Reports: Former EMU baseball player Terry Collins to be named New York Mets manager
Numerous reports say that Terry Collins, a Midland native who played baseball at Eastern Michigan, will be named the manager of the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Paul Neumeyer of the Saginaw News verified the report with Collins' father.
Collins was inducted into the Eastern Michigan athletic hall of fame in 1994. He was the starting shortstop on the Eagles' 1970 team that won an NAIA national championship and was voted the tournament's most outstanding defensive player. He also led the Eagles in stolen bases for four straight seasons.
Collins, 61, had been working as the Mets' minor league field coordinator.
The New York Times reports that Collins was selected over three other finalists: Wally Backman, Bob Melvin and Chip Hale.
Collins managed the Houston Astros and the Anaheim Angels in the 1990s with a 444-434 record in six combined seasons.