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Mets Hire Former Angels Skipper Terry Collins As Manager

After an exhaustive managerial search, the New York Mets have decided to hire Terry Collins as their next manager. Collins, who managed the Angels from 1997-1999 and was in the Dodgers organization as well, will receive a two-year contract. The hire was made by new general manager Sandy Alderson, who also hired former Dodger general manager Paul DePodesta as his assistant GM.

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Collins managed three years in Houston followed by his three year stint with the Angels, and finished in second place five straight seasons before bottoming out in 1999. Collins resigned from the Angels after 133 games in the 1999 season, as the club was 51-82. Joe Maddon served as interim manager the rest of the way that season, and then Mike Scioscia was hired during that winter. Collins has a 444-434 career record, a .506 winning percentage. He was 220-237 (.481) with the Angels.

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Collins played in the Dodgers minor league system for parts of seven seasons, and managed in their system from 1981-1988, including managing Triple A Albuquerque for five seasons. Collins was working in the Dodgers system in 2005 when, after the season, then-GM DePodesta wanted to hire Collins as manager to replace Jim Tracy. Owner Frank McCourt didn't agree, and soon thereafter DePodesta was fired as GM.

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The Angels play in New York against the Mets in interleague play in 2011, from June 17-19. The Dodgers play the Mets in New York from May 6-8 and in Los Angeles from July 4-7.

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