New York Mets manager Terry Collins says he is not worried about losing his job, even though he admits it’s not an easy thing to do.
“I’ve been in the game for many, many years. I’m well aware that the end is going to come in the near future," Collins added. "I’m fine, I feel great, I have a great time. It’s exciting to be here, it’s fun to do what I do. My job is to try to go out every night and get ’em ready to play. If they play good, great … If they don’t … something happens.”
Collins, 66, has been the manager with the Mets for last the five years and has yet to reach the postseason, finishing each season under .500. Collins, who had the 2015 team option in his contract picked up at the end of last season, says he wants to retire in New York.
“No question about it, no doubt about it,” Collins said. “All I know is I come out every day and work as hard as I can, have some fun doing it, make sure that the players enjoy being here."
New York has a 23-17 record and is tied for first place in the National League East with Washington despite having 12 players make at least one trip to the disabled list this season.
The Mets won 11 games in a row earlier this season and boast a 3.08 ERA (second-best in MLB) from their pitching staff. But the team has struggled scoring runs. New York ranks 26th in the major leagues in batting average and on-base percentage, 28th in slugging percentage and OPS and have scored two runs or fewer in 14 of their 17 last games.
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