Here we are the day after the Royals beat the Mets in game 5 to clinch a World Series. The Mets have gained a lot of attention with their spectacular postseason run that seemed to come from nowhere. As a Met fan myself, I certainly could not see this coming at the start of the season especially with so many question marks.
With all the extra attention comes more scrutiny and criticism from the media and the bandwagon full on “diehard” Mets supporters. It’s great that everyone seemed to get behind this magical run by my favorite baseball team but there is one thing that has me extremely confused. That’s the criticism of some of Terry Collin’s decisions.
Any true Met fan that has remotely followed the team and/or Collin’s should know that Terry is an emotional manager that prides himself on having the pulse of the team. He is extremely loyal to his guys for better or for worse so it should come as no surprise with some of the decisions he made.
If anything, the criticism should be on his process and not on the actual result.
As a manager or a decision maker in business or sports we are constantly faced with tough decisions. The best way to make decisions is to get all the information possible, come up with a plan of attack and live with the result. The process of your decisions can not be judged based upon the result. This is why it really confuses me when people laud Collins for decisions that worked out and turn on him for ones that didn’t when he has been consistent in his approach.
Let’s take the play of our young stud outfield Michael Conforto. He had been struggling mightily throughout the postseason but Terry stuck with him and continued to show his confidence by sending him out there everyday on the biggest stage. That confidence was rewarded when Conforto belted two homers in Game 4 and looked to be the hero if the Mets were to pull it out. You don’t get to that moment without Collin’s loyalty to a player who will be one of the cornerstones of our franchise going forward.
Fast forward to what will be the over discussed decision to send Harvey back out for the 9th. As we all know Collin’s had already planned to take Harvey out in favor of closer Jeurys Familia who had thrown only one bad pitch the entire postseason. Harvey pleaded with Collins to go back out there and finish the game. Collin’s obliged, showed confidence in his guy and even left him out there one hitter too many.
You can point to this as the reason the Met’s lost the game and ultimately the World Series but I love the belief Collin’s had in Harvey. Collin’s knew he would be scrutinized for not making what seemed like an obvious decision to bring Familia in but he went with his gut and loyalty which he has been consistent in making decisions with.
Terry Collin’s managing style gives his player the confidence to go out and perform everyday in a sport where hitters are great if they fail 7 out of 10 times. Even on the biggest stage with no guarantee that he would be back there in his career, Collin’s stayed true to himself and that is something to admire as a leader. With our core returning next year and our pitching getting even strong with Zack Wheeler coming back I like our chances of being back in the same position next year.
Most important I love our chances with Terry Collin’s at the helm as our leader. And I can bet our players do too.