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The Mets have started conducting their managerial interviews. Here is a look at the names that are in the mix...
The 50-year-old Long, who expressed his interest in the job to Alderson, does not have any big league managerial experience. He was the hitting coach for the Yankees from 2007 to 2014, before taking the same role with the Mets prior to the 2015 season. He is returning to the Mets in 2018, but it isn't yet known what his role will be.
Cora, 41, played for the Mets from 2009 to 2010. He has no managerial experience, and his coaching career began this season. Astros manager A.J. Hinch recently spoke glowingly of Cora recently. "His relatability skills to players, his baseball intellect (are) all impressive, and his transition to coaching has gone well," Hinch said. "I think his name will always be in the middle of the conversation until the right fit is found. But he will manage. Without a doubt in my mind."
McEwing, who played for the Mets from 2000 to 2004, has been with the White Sox since 2012. After retiring in 2006, McEwing became the hitting coach for the Charlotte Knights in 2008. In 2009, he became manager of the White Sox' A-ball affiliate, the Winston-Salem Dash, and was named Manager of the Year. According to Puma, McEwing remains close with Mets captain David Wright. The 44-year-old McEwing is a fan of the sacrifice bunt.
The 42-year-old Callaway became the Indians' pitching coach in 2013 in what was his first major league coaching job. Before moving into that role, he was the team's minor league coordinator. "Mickey has been beyond his years or beyond his experience," Indians manager Terry Francona said last year, according to MLB.com. "He's so good. I mean, the game doesn't go too fast for him. You look over at him in the dugout, and he's got a great demeanor. I think if Mickey wants to manage, I think it's just whenever."
Manny Acta, Mariners third base coach
Acta, 48, is currently the third base coach for the Mariners. He is 372-518 in six seasons as a manager. He managed the Nationals from 2007 to 2009 before he was fired midway through the season. He managed the Indians from 2010 to 2012, before being fired with six games left in the 2012 season. Acta served as Willie Randolph's third base coach with the Mets from 2005 to 2006.