The Mets reportedly started interviewing candidates last week to be their new manager.
According to multiple reports, Alex Cora, Bob Geren, Chip Hale, Manny Acta, Kevin Long, Joe McEwing, Sandy Alomar Jr., and Mickey Callway are all on Sandy Alderson's list of candidates, with first round interviews expected to be finished by the end of this week.
Here's where things stand...
The Mets have already interviewed current hitting coach Kevin Long (Newsday, Oct. 13).
The Mets will interview Mariners third base coach Manny Acta later this week (ESPN, Oct. 16).
The Mets were very interested in former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (Gammons, Oct. 14), who declined to be interviewed (Heyman, Oct. 16) and who has interviewed with the Red Sox. They are expected to talk with Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway (Rosenthal, Oct. 12), but no subsequent reports indicate that an interview has been arranged.
The Red Sox, Phillies, and Tigers are also looking for a new manager. Boston will will likely be viewed as the most attractive job opening, followed in order by the Phillies, Mets, and Tigers, one AL executive told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.
The four teams all have a list of candidates, but there is reported mutual interest in five men, particularly Cora and Ausmus...
According to published reports, in addition to the Mets...
- Cora is also being pursued by the Tigers, Red Sox, and Phillies.
- Ausmus is being pursued by the Red Sox and Phillies.
- Callaway has been connected to the Phillies.
- McEwing is also being pursued by the Tigers.
- Geren is also being considered by the Red Sox.
Joe Girardi's four-year contract with the Yankees will expire at the end of this season. If he is let go or chooses to makes himself available, multiple reports indicate the Mets and Red Sox will have significant interest in interviewing him.
Other things to know...
Because they're currently coaching with teams that are still playing in the postseason, Cora, Callaway, Alomar, and Geren will need to be interviewed on off-days or between playoff rounds.
The Mets are not interested in former Red Sox manager John Farrell, according to multiple reports. Also, Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo is no longer being considered, (NY Post, Oct. 9), despite reports he had been on Alderson's initial list of candidates.