In my opinion, Collins has done well with the hand he has been dealt. He has been trotting a AAA team out onto Citi Field for the past few years, with no leverage to pressure the front office to bring in some help. Collins was in player development in the Met organization before donning a jersey again; before he took the job, the plan was probably spelled out to him in great detail. No doubt, his willingness to suffer the losing seasons at the beginning of the process aided him in landing the position. But we have reached, or at least started to reach, the other side. The team is spending, and while it may not quite be ready to fight for a title, it is pulling itself up from the bottom of the barrel. We've seen Collins weather storms, and we've witnessed his ability to keep a locker room together while playing for a lost cause. Now we need to see him win.
|Photo by Michael Baron|
It's a tough job, and a better team is going to bring higher expectations. I hope to see Collins react well to the pressure. If he doesn't, there are sure to be consequences, but the upside is far greater. Bring success to this franchise, and the team's fans can be as loving as they are rabid.