TERRY COLLINS
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   MANAGER
Home: Albuquerque, New Mexico Team:   METS
Height: 5' 9" Bats:   L
Weight: 170 Throws:   R
DOB: 5/27/1949 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: Midland, Michigan
Draft: 1971 - Pirates - Out of Eastern Michigan State College
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
Personal
  • In June 1998, Terry was suspended for eight games for his part in a major brawl between his Angels and the Royals. Royals manager Tony Muser was also suspended for eight games. Nine players were also suspended, for a total of 22 games and fined $7,500 each.
  • On June 27, 2002, Collins was arrested about 2:00 a.m. and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. He was stopped on an Augusta, Georgia street and also charged with operating an unsafe vehicle and driving without a license.

    "He was driving on a flat tire, which is what drew our attention to him," Major Richard Weaver of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office told Rob Mueller of the Augusta Chronicle. "He just kept driving."

    He was staggering, obviously impaired, and failed a sobriety test. Taken to the Richmond County Jail, he failed a Breathalyzer test. He was in the slammer for 14 hours before being released after meeting bond requirements.

  • August 30, 2014: Collins reached a personal milestone, managing his 1,500th career big league game.

  • Collins' background iterary includes three marriages, 13 organizations, managing gigs in Mexico, Venezuela, Japan and Duluth. He's had many long nights spent on minor league buses that he learned how to sleep in overhead luggage racks, the one perk of being 5' 9" after constantly hearing he was too small to amount to much.

  • In October, 2015, as Terry stood on the third base line at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City before Game 1 of the World Series, the loss hat came to mind was that of his father eight months earlier. Loran (Bud) Collins, a labor relations chief for Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan, died at 95 after a lengthy illness. It was a long goodbye, vastly different from when Terry's mother, Choyce, who died suddenly 30 years earlier.

    Looking up at the triple-decked horseshoe of people, an intimate memory washed over Collins. He remembered a Saturday morning in Midland, the day high school baseball tryouts began, when he walked into the family kitchen and saw on the table a gift from his father: a new baseball glove.

    When Collins quit baseball in 1979, his father asked him why.

    "Because maybe it's time to get a real job," Terry said.

    "Hey, look," Bud said. "A lot of us, we've had to do jobs because we were required to have jobs. You get to do something you love to do on a daily basis. You've had a ball in your hands since you could walk. If it's not fun, get out. But as long as it's still fun, you should stay with it."

    So Collins went back to baseball the next year. "Without that advice, I wouldn't be here," he says. "I would have probably been a high school coach someplace and, knowing my personality, would have looked back and said, 'It was my decision to leave, but ....' I certainly don't regret staying in, even though there were some tough times along the way." Says Bill Bavasi, the G.M. who hired Collins in Anaheim, "When you're talking to Terry, you're talking to somebody who's going to tell you the truth. He has the ability to say something in the most frank terms and not offend. I find that incredible, especially in baseball.

    "Probably the most impressive thing about Terry is that he has made a conscious effort to do things very differently later in life. That's so difficult for most people—to be one way for so long and then at an older ge admit, 'I have to do things differently.' He not only did that, he made it work." (Tom Verducci - Sports Illustrated - 2/01/2016)

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PLAYING CAREER NOTES

  • Terry's 1970 Eastern Michigan State College team won the NAIA Championship.

  • Terry played three years as an infielder in the Pirates organization before joining the Dodgers system. He never played in the Majors. And he once went 52 days without getting into a game, which was not even the low point of his playing career. That would be when he quit baseball at age 29 to go home to Midland, Michigan to play softball.

    His last year as a pro player was 1980.

  • The little shortstop had more heart than ability on the playing field. To this day, Terry has trouble understanding talented players who don't extend maximum effort.
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MANAGERIAL/COACHING TRAITS

  • In July 1987, Terry said he was tired of hearing about the lack of quality players in the Dodgers' minor league system. Collins said that L.A. develops talent, but once the players are sent to the big leagues, Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda misuses them and impedes their development. This outburst helped to grease Terry's decision to change organizations a little over a year later.

    In Albuquerque, Collins was known to chew out players in the clubhouse after uninspired performances. If a butt needs to be kicked, Collins is a regular Garo Yepremian. Conversely, he is big on exhorting and encouraging his players in the dugout. He is fiery, very bright, and a workaholic.

