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Curtis Granderson

Collins, Gibbons among 4 managers making playoff debuts

Late in the season, as the New York Mets closed in on their NL East championship, one opponent after another sat in the visitors' dugout at Citi Field and commended manager Terry Collins. "Real happy for T.C.," was the sentiment echoed by Atlanta skipper Fredi Gonzalez and others. The popular Collins, at 66 the oldest manager in the majors and the consummate baseball lifer, is about to make his playoff managerial debut. He's one of four bench bosses who reached the postseason for the first time this year — each the fulfillment of a unique journey. "It means a lot to me," Collins said late last week. "We sat up here and we told our fan base and...