Performance Appraisal

By Kerwick, Mike | The Record (Bergen County, NJ), September 24, 2013 | Go to article overview

Performance Appraisal


Kerwick, Mike, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


CINCINNATI - Sandy Alderson began his 14-minute assessment with two Latin words - "In re" - a splendid language choice for a man who was about to offer his blessing.

As early as six days from now, Alderson may reveal that Terry Collins will return as Mets manager next season. He was not ready to deliver a bold announcement like that Monday afternoon, but was willing to rave about the man he has entrusted with the keys to his dugout.

"I think I've been pretty open about my support of Terry," Alderson said before Monday's 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.

"I think he's done an excellent job across the board with the talent that he's had, with the injuries that he's had to endure, with the other changes in personnel. He's handled all of those situations and individual events exceptionally well."

"On the other hand, we haven't won. That's always an issue."

But even Alderson admitted that in this case, it may not be the central issue. In three seasons with the Mets, Collins has a 222- 258 record. His current team is 71-85.

Alderson expects to make an announcement after the season ends, but not long after. He made it clear that he has gathered more than enough evidence over these past three seasons to weigh whether Collins is a keeper or a goner.

"The only thing I can say is that nothing has changed in the last few weeks to change my appraisal of his work," Alderson said.

Collins has weathered an extraordinary number of injuries this season. Among the glittery names to miss significant time: Matt Harvey, Johan Santana, David Wright, Ike Davis, Jon Niese and Travis d'Arnaud. …

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