Collins introduced as Mets’ skipper

[picappgallerysingle id=”10265551″]The New York Mets introduced Terry Collins as the team’s new manager Tuesday, apparently ignoring this site’s hopes of finding a manager with impressive no-hitter credentials.

Disregarding what NoNoHitters.com maintains is the No. 1 need as the team enters its 50th season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson cited Collins’ experience and intensity in his decision.

Collins, 61, managed for six years – three with the Houston Astros and three with the Anaheim Angels, but none of his teams ever hurled a no-no. He was on the receiving end of one though, when the Minnesota Twins’ Eric Milton no-hit the Angels on Sept. 11, 1999 during a 7-0 win.

In a news conference, Collins vowed to bring success to the Mets in hopes of being the last team standing come next October. Let’s hope he can inspire a no-no along the way to that goal.

On a slightly more depressing note, ESPN New York’s Mark Simon has a solid (yet sobering) piece on Collins’ history of being at the helm during late-season collapses. I never saw the Mets’ job listing, but I sure hope the team did not list that trait under requirements.

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