As expected, Terry Collins will resign as the Mets’ manager after Sunday’s season finale against the Phillies, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Collins will remain with the Mets in a front office role.
Collins, 68, managed the Mets for seven seasons, helping the team to a 551-582 (.486) record. The Mets lost the 2015 World Series to the Royals and lost the NL Wild Card game to the Giants the next year.
Ashley noted on Saturday that Robin Ventura and Kevin Long are the early favorites to succeed Collins as manager of the Mets.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.