MLB Network will premiere a new documentary on Mets manager Terry Collins titled, “Terry Collins: A Life In Baseball,” on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. Through conversations with Tom Verducci, it chronicles his four-plus decade journey from the minor leagues, both as a player and a coach, to the World Series with the Mets last season.
As you’ll see in the preview clip below, the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series is discussed in great detail, specifically Collins’ decision to send Matt Harvey back out for the ninth inning. That didn’t turn out so well. As a Mets fan, it was a painful thing to rewatch and pick apart. And you could tell it was still painful for Collins to discuss. He’s not ready to see it again either.
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As someone who has been fortunate enough to watch the full documentary already, I’ll tell you that it’s mostly about the unlikely circumstances that brought Collins to the World Series. The odds were against him even before he was an undersized middle infielder in the Dodgers minor league system. After giving up his playing career for coaching, Collins eventually found a kindred spirit in Jim Leyland, who added him to his staff in Pittsburgh and opened the door for him to become a major league manager. They remain great friends.
Collins’ first two stints as a major league manager ended in disappointment, partially due to his fiery personality, but he came to the Mets a little more mellow and a little more willing to trust his players. Sometimes that works against him, as we saw with Harvey in the ninth inning Game 5, but he’s comfortable in his own skin. Or at least as comfortable as you can be as a manager of a New York baseball team.