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Terry Collins (born May 27, 1949) is a former manager of the Houston Astros, the Anaheim Angels, and the Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League. He was a shortstop in the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations who never broke into the big leagues. In 1980, he retired from playing to manage the Dodgers' Class-A Lodi affiliate in the California League. In 1983, he managed the Albuquerque Dukes, the Dodgers' AAA affiliate, where in 1987, he would win the PCL championship. He managed three years in Buffalo, the Pirates' AAA affiliate before being promoted to bullpen coach in 1992.

Biography

After the 1993 season, the Houston Astros fired manager Art Howe and replaced him with Collins, who never had a losing season in his three years there. Unfortunately, he never won a division title, finishing second all three years. He was fired after the 1996 season. Collins' success caught the attention of the Anaheim Angels, and he was hired as manager. His first two years saw more of the same pattern: winning records and second-place finishes. 1999, however, was a rather forgettable year, as the Angels were hampered by injuries and Collins resigned with 29 games left in the season. He apparently received a vote of confidence from the front office, but the players had petitioned GM Bill Bavasi to fire him.

He returned to managing in the minor leagues with the Las Vegas 51s, and when manager Jim Tracy was released as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers after the 2005 season, he was one of the top candidates for the job. The job, however, was given to former Red Sox manager Grady Little.

At the end of the 2006 season, Collins signed a three-year deal to manage the Orix Buffaloes of the Pacific League in Japan.

Terry resigned as manager of the Buffaloes on May 21st 2008 after a 7-3 inter-league loss to the Hanshin Tigers. Orix were in 5th place in the Pacific League with a 21-28 record, despite investments in players such as Alex Cabrera in the prior off-season. Injuries to the Buffaloes pitching staff certainly didn't help Collins' situation. However, the Buffaloes bounced back and finished second by the end of the season. Collins became the manager of the China national baseball team at the end of the year, in time for the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

On Monday, July 20, 2009, the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League announced that Collins would be managing the team for the rest of the season after firing their field manager a few days prior.

Collins will begin the 2010 season as the minor-league field coordinator for the New York Mets organization.

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Preceded by
Art Howe
Houston Astros Manager
1994–1996
Succeeded by
Larry Dierker
Preceded by
Joe Maddon
Anaheim Angels Manager
1997–1999
Succeeded by
Mike Scioscia
Preceded by
Orlando Gomez
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Bullpen Coach
2001
Succeeded by
Darren Daulton
Preceded by
Billy Hatcher
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Third Base Coach
2001
Succeeded by
Tom Foley
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