ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ The Anaheim Angels, who have been battling the Texas Rangers for first place in the AL West most of the season, extended the contract of manager Terry Collins through the 1999 season on Monday.
Collins, 49, is in his second season as manager of the Angels. He signed a two-year contract plus an option with the Angels on Nov. 4, 1996. Monday’s signing extends the guarantee of the existing contract.
``We feel this is an important step for our ballclub at this point,″ Angels general manager Bill Bavasi said. ``Terry has the full support of Michael Eisner, Sandy Litvack, Tony Tavares, myself and everyone within this organization.
``Dedication, enthusiasm, intensity and hard work should be just acknowledged. We feel we have accomplished that today.″
Anaheim had a 58-52 record entering Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians. The Angels were 84-78 under Collins last season.
Originally a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Collins began his big-league managerial career with the Houston Astros in 1994. Collins managed the Astros for three years, and his teams were 224-197 with three straight second-place finishes in the NL Central Division.