to work until I was 70. … I can put something to rest: I’m not going to go home and go fishing. Whatever anybody thinks about if I’m going to be here or not, I can’t answer that. But I’m going to be doing something.”
All that said, Collins — posted a 549-581 record with the Mets since taking over as manager in 2011, a run that included a trip to the World Series in 2015 — enjoyed his time with the teams and hopes it’s not over just yet.
“I will tell you I hope it continues, but it’s been a lot of fun,” Collins said. “… We’ve done pretty good here.”