Terry Collins finishes third in NL Manager of Year voting

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets remain one of two major league teams never to have their skipper win a Manager of the Year award.

Terry Collins finished third in the NL balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, according to results released Tuesday evening.

Chicago's Joe Maddon won the award. He appeared first on 18 ballots, second on 11 ballots and third on one ballot, for 124 points. St. Louis' Mike Matheny ranked second (9-12-6-87).

Collins had three first-place votes, seven second-place votes and 13 third-place votes for 49 points.

Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle (eight points), San Francisco's Bruce Bochy (one point) and ousted Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly (one point) rounded out the voting.

Collins' three first-place votes came from Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic, Mark Schmetzer of Reds Report and Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record.

The Mets and Milwaukee Brewers are the only active franchises in the majors never to have a manager win the award, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Voting is done before the postseason begins.

Collins won a Sporting News poll as voted on by fellow NL managers.

After leading the Mets to their first pennant in 15 years and then losing to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, Collins signed a two-year extension to lead the club through the 2017 season.

He is the oldest manager in the majors (66 years, 174 days), edging recently hired Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker by 22 days.

Collins guided the Mets to a 90-72 record and first-place finish in the NL East during the regular season. That snapped the organization’s streak of six straight losing seasons, including four under Collins.

Collins learned difficult lessons from taking a heavy-handed approach while managing the Astros and Angels two decades ago. He had an open revolt in the clubhouse with the Angels and resigned after 133 games in 1999. With the Mets, he tried to make sure from the outset that he maintained a positive relationship with his players.