After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest...
Nov. 1, 3:20 PM:
Carlos Beltran has told the Mets that his ideal bench coach would be former manager Terry Collins, SNY's Andy Martino reported Friday. However, that is not something that is guaranteed to happen.
Martino reported earlier Friday that Beltran's managerial candidacy was gaining "late momentum," before a source confirmed that the Mets planned to hire him.
When Beltran interviewed for the Yankees manager job in 2017, he made the same request regarding Collins as his potential bench coach. That manager job eventually went to Aaron Boone.
Nov. 1, 12:06 PM:
Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy has been eliminated from contention for Mets manager, reports Jon Heyman. Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar was eliminated from contention on Thursday night, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
That leaves Eduardo Perez, Carlos Betlran, and Derek Shelton among the known finalists for the job.
Perez and Beltran have been serious candidates throughout the process, SNY's Andy Martino reported, adding that Perez had seemed to have an edge and noting that it's not uncommon for teams to keep a few candidates in the process while negotiations are ongoing.
Oct. 31, 10:30 PM:
Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar has been eliminated from contention by the Mets as a managerial candidate, according to a report from
Sherman reported on Wednesday that Bogar was the only finalist for the job that had yet to have his third-round interview with the team. SNY's Andy Martino noted on Thursday that Bogar, along with Eduardo Perez, had made a good impression with the team, and was considered by some involved with the search as a frontrunner for the job.
Sherman, who had previously reported that Bogar would meet with the Mets again this week, noted that with him now seemingly out of the mix, Perez, Carlos Beltran, Pat Murphy, and Derek Shelton have now all had their chances of becoming the next Mets manager raised.
Oct. 30, 9:05 PM:
According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar is the only finalist remaining in the Mets' managerial search who is yet to have his third-round interview with the team.
This makes sense, of course, with the Nationals going head-to-head with the Astros in the World Series. Sherman notes that Bogar will meet with the Mets again by the end of the week.
Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, and Derek Shelton have all had their third interviews with the club, per Sherman, which primarily consist of meeting with Mets ownership. SNY's Andy Martino had previously reported that trio would all be receiving third-round interviews this week.
Oct. 29, 8:59 AM:
Tony DeFrancesco has interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening and could still be in the mix, reports SNY's Andy Martino.
DeFrancesco has been the Mets' Triple-A manager since 2018 -- in Las Vegas in 2018 and in Syracuse in 2019 after the team relocated.
In 2012, DeFrancesco had a stint as the Astros' interim manager, going 16-25 during a season where the Astros finished 55-107.
The 56-year-old DeFrancesco started his managing career in 1994 and has also coached in the majors (with the Athletics as third base coach in 2010). He was the manager for Triple-A Fresno from 2015 to 2017 (in the Astros' farm system) and won the Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year award in 2015.
Oct. 28, 4:10 PM:
Derek Shelton will be getting a third interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Along with Shelton, Tim Bogar, Eduardo Perez, and Carlos Beltran are also receiving third interviews, SNY's Andy Martino has reported, with Martino noting that there are "likely more" candidates interviewing a third time.
Oct. 27, 5:10 PM:
According to SNY's Andy Martino, Pat Murphy is not the only "mystery candidate" in the mix.
Murphy, currently serving as the Brewers' bench coach, has had multiple interviews with the Mets, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Oct. 27, 2:31 PM:
The Mets' third round of managerial interviews will begin this week, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who notes that Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, and Carlos Beltran are among those getting another interview.
However, the above names aren't the only ones being asked back for a third round, according to Martino.
Oct. 25, 2:08 PM:
Tim Bogar has become a strong contender to become the Mets' next manager, SNY's Andy Martino reported.
According to Martino, finalists have been meeting this week with Mets ownership -- an indication that the process will wrap up soon.
While Bogar is said to have interviewed well, Carlos Beltran and Eduardo Perez "have backers in the Mets organization" and remain in the running for the job.
The 52-year-old Bogar, currently serving as the Nationals' first base coach, had his second interview with the Mets on Thursday.
Oct. 25, 1:34 PM:
Astros manager A.J. Hinch is "definitely not in mix" for Mets manager "on any level," SNY's Andy Martino reported.
If the Mets tried to pry Hinch -- who is close to GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- away from the Astros, they would have to trade for him since he is under contract.
Oct. 23, 8:04 PM:
It doesn't sound like the Mets are in much of a rush when it comes to naming their next manager.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets may look to bring back two or three finalists for another round of interviews.
