After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest on candidate Eduardo Perez...
Oct. 23, 6:49 PM:
On the set of ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" with Karl Ravech and Mark Teixeira before the World Series Game 2 between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park, Eduardo Perez was inevitably asked about his second interview with the Mets.
Perez earlier Wednesday told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that he did not want to publicly discuss his second interview with the Mets, and the ESPN analyst echoed those sentiments when Ravech inquired during the broadcast.
"I think the Mets are going to take their time," Perez said. "They have to get it right. They know that. I respect that. There's still a lot of guys to be interviewed. So the process, so far, has been really neat for me to go by. I think it's going to be a great experience for the rest of the guys that go through it."
Perez is reportedly one of the Mets' five candidates to either already receive a second-round interview or have one scheduled. The others are believed to be Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, Luis Rojas and Derek Shelton.
Oct. 20, 8:06 PM:
As the Mets start their second round of interviews for the managerial opening, they will give one to Eduardo Perez, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. Ken Rosenthal of MLB on FOX and The Athletic first reported the news.
Rosenthal's update added that the Mets plan to conduct a second interview with Carlos Beltran as well, an earlier development Martino reported earlier Saturday.
Oct. 16, 5:48 PM:
Eduardo Perez was a guest on MLB Network Radio's "The Leadoff Spot" on Wednesday. While he couldn't get into specifics of how his interview with the team went, the current ESPN analyst said he was "honored" to receive an interview.
"Well I can tell you that it was an honor, first of all, that they brought me in, and it was a great experience, and I'm humbled by it," Perez said. "I really am.
"It went well, but we'll see what happens. They have a lot of really good candidates and we just have to wait and find out what they decide on, but it was a complete honor to be called upon."
SNY's Andy Martino reported on Tuesday that Perez, along with Carlos Beltran and Joe Girardi, is a serious candidate for the job.
Martino also previously reported that Perez was in New York on Monday for what is his second interview with the team.
Perez, who has asked Yankees manager Aaron Boone for advice about the interview process, had his first interview over the phone.
The 50-year-old played for seven different teams during his major league career from 1993 to 2006.
Since retiring, Perez has managed in Puerto Rico (where he was named 2008 Manager of the Year), managed Colombia in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, served as hitting coach for the Marlins (2011-12), and as bench coach for the Astros (2013).