New York Mets manager Terry Collins is not yet retiring.
Amid speculations he is calling it quits after this season, the 68-year-old Collins he is not planning to do so.
He told reporters he wants to continue on with the Mets and even hinted he can have a job in the minor leagues next year.
“I never said anything that I was going to retire,’’ Collins said. “I always wanted to work until I was 70. That’s two more years. I can put something to rest: I’m not going to go home and go fishing. Whatever anybody thinks about if I’m going to be here or not, I can’t answer that. But I’m going to be doing something.’’
Collins aired his side before the Mets’ 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves Braves at Citi Field.
The Mets completed their comeback win through Travis Taijeron’s walk-off single to deep left with one out in the ninth inning.
New York were trailing 3-0 until the seventh, when Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run home run off R.A. Dickey. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a game-tying sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Dickey allowed two runs in 6 2⁄3 innings, while Rafael Montero gave up three runs in six innings for the Mets.
The contract of Collins’ contract, which he signed after taking the Mets to the World Series in 2015, expires when the Mets finish their season in Philadelphia on Sunday.
As to Collins status, New York General Manager Sandy Alderson said: “We will talk about that at the end of the season as well. I can’t really say that there’s clarity. And if there were clarity, I couldn’t really discuss it at this point.’’
Collins, who knows his status will not be decided until the end of the season, remarked by saying he thinks people are forgetting it was only two years ago that he guided the Mets to the World Series.
“I will tell you I hope it continues, but it’s been a lot of fun,” he added.
Collins took charge at the Mets in 2011 and went into Tuesday with a 548-581 record.
In the event he does not get a job in the major league, Collins believes there is life for him in the minor league.