November 05, 2010
The new GM of the New York Mets, Sandy Alderson, is planning several interviews for the club's managerial job. The New York Post reports that Alderson could be talking to as many as 10 or 12 possible candidates.
He started Thursday with two who were on the Mets payroll last season: former Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, who worked as a scout for the Mets last season, and Mets bench coach Dave Jauss.
Other in-house candidates on the list, according to the Post, are former Mets second baseman Wally Backman, who led the team's Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones to the New York-Penn League championships last year; third-base coach Chip Hale; and minor league field coordinator Terry Collins. All three will meet with Alderson as he takes a West Coast trip this weekend.
The Post notes that Mets' Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell has not been contacted yet about an interview but will likely be this weekend.
Out-of-house candidates haven't been contacted yet, the paper reports, which leaves former Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle in a bind. He is one of the final two candidates for the Pittsburgh Pirates managerial opening and sources tell the paper that he "would like to know if he is a candidate for the Mets job before he faces a potential decision on the Pittsburgh opening."