After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest on candidate Joe Girardi...


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 BellDerek 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 SalisburyBuck 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:

The Mets have had internal discussions regarding John Gibbons, though the team has yet to contact him, according to SNY's Andy Martino

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. 

Oct. 9, 12:46 PM:

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Mets will be conducting phone interviews to narrow down their manager search before conducting in-person interviews. However, one sure-fire interview that will be in-person will be Joe Girardi

SNY's Andy Martino has reported that Girardi wants to manage again, and will consider the Mets' opening. Girardi confirmed that want to get back in the manager's seat on WFAN Tuesday when he said, "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."

Girardi has the experience at the job as well as his tenure in New York going for him. It's why he's a top candidate and should skip through those phone interviews straight to the in-person meetings with Mets brass.

Oct. 8, 11:24 PM:

Joe Girardi was a guest on Mike Francesa's WFAN show on Tuesday, and while the former Yankees and Marlins manager couldn't confirm or deny whether he's interviewed with any teams yet, he did speak about wanting to manage again for a big league club.

"Well I can't really say anything at this point, but if there is news, I will make sure that you," Girardi said. "Again, I hope I get an opportunity to do it again. I'm really enjoying my broadcasts. … I'll be in New York next week doing studio work, and we'll see what happens. 

"I can't tell you if I have or haven't (interviewed yet) but I expect there to be some."  

SNY's Andy Martino has previously reported that Girardi wants to manage again and would be interested in the Mets job.

Oct. 6, 6:43 PM:

Prior to Game 2 of the Yankees and Twins ALDS meeting, Carlos Beltran explained his thoughts on moving into a managerial role with a club in 2020. Currently an advisor for the Yankees, Beltran discussed the Mets, specficially, via MLB.com

"You'd have to listen," Beltran said in regard to a call coming from the Mets about the opening.

Continuing, Beltran also reflected on his time with the Mets in a positive light. 

"I can't say my time with the Mets was bad," Beltran said. "I played seven years with the New York Mets. If I were to get into the Hall of Fame, I have to consider the Mets as the team [for the plaque]. … I had my best years with the New York Mets."

SNY's Andy Martino previously mentioned Beltran as a candidate to fill the team's vacant position. While a person familiar with Beltran's situation told Martino there was "no chance" he'll manage the Mets or anyone else right now, Martino later reported that Beltran is still in play for the Mets gig. 

Oct. 6, 12:05 PM:

During the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday night, Joe Girardi was asked if he's done any research on Pete Alonso and the Mets.

"I have a little bit," Girardi said. "He's a pretty good player... I did a bunch of the Mets' games this year."

He was then asked if Alonso will be batting second for him next year, and mentioned how he's planning on working the rest of the ALDS broadcast.

"I'm taking the fifth, I'm a broadcaster right now," Girardi said.

Oct. 5, 10:57 AM:

Two of the more notable names surrounding the Mets' managerial search are Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter, both of whom have prior experience managing in New York. SNY's Andy Martino reports that, of the two, Girardi is more likely to get an interview than Showalter, though both remain interested.

Martino also indicated that Showalter, like Girardi, is doing his homework on the organization.

Oct. 4, 10:29 PM:

According to a report from Mike Puma of the New York Post, former Yankees manager Joe Girardi has done some digging into the Mets in recent weeks.

The report mentions that Girardi wants to get back into managing after his time away from the game, but it has to be the correct fit.

"Joe doesn't have to work, but Joe wants to work," a former colleague of Girardi's told The Post. "But he's not just going to take anything, he wants to go where it's the right fit for him. Is that the Mets? I don't think he will know unless he interviews with them.

"He's got to be able to mesh with the front office. I am sure Joe is going to say, 'If I take this job it has to be this way.'"

SNY's Andy Martino has previously reported that Girardi wants to manage again and would be interested in the Mets job.

Oct. 4, 9:48 AM:

Asked Thursday night if he would like to be considered for the Mets' open managerial job, Buck Showalter said yes.

"Yeah, I'd like to be talked (to) about it," Showalter said Thursday night during an appearance on WFAN with Steve Somers. "But I'm not going to campaign about it, and I'm real uncomfortable even talking about it with you now because there's a lot of good people out there and they're going to make a good decision. They'll have reasons why and why not, and I respect that."

Much more interesting than Showalter being open to the job, though, was his in-depth answer about being open to collaboration with the front office -- something he said has been commonplace for decades.

"It's always been that way. (Former Yankees executive) Gene Michael and I used to sit down and talk about the lineup every night," Showalter explained. "John Hart and I used to sit down and bang it around. You bang it around with your coaches. I would welcome that. I'd like to think that we have good reasons for the things that we do. The best organizations are the ones that are able to bridge all the departments and they're pulling on the same rope and having respect for what boots on the ground people bring, and what people upstairs (are doing). And they're constantly feeling comfortable to make you aware of things you may not be aware of."

