The Mets keep winning, and with the victories has come speculation about when they will remove the lame-duck status of manager Terry Collins, who has nothing in writing beyond a club option for 2016.
"If I was 46 and doing it, this would be a tough thing to handle right now," Collins, 65, said before Sunday's 7-6 victory over the Marlins. "It's easier for me now."
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Collins, now in his fifth season as Mets manager, has the fourth-most wins (314) in team history. His renewals have always been short-term with club options.
"I don't ever worry about my status," he said. "Hey, look, I know how to do my job and I do it the best that I can every day. Some days you have success, some days you don't.
"Right now I'm giving these guys the credit. They're the ones getting themselves ready every day to go out and perform. There's a great mix in that clubhouse, great leadership, and they believe in themselves. Hopefully it comes a little bit from me. For the most part, I think it's themselves."
The Mets weren't biting when asked if Collins will receive an extension. "We're excited about the start of our season and we don't comment on speculation," a spokesman said.
Collins said the team's decision-makers are aware of his desire to remain. General manager Sandy Alderson, who would be primarily involved in extending Collins, was himself signed through 2017 last September when Collins' option for this season was exercised.
"They know I want to be here," Collins said. "They know I like it here. But I also understand the business as good as anybody. Hey, look, my job is to go out [and help them] do the best we can do to have a big year. If we do, the rest of it takes care of itself.''
"I worry about making sure that we're healthy, making sure that guys get days off, making sure that they're mentally prepared to play every day. That's all I care about . . . 'cause I've reached that stage in my life. It'll take care of itself."