This morning I linked Bob Klapisch’s story about Terry Collins being on the hot seat. Andy Martino of the Daily News, without mentioning Klapisch by name, but pretty clearly aiming in that direction, says that such stuff is nonsense:
It is not worth your time speculating on Collins’ job status. He might or might not be back next year, but the team is not anywhere close to replacing him. On February 20, we reported that “it will take an extraordinarily bad situation, far worse than a losing record, for Collins to be fired during the year — but it is also nearly impossible to imagine an extension before October.”
It doesn’t seem like Sandy Alderson’s M.O. to just yank a manager in midseason for no good reason. It’d be different if the team had some optimistic expectation that wasn’t being met, but the Mets were expected to struggle and build. So far we’ve seen both some struggling and some growth, and there isn’t any suggestion that there’s drama going on in the clubhouse or anything.
That still leaves next season up for grabs — there’s no particular reason to stick with Collins either — but at the moment Martino’s take rings more true to me.