  • Terry has a good reputation as a teacher. He has good enthusiasm, excellent knowledge of the game and is a winner.
  • In 1987, he was named the Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year.
  • Collins is naturally ebullient without being artificial. When he said he got excited reading the Astros' media guide before the 1994 season, you can believe him. When he thanked his wife Linda during his introductory press conference in Houston upon being named their manager, his voice cracked with honest emotion.

    Collins overcame his lack of name recognition by wowing Astros owner Drayton McLane and former G.M. Bob Watson in his interviews, sweeping past Bob Boone, Larry Bowa, Matt Galante, and Jeff Torborg, to get the job.

    According to Houston insiders, Drayton McLane and Bob Watson asked each of nine managerial candidates the same question: "What would you do if the Astros had to trade a couple of their top players for financial reasons?"

    Most of the interviewees said something to the effect that, well, the front office had to do what it had to do and that the manager would do what he had to do. Collins, on the other hand, said: "I'd win." That bit of positive thinking was apparently enough to convince McLane that Collins was the guy he wanted.

  • Terry is very aggressive. He likes to use the hit-and-run and steal bases. He puts runners in motion.
  • He tends to burn out his relief pitchers, getting them up in the pen too much without using them, and using them too often in games, too. So he makes a lot of pitching changes. But he is good at breaking in young pitchers into the Majors.
  • Asked if he maintains any superstitions during win streaks, Terry said, "I wore the same underwear for five years in the minor leagues and still hit .250 . . . so no, I don't believe in that stuff."
  • Collins is fiery and aggressive and he likes his players to be fiery and aggressive. He can change the atmosphere around a team. He asks players to do their work, and that approach can sometimes bruise feelings. "The word hangs over me like a neon light," Terry said of his reputation for intensity. "People say it like it's a bad word; it isn't."
  • One of Collins' strengths is is ability to communicate with the players. He always has a positive face when it comes to his guys.
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POST-PLAYING CAREER POSITIONS

  • 1978-1980: Terry was a Player-Coach at Albuquerque (PCL-Dodgers).
  • 1981: He began his managerial career at Lodi (CAL-Dodgers).
  • 1982: He was manager at Vero Beach (FSL-Dodgers).
  • 1983: He was manager at San Antonio.
  • June 27, 1983-1988: He replaced Del Crandall and guided the Albuquerque Dukes (PCL-Dodgers) to the PCL divisional title. Then stayed five more years. 
  • 1989-1991: He moved to the Pirates system as manager at Buffalo (AmAssoc). In 1990, he was rated the best managerial prospect in the American Association. 
  • 1992-1993: He became a part of the Pirates' Coaching Staff, serving as Bullpen Coach. (Terry had spent 11 years as a minor league manager before 1992, when he first appeared in a big league uniform.)
  • 1994: Terry became manager of the Houston Astros.
  • July 7, 1995: Collins got a contract extension through the 1997 season with the Astros. But Houston fired him four days after the '96 season. He lost the job when some players and even coaches criticized him for a lack of communication.
  • November 4, 1996: Terry was named manager of the California Angels.
  • August 1998: He signed a contract extension through the 1999 season.
  • Through the 1998 season, Collins' teams had finished second every year of his five-season managerial career.
  • June 1999: He signed a contract extension that made him the Angels' manager through the year 2001. But Terry resigned Sept. 3, 1999.

    He was not fired. The Angels had bad chemistry in their clubhouse of historic proportions. Joe Maddon, the team's bench coach, took over as interim manager for the last month of the season. Collins had been criticized for being too intense.

  • 2000: The Cubs signed Terry as their Major League Advance Scout.
  • 2001: Terry joined the Devil Rays as Infield and Third Base Coach. But they let him go after the season.
  • November 2001: Collins went back to the Dodgers organization, as Minor League Field Coordinator.
  • November 9, 2004: Terry was named Dodgers Player Development Director.
  • October 2006: Collins agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract to manage Japan's Orix Buffaloes.
  • November 24, 2010: Terry was hired by the Mets as Minor League Field Coordinator.
  • November 22, 2010: Collins was named as manager of the Mets, signing a two-year contract.

  • September 26, 2011: The Mets exercised manager Terry Collins' contract option for the 2013 season.

  • September 30, 2013: The Mets signed Collins for two more years, with a team option for 2015 (which they exercised) and 2016.
  • June 16, 2015: Collins surpassed Gil Hodges (339-309) for sole possession of third place on the Mets' all-time managerial wins list, with 340.