Being a major league manager isn’t for the faint of heart, especially in New York.
Terry Collins was hired by the New York Mets as their 20th manager in 2011 to oversee a rebuild. Well, after four straight seasons under .500 with Collins at the helm, the Mets made it to the World Series in 2015.
Collins had previously managed in Houston and Anaheim in the 1990s before going overseas in the 2000s. Going from managing the Orix Buffaloes of the Pacific League in Japan to managing the New York Mets was going to be a challenge for Collins.
Collins revealed that he sought out advice from legendary New York manager Joe Torre upon being hired by the Mets during his appearance on Audacy’s original podcast “Damon Amendolara's New York Accent” this week.
“I reached out to a good friend who probably did it better than anybody and that was Joe Torre,” Collins said (12:10 in player above). “When I got the job in New York I called Joe and I just said ‘Tell me about what it’s like, what it’s like being here’ and he gave me tremendous advice about how to handle it, how to go about it.”
Torre’s advice for Collins was simple.
“He said ‘Understand one thing: you know more than they do,’” Collins recalled. “‘No matter what you read, what you hear, people are saying, you know more than they do.’ So he said ‘Just don’t ever forget that. Just be yourself. Run the game like you think it’s supposed to.’”
Not only did Collins learn from one of the best managers in New York history, he was also aided by Jay Horwitz, who had nearly 40 years of experience in the Mets’ media relations department.
“I was lucky to be around probably the best PR, media relations person in all of sports and that’s Jay Horwitz, who helped me deal with the media and the sportswriters, what to expect on a daily basis from those guys. Talked about their personalities,” Collins said. “When I got this job I did all I could to make sure I reached out to all the resources that were available to me and it all helped.”
While the Mets’ magical run in 2015 ultimately fell short, Collins helped make memories of a lifetime during his time in New York.