Collins & Stengel: You could look it up...

With new manager Terry Collins, the Mets are hoping that the combination of age, time away, and near-misses brings with it championship-level wisdom.

Collins is 61 and will be the second-oldest manager in Mets history at the time of his hiring. The only one older was the Mets first manager, Casey Stengel, who was 71 when tabbed by the Mets prior to the 1962 season.

Stengel brought with him the experience of a successful playing career and a successful managerial tenure with the New York Yankees. That didn't go too well though. The Mets were 40-120 in that inaugural year.

Collins actually doesn't bring either of those traits. He's the first manager in Mets history to have never played a major league game. And his last stint as manager ended with a fractured Angels clubhouse in 1999.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Collins will be the fourth manager hired since 2000 who had not been a big league skipper for at least 11 years, joining Larry Bowa, Cito Gaston and Frank Robinson.

A few more tidbits of this nature from Mark Simon on the Stats and Info blog here.