Showalter added that the main crux of the manager's job is to run the clubhouse and create process and atmosphere.

"There's just too many things going on to feel like you've got all the answers every day," he said.

Oct. 3, 11:02 PM:

SNY's Andy Martino reported that the Mets have had internal discussions about Dusty Baker as the team's potential next manager.

Baker, who most recently managed the Nationals in 2016-17, would certainly fit the bill as an experienced manager at the big league level, as he has 22 years of managerial experience under his belt. He's compiled a career record of 1,863-1,636.

Martino also noted that Joe Girardi is still in play, as is Carlos Beltran, despite a person close to Beltran saying there's 'no chance' he manages the Mets or anyone else. 

Oct. 3, 7:56 PM:

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Joe McEwing was a finalist for the Mets' managing job when Mickey Callaway was hired and made a strong impression on Mets COO Jeff Wilpon.

Puma also notes that McEwing's candidacy this time around could be backed by David Wright, now an advisor to GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

McEwing, who played five seasons as a utility player with the Mets in the early 2000s, is currently the White Sox bench coach.

Oct. 3, 6:42 PM:

According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, a person who knows Carlos Beltran well says there's "no chance" that the former outfielder manages the Mets or likely anyone else right now. 

Oct. 3, 4:44 PM:

Carlos Beltran has turned down the chance to interview with the Padres to be their next manager, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

On Monday, SNY's Andy Martino listed Beltran as a potential Mets candidate, noting that Beltran "is a sharp guy learning the management side of things" but that he didn't leave the Mets on great terms. 

Oct. 3, 3:06 PM:

David Cone told Jack Curry of YES that he would be interested in the Mets job.

"It's not an interview I would turn down," Cone said

Cone, currently working as a commentator for YES, does not have any managerial experience.

SNY's Andy Martino noted earlier this week that Cone is "deeply conversant in analytics, and an affable communicator."

Oct. 3, 1:03 PM:

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Thursday after relieving Callaway of his managerial duties that the team already has an "expansive" list of candidates.

As far as what the Mets are looking for in a new manager, Van Wagenen cited "strong leadership and someone who is able to continue to collaborate and take some of the available resources," while noting that they will be interested in candidates who have experience at the major league level and/or minor league level, but will also be open to "outside the box" candidates.

Oct.2, 12:18 PM:

Joe Girardi said Wednesday during an appearance on 670 The Score in Chicago that "any job out there is going to interest me, because I want to manage again," adding that he has "a lot of ties to Chicago."

SNY's Andy Martino reported on Monday that Girardi wants to manage again and would be interested in the Mets job.

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After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest on candidate Carlos Beltran...


Oct. 19, 11:50 AM

SNY's Andy Martino reports that Carlos Beltran is said to be getting a second in-person interview with the team. He would be the first person to be brought back after the first round of interviews. He's also said to have a pair of front office people in his corner in Omar Minaya and Allard Baird. Beltran was one of Minaya's first offseason signings when he became the team's general manager prior to the 2005 season.

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Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.
Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.

The Mets have traded lots of potential impact prospects over the last year, and the team has gone about re-stocking its farm system, which included having a very aggressive MLB Draft this past June.

Here's how the Mets' Top 20 prospects rank in advance of the 2020 season...

1. SS Ronny Mauricio (ETA 2022)

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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.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia walked off the mound Thursday night for what was in all likelihood the final time after departing with a left shoulder injury. 

Throughout the night, praise poured in on social media from across the baseball world as former teammates, opponents and managers paid respect to the left-hander, who won 251 games in his MLB career. 

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After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest on candidate Joe Girardi...


Oct. 18, 4:16 PM:

The Phillies "seem more likely for Girardi still than (the) Mets," SNY's Andy Martino reported on Friday.

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Feb 22, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Washington Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar (24) poses for a portrait at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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. 

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SNY.tv looks back at Robin Ventura's Grand Slam single through the eyes of people who were at Shea Stadium that night.

It was on this date 20 years ago that Mets fans will always remember what Robin Ventura did at Shea Stadium to keep the NLCS against the Braves alive. 

The bases were loaded in the bottom of the 15th inning with one out. All Ventura needed to do is hit a ball into the outfield and the Mets were moving on. But he did much more than that. 

Ventura sent the ball over the right field wall for a grand slam...well, until Todd Pratt picked him up halfway to second base. It was forever called the "grand slam single," and here is a quick mini-doc on that night...

