Report: Mets expected to announce extension for Terry Collins on Monday

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It’s been clear for a while now that Terry Collins will be back with the Mets next season, but it’s finally close to being official.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Mets are expected to announce an extension with Collins on Monday. The deal isn’t done yet, but he’s expected to receive a two-year contract with a club option for 2016.

Collins has a 224-260 record over three seasons as Mets manager and has never won more than 77 games, but he hasn’t had much to work with. While his previous managerial stops were drama-filled, he has managed a good relationship with players and the media during his tenure in New York. After presiding over some lean years, he deserves an opportunity to see this thing through now that the franchise appears to be headed in the right direction.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.