The topic will be raised many times this summer, as Terry Collins’ contract draws closer to its autumn expiration: Is he the right guy to lead the Mets not only through transition, but also into contention?
Having covered Collins since the day of his job interview, my answer is a firm yes, but that opinion does not matter a fraction as much as David Wright’s — and the face of the franchise, whose voice is more influential around here than ever before, happens to agree.
On Tuesday, I posed a simple question to Wright: Do you want Collins to be the manager beyond this season, and for several years to come?
“Yeah, I would,” Wright said without pause. “That would be great. He is a perfect fit, a perfect mold for the type of team that we are building.
“I like the intensity that he brings. I like the energy that he brings. For what we are trying to do here, he fits that mold perfectly. We have a lot of young, energetic players, and we have an energetic manager who knows a lot of those players.”

Climb the front-office ladder with the same question, and you’ll hear similar praise. On the record, off the record and everywhere in between, Mets people say they love Collins, want him to succeed, hope not to make a change after the season, when his current deal will end.
But that leads to a series of tougher questions. If Mets execs like him so much, why not extend his contract now, before what might be a shaky year for the team?
Why put Collins through the New York lame duck experience, with all its talk-radio and back-page intensity? After all, he was not the one who decided to trade R.A. Dickey for prospects, or say no to Michael Bourn because of a draft pick and fifth-year contract option.
After a winter spent taking these queries to every corner of the organization, I found a few answers this week. The Mets’ inaction seems less about Collins than about two P’s, policy and public relations.


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