With the Mets managerial search well underway, another candidate has been thrown into the mix in Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
Bogar adds to the list of highly experienced candidates for the job, based on his track record coaching in the minor leagues and Majors. His managerial career began with the Greeneville Astros back in 2004 in the Appalachian League, and he worked his way up.
From there, Bogar would manage in low Class-A with the Lexington Legends in 2005, and would move on to the Akron Aeros in 2006 -- the Indians Double-A affiliate.
Bogar made the switch to the MLB in 2008, working alongisde Joe Maddon with the Rays as a coaching assistant. Once again, he rose the ranks. The Red Sox would steal him away following that '08 season to become their first base coach, and he would stay in Boston through the 2012 season where he became the bench coach for Bobby Valentine.
Bogar's time as a bench coach continued in 2013, when the Rangers decided to bring him in under Ron Washington. And in 2014, Bogar actually finished out the season when Washington had a surprise resignation. Texas would go 14-8 in that span.
But it hasn't just been coaching for Bogar. Following that 2014 season, he moved into a special assistant to the general manager role with the Angels. He worked with Jerry Dipoto, who was a Mets teammate of his during his time with the club playing (we'll get to that in just a bit). When Dipoto left to take a job with the Mariners as their GM, Bogar would follow him as well.
And finally, Bogar joined the Nationals staff in 2017 after being let go from Seattle. He's served in his same role ever since.
So not only is all that experience on Bogar's side, but he has Mets ties dating back to his playing days in the league. Bogar was drafted in the eighth round of the 1987 Draft by the Mets, where he would play four Major League seasons. He hit .242/.297/.328 with six homers and 57 RBI over 297 career games as a utility infielder.
His resume is pretty stacked, making Bogar another candidate worth looking at for the Mets vacancy.