Collins Considering Japanese Offer

A year ago Terry Collins came oh, so close to becoming the manager of the Dodgers. That didn't happen, of course, and now he's mulling a chance to return to managing again- in Japan.

When Jim Tracy vacated the premises, Collins was then- general manager Paul DePodesta's choice to succeed him. Instead, DePodesta was swept out and Ned Colletti went with Grady Little. Collins stayed in his position as director of player development for the Dodgers but now has been offered the manager's post with the Orix Blue Waves of the Japanese League.

The Dodgers are happy with Terry in his present position. In fact, his contract was extended by two years this summer. However, the itch to manage once more has always been with him and he's admitted that he's considering pulling a Bobby Valentine and manage in Japan.

There's also those jobs fast opening at the major league level. Already, the Nationals, Cubs, Giants and Marlins have parted ways with their managers. Over the past couple of years Collins has interviewed with other teams although his name hasn't been mentioned for any of these jobs.

Collins is certainly an experienced man on the field. He was the manager of the Astros from 1994 through 1996 and the Angels from 1997 through 1999. Before that he managed eight years in the Dodgers system . He returned to the Dodgers in his present post in 2002 after having served two years as the third base coach with Tampa Bay and a year as an advance scout for the Cubs.

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