Mets pick Collins as next manager

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FLUSHING, NY - The Mets are reportedly set to hire former Angels and Astros manager Terry Collins to take the same position in New York.

Reports from The New York Post and MLB.com identified Collins as the new manager.

Two team contacts told The Sports Network in separate e-mails Sunday only that the team has made a decision and is in the process of negotiating a contract.

Collins spent the 2010 season with the Mets organization as the minor league field coordinator and will take over for Jerry Manuel, who was fired along with general manager Omar Minaya last month.

Manuel was let go after three years and no playoff appearances as manager.

This will be Collins' first major league managing stint since he was let go by the Angels during the tail end of the 1999 season. He has a 444-434 career record in nearly six complete seasons with Houston and the Angels.

The 61-year-old Michigan native recently managed China's World Baseball Classic team in 2009 and the Orix Buffaloes of the Pacific League in Japan.

The Mets have been on a downward spiral ever since losing Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series to St. Louis at Shea Stadium. Since that time, the club has blown first-place leads in both 2007 and 2008 and failed to break .500 in the last two seasons.

This offseason has been a busy one for New York, as it has replaced Minaya with Sandy Alderson and added other top executives J.P. Ricciardi and Paul DePodesta to its front office.


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