There's been plenty of talk in recent days about potential "mystery candidates" for the Mets managerial job, and now it seems has if one of those names has come to light.
According to Dennis Lin of The Athletic, Padres first base coach Skip Schumaker interviewed for the Mets job on Monday.
Schumaker has been the Padres first base coach since 2018, and Lin has noted that with the Padres searching for a new manager themselves, coaching turnover in the organization is expected.
Schumaker does not have any managerial experience, but he made his move into coaching at MLB level immediately after retiring as a player in 2017. He played most of his 11-year big league career with the Cardinals as an outfielder and second baseman from 2005-12. He then spent one year with the Dodgers and two more with the Reds before calling it a career.
A career .278 hitter, the 39-year old scored 416 runs and drove in during his playing days. The Torrance, Calif. native helped the Cardinals capture a World Series title in 2011. He drove in the only run of the Cardinals Game 5 winner-take-all game against the Phillies in the NLDS, doubling off of Roy Halladay in the first inning behind a Chris Carpenter three-hit shutout.
Schumaker joins Carlos Beltran as candidates with MLB experience as a player, but not as a manager.