Terry Collins To Receive Tommy Lasorda Managerial Award
November 26, 2015
Mets manager Terry Collins will be honored at the annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation’s “In the Spirit of the Game” Fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
He will receive the Tommy Lasorda Managerial Achievement Award.
In addition to Collins, popular television talk show host Larry King will receive special recognition for all he has done for the game and the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation and former Dodgers base-stealing wizard Maury Wills will receive the Player Lifetime Achievement Award. King will be presented with his award by Regis Philbin, Ryan Seacrest and Ashton Kutcher.
In the past 12 years, many of Major League Baseball’s current and former stars have been among the 1,500 guests attending the affair to assist those scouts who have given so much back to the game. The foundation was started and continues to be led by Dennis Gilbert, who has helped raise over $1.6 million for the scouts.
Collins has won 838 games in an 11-year Major League managerial career with the Astros, Angels and Mets, including 394 with the Mets, third best in team history behind Davey Johnson (595) and Bobby Valentine (536). His 90-72 record in 2015 was his best in a full season. Collins, 66, became the second-oldest first-time manager in World Series history. Only Jack McKeon at age 72 in 2003 with the Marlins was older.
Voted by his peers as the 2015 National League Manager of the Year in a poll by The Sporting News, Collins will manage the National League All-Star team at the 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego, after serving as an All-Star coach on three occasions, in 1995, 2012 and 2013.
Collins was director of player development for the Dodgers in 2005-06 after serving as the team’s minor league fielding coordinator from 2002-04.
Collins will join previous managers honored including Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Don Mattingly, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia, Gene Mauch, Bobby Cox, Whitey Herzog, Tony LaRussa and Valentine.
Hall of Famer Lasorda will be entering his 66th year with the Dodgers in 2016 and is considered baseball’s most popular ambassador. He managed the club for 20 seasons in which he won two World Championships, four National League pennants and eight division titles. .
Tickets and sponsorship packages are available by calling (818) 224-3906.