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The new manager of the New York Mets is Terry Collins and he'll be managing in the big leagues for the first time since 1999.
Collins doesn't come to the Mets with a reputation of being a great manager, but he's had success. With both the Astros and Angels, Collins had a winning record, but unfortunately saw his time end with each club prematurely.
He managed some time in Japan and now after 11 seasons away from the majors, Collins will hope to turn this Mets team around. It's going to be a bit of a process and it most likely won't happen over night.
Leaving the entire Bernie Madoff mess out of this because it has nothing to do with him, the club given to Collins this season isn't spectacular. He won't have his starting ace to begin the season and there are a whole bunch of question marks.
If the team isn't doing too well by the All-Star break, there's always a chance some core players could be traded, making it even tougher for Collins.
The hope has to be to have some success and remove the image of failure that's been drawn by fans and media over the past couple of seasons. Then, hopefully in 2012, the Mets front office will give Collins a better team to work with.
It'll be interesting to see this spring training what kind of style Collins brings.