The imperfect union began nearly seven years ago, with the Mets in need of someone willing to enter the wilderness. There would be no winning, at least at the beginning, and there would be no guarantee of seeing the light at the end.
The only certainty would be a constant give-and-take that persists to this day, part of the dynamic that general manager Sandy Alderson envisioned as he scoured the opposite end of the baseball spectrum to find a manager. He wanted somebody with his own convictions, his own world view, not a yes man.
That search in 2010 yielded Terry Collins, and since that time, he and Alderson have had their clashes. Whether over playing time or bullpen management, such conflict was predictable. Less apparent has been the enduring nature of an improbable arrangement that often has been contentious.
“A lot of times, I have to remind Sandy when there’s a disconnect, ‘Hey, this is what we want,’ ” assistant general manager John Ricco said recently. “And the result has been the longest-tenured manager in the organization’s history and a trip to the World Series. So obviously, that approach has been beneficial.”
On Saturday night, Collins managed his 1,013th game for the Mets, passing Davey Johnson, who led the franchise to a world championship in 1986.
Collins has yet to…