Derek Shelton, Luis Rojas, Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez all received second round interviews with the club.
MLB.com's Anthony DiComo has reported that the Mets are 'not particularly close' to naming a manager, and that the process could extend well beyond this week.
Oct. 21, 3:48 PM:
Derek Shelton will be receiving a second interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
According to Sherman, Skip Schumaker and Mike Bell will not be receiving second interviews.
In addition to Shelton, Luis Rojas, Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez have also made it to the second round of the process.
Girardi is having his second interview with the Mets on Tuesday, with Perez and Bogar having theirs on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. Beltran's interview will likely be on Friday, according to Martino.
According to Martino, there remains a high level of mystery and intrigue in the process, including a potential "bombshell candidate" yet to emerge.
Oct. 21, 8:09 AM:
The fifth candidate to receive a second interview for Mets manager will be Luis Rojas, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
Rojas, 38, worked as the Mets' quality control coach in 2019 and has been working in the organization since 2007.
Oct. 20, 10:09 PM:
Among the four finalists reportedly set to advance in the Mets' managerial search, one interview will be conducted this week.
The fourth finalist, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of MLB on FOX and The Athletic, is Tim Bogar.
And according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Bogar will meet with the Mets for his second-round interview on Thursday.
Oct. 20, 9:58 PM:
The Mets have reportedly zeroed in on four finalists.
According to Ken Rosenthal of MLB on FOX and The Athletic, only a handful of the previously reported candidates will be considered going forward.
Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez and Tim Bogar are still in the running to become the next Mets manager, Rosenthal reported.
Oct. 19, 7:24 PM:
The Mets will begin their second round interviews next week, per SNY Insider Andy Martino.
Martino also noted that a decision by the end of the month is still a possibility, though the Mets are still doing some digging into names that have not surfaced yet.
To this point, the known candidates are Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, Luis Rojas, Mike Bell, Derek Shelton, and Skip Schumaker.
Oct. 18, 3:27 PM:
Skip Schumaker, currently serving as first base coach for the Padres, interviewed with the Mets on Friday, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Schumaker, 39, retired after the 2017 season after an 11-year career with the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Reds.
He has been the Padres' first base coach since 2018.
Oct. 18, 2:10 PM:
Nationals bench coach Tim Bogar will get an in-person interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
With the Nationals off until the World Series begins on Oct. 22, it's possible Bogar's interview will take place within the next few days.
Oct. 18, 12:33 PM:
"There is word of at least one more mystery candidate" for Mets manager, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Friday, adding that a "surprise" hire is more than possible.
Martino added that the first round of interviews is winding down, but that the team is being extremely covert about the process.
The known candidates are Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, Luis Rojas, Mike Bell, and Derek Shelton.
Oct. 17, 1:10 PM:
Joe Girardi's interview with the Mets has already taken place, reports SNY's Andy Martino.
Meanwhile, Girardi, Buck Showalter, and Dusty Baker will all have second interviews with the Phillies for their manager job, reports Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Breen -- who reports that Girardi and Showalter are viewed as the favorites -- added that the three above candidates are believed to be the only candidates for the Phillies job, with the process expected to wrap up on Monday and a resolution expected soon after.
Oct. 16, 6:40 PM:
Add another name into the mix for the Mets' next manager.
According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar is another name to keep an eye on for the Mets job. A member of the Nats coaching staff for the past two seasons, Bogar also has coaching experience with the Rangers, Red Sox, and Rays. In 2014, he was the Rangers interim manager for 22 games, coaching the team to a 14-8 record.
In 2015, he moved into the Angels front office as a special assistant to GM Jerry Dipoto, and he was named the Mariners GM prior to the 2016 campaign, where he remained for two seasons.
Bogar does have minor league managerial experience, and he was also a player for the Mets for 1993-96. In 297 games with the Mets, he hit .242 with six home runs and 57 RBI.
Oct. 16, 3:19 PM:
Joe Girardi has stepped down as the manager for USA Baseball -- the team he was supposed to manage beginning on Nov. 2 in advance of the 2020 Olympics.
"Joe Girardi, who was named the manager of Team USA in August, has stepped down from his role with Team USA as he pursues open managerial opportunities in Major League Baseball," USA Baseball said Wednesday in a press release.
Luis Rojas, another Mets managerial candidate, is still scheduled to manage the Dominican Republic team in the lead up to 2020.
Oct. 15, 4:12 PM:
Some sources see Mike Bell as a dark horse candidate to become the Mets' manager because of a strong relationship with GM Brodie Van Wagenen, SNY's Andy Martino reported.
