When it happens once, maybe you can understand. But when it happens twice in two separate countries, there must be a problem. Terry Collins had to resign in the middle of two seasons with a major league team and Japanese team.
When was the last time any manager stepped down in the middle of a season, let alone doing it twice?
Collins was fired from the Astros after the 1996 season following a late-season collapse. The team was 1.5 games out of first place with 14 games to play before losing nine straight to fall below .500 and out of contention.
That kind of stretch seems awfully familiar. Well, that's because the Mets did something like that themselves two straight seasons. Why fire two managers in a row for being the leaders of late-season collapses and then hire a guy who led one himself?
Now, concerning the resignations, Collins stepped down on two occasions. The first time was as manager of the Anaheim Angels in 1999. With 29 games to play, sitting at 51-82 after suffering a bunch of injuries, Collins lost the respect of his players.
Players on the team petitioned general manager Bill Bavasi to fire him, as most are led to believe Mo Vaughn was the guy who wanted him out most, and therefore Collins stepped down.
The 2009 Mets had more injuries than any team in memory that season and were also losing frequently, but Jerry Manuel didn't resign. That just doesn't happen. So, what was up with Collins in the clubhouse?
He then stepped down as manager of the Japanese League's Orix Buffaloes in May 2008 as the team suffered through many injuries to the pitching staff and a record of 21-28. When he left, though, the team bounced back to finish the season in second place.
All of the aforementioned developments should've helped the Mets stay away from this kind of manager. Collins stepping down twice doesn't make him look like a good guy in the clubhouse. Maybe that's why no team hired him in the last 12 years.