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.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: