Exibit B: Terry Collins
After 11 seasons of managing in the big leagues, Terry Collins finally gets a well-deserved shot at the title. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
If you’re like Fox Sports national baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal and hate seeing baseball lifers marginalized in the Major Leagues these days, you’ve got to love Mets manager Terry Collins. A lifer if there ever was one, Collins played shortstop at Eastern Michigan and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971 as a 19th-round pick. He went on to play ten seasons in the minor leagues, never getting the call to the show. He made his managerial debut in A-ball in 1981 and earned a job in the big time that way. Collins has managed at the big league level for 11 seasons now. Like Wright, he is experiencing his first World Series. Also like Wright? Collins deserves a ring, especially for keeping his players focused on baseball this year.