Terry Collins took a long, long road to his current job as manager of the New York Mets. It included a good-sized stop in Buffalo.
Collins was a shortstop at Eastern Michigan University, where he helped his team win an NAIA national championship in 1971. He's a member of that school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
From there it was on to a career as a professional player. Collins was drafted by the Pirates and spent 10 years with that organization and with the Dodgers. Then it was on to managing in the minors.
Collins was the skipper of some good Bisons teams from 1989 to 1991, and is well-remembered by fans of those teams as a good manager. People figured he'd wind up in the major leagues some day, and that's just what happened to him.
Collins was hired as the manager of the Astros starting with the 1994 season. He spent four seasons there, and didn't have a losing record. Then he landed with the Angels, resigning in midseason in 1999 after two-plus years.
After some time managing in Japan, and a stint in the Mets' baseball organization, New York hired him in November 2010 to be their manager. There he has worked with several young players who passed through Buffalo on their way to the majors just like Collins did.
-- Budd Bailey