Martino also spoke with Aaron Boone, who said he viewed Eduardo Perez as a "great candidate."
Oct. 15, 10:39 AM:
Joe Girardi's interview with the Mets is happening soon, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Tuesday, adding that Eduardo Perez and Carlos Beltran are other serious candidates for the job.
According to Martino, there is "heat" around the trio of Girardi, Perez, and Beltran.
Oct. 14, 3:28 PM:
Eduardo Perez is in New York on Monday for what is his second interview for the Mets' vacant managerial job, SNY's Andy Martino reported.
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 Perez played for seven different teams during his major league career from 1993 to 2006. He also played one year in Japan -- with Hanshin in 2001.
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).
Perez is currently an analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM.
He joins Carlos Beltran (who interviewed last week), Joe Girardi, Luis Rojas, Mike Bell, and Derek Shelton as candidates who will or have been interviewed.
Oct. 13, 6:57 PM:
Carlos Beltran spoke with the media Saturday for the first time since the Mets interviewed him Thursday, as SNY's Andy Martino reported.
While Beltran did not confirm that he interviewed, sources told Martino that his interview with the Mets "went well."
Also, Beltran said, the Mets are the only team he is considering to become a manager for, according to Nathalie Alonso of MLB's Spanish site, LasMayores.
Beltran declined managerial interviews with the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres, solely prioritizing the Mets.
Oct. 13, 3:51 PM:
The Phillies had just fired Gabe Kapler last week, and they're already starting their interview process. And a certain interviewee just so happens to be someone on the Mets list as well.
Joe Girardi is reportedly interviewing with Philadelphia in the New York area on Monday, per NBC Sports' Jim Salisbury. Buck Showalter is also expected to interview on Monday, while Dusty Baker will interview later this week.
The Mets also have Girardi reportedly set for an interview this week, while already having Carlos Beltran in last Thursday. It will be a fight for these NL East rivals to see who gets the right manager.
Oct. 11, 8:33 PM:
The Mets in-person interviews have begun.
According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, the team interviewed Carlos Beltran on Thursday, per a source.
Beltran has previously said that he'd "have to listen" if the Mets came calling, and now he is apparently the first candidate to interview in person with the team. He currently works as a special advisor to Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
Martino also notes that GM Brodie Van Wagenen has been conducting preliminary telephone interviews with other candidates.
Oct. 11, 12:52 PM:
Gibbons compiled a 793-789 record in parts of 11 seasons as the Blue Jays manager, split across two separate stints in the Toronto dugout. The Blue Jays let him go following the 2018 season. He also had a brief major league career as a player, appearing in 18 games for the Mets, including eight during the 1986 championship season.
Oct. 10, 10:27 PM:
According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, Joe Girardi is set to interview with the Mets next week.
The former Yankees and Marlins manager has already interviewed with the Cubs.
Martino has previously reported that Girardi wants to manage again, and will consider the Mets' opening. Girardi said on WFAN Tuesday "Again, I hope I get an opportunity to do it again. ...I'll be in New York next week doing studio work, and we'll see what happens."
Oct. 10, 12:54 PM:
The Mets will have Twins bench coach Derek Shelton for an in-person interview for their vacant manager role, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. He joins Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran and Mike Bell in that category of the interview process.
The news was first reported by Joel Sherman of the NY Post, who notes the Pirates may also be looking into Shelton for their managerial search.
Shelton has served as the Twins bench coach for the past two seasons, including the Twins 101-win campaign in 2019 with Rocco Baldelli at the helm. Before his time with the Twins, he spent one season as the Blue Jays quality control coach. He also served as the Indians hitting coach for five seasons and the Rays hitting coach for one year.
Shelton managed in the Yankees minor league system for three seasons in the early 2000s.
Oct. 9, 3:03 PM:
The Mets are ramping up their interview process for the managerial job, and that will begin with some phone interviews. However, there are some in-person interviews already set in place.
SNY's Andy Martino confirmed that Carlos Beltran will be getting one of those interviews, which many expected. Though it came out that Beltran didn't want to get into managing, he quickly debunked that claim saying "you'd have to listen." He currently works as a special advisor to Yankees GM Brian Cashman.
Other than Beltran, Joe Girardi is another given in the in-person interview column. But Mike Bell, the younger brother of Reds manager David Bell, is also expected to get an in-person interview, says The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. He currently works as the Diamondbacks minor league director, but has interviewed for the Rangers and Orioles' manager jobs last season.