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The Mets will not be renewing the contract of Edgardo Alfonzo, who managed the Short-Season A-ball Brooklyn Cyclones to the New York Penn League championship in 2019, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. 

Alfonzo will remain with the team as a club ambassador, according to Martino.

The 45-year-old Alfonzo had been working for the Cyclones since 2014, when he was their bench coach -- a role that he held until 2016.

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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

It's easy to scapegoat Edwin Diaz for the Mets missing the postseason by just four games in 2019.

However, high-leverage relievers not named Mariano Rivera have a long history of up-and-down seasons, which is exactly why Diaz should be on next year's roster.

Things change and so can Diaz -- and he doesn't have to go far to get there...

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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) fields a ground ball in the second inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Playing the 2019 minor league season as one of the youngest players in Double-A, Mets infield prospect Andres Gimenez underwhelmed, hitting just .250/.309/.387 in 117 games. His play in the Arizona Fall League has been a different story.

Now 21 years old (his birthday was Sept. 4), Gimenez is hitting his stride. 

Shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most promising prospects in baseball, Gimenez has been one of the best hitters in the AFL, slashing .352/.407/.556 with four doubles, two triples, one homer and two stolen bases in 14 games (54 at-bats).

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Eduardo Perez
Eduardo Perez

After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest on candidate Eduardo Perez...


Oct. 16, 5:48 PM:

Eduardo Perez was a guest on MLB Network Radio's "The Leadoff Spot" 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.

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Dominic Smith
Dominic Smith

Mets 1B Dominic Smith has gone from top prospect to major-league question in less than 18 months.

Entering 2017, the then-21-year-old Smith was ranked the organization's second-best prospect and the top first base prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com.

However, the emergence of Pete Alonso in Triple-A in 2018 pushed aside Smith, who ended that season hitting just .224/.255/.420 while striking out in 23 percent of his at-bats. With Smith having struggled and Alonso having surged, Smith was asked to learn left field before the 2019 season. 

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The year was 1983 and Eduardo Perez, who seems to be emerging as a serious candidate for the Mets' managerial job, was spending most of his summer at Veterans Stadium where his dad, Hall of Famer Tony Perez, was playing with the Phillies, reunited with former Big Red Machine teammates Pete Rose and Joe Morgan

The way Eduardo has told the story to friends, he was always hanging around the dugout, even during games, when one day Rose called him over to sit beside him and said, "If you're going to be here every day you're going to learn something about this game."

And from there Rose made a point of tutoring young Eduardo, teaching him how to de-code the opposing team's signs, how to look for the various ways that pitchers can unknowingly tip pitches and how to pick up a pitcher's patterns that can tell a hitter what to expect at crucial moments in a game. 

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Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, former Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is among the list of six current and former Angels to be interviewed in the Tyler Skaggs investigation. 

Four of the six pitchers who were interviewed by federal agents were identified. The list includes Harvey, Andrew Heaney, Noe Ramirez, and Trevor Cahill. 

The report notes that people familiar with the interviews said the players involved were not targeted for any specific reason and are not suspected of opiate usage, not have they been implicated in any crimes. 

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After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest on candidate Derek Shelton...


Oct. 15, 10:48 PM:

According to a report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Derek Shelton will interview with both the Mets and Pirates this week. 

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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone watches the game from the dugout against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. (Erik Williams/USA TODAY Sports)

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Eduardo Perez is a popular broadcaster with a famous baseball father, and he is now interviewing for a managerial opening in New York.

Sound like anyone else you know?

"Yeah, it's very similar [to me]," Yankees skipper Aaron Boone told SNY. "He grew up in the game, too."

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J.D. Davis
J.D. Davis

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J.D. Davis emerged as one of the most intriguing Mets this past season, a Brodie Van Wagenen success story who had a knack for big hits, a glittering stat line and a catchy nickname: "Just Dingers."

But while Davis mashed enough that the Mets must find a regular lineup spot for him, there is some uncertainty around the 26-year-old slugger this offseason. That means he could be one of the most intriguing Mets of the winter, too.

Is Davis the club's starting left fielder in 2020? What about all those other outfielders on the roster? Perhaps he could start at third base, his regular position in the minors. One former Met believes if Davis were given that job before spring training, the confidence boost would help him handle the position defensively.

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Alex Rodriguez at Mets spring training. (Matthew Cerrone/SNY)
Alex Rodriguez at Mets spring training. (Matthew Cerrone/SNY)

ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" reportedly could have changes coming on the horizon.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, ESPN is considering scrapping its current broadcast crew as it examines other potential personalities in the booth for MLB's 2020 season.

While Alex Rodriguez is safe no matter what with one more year left on his contract, he could have new teammates alongside him when the program returns next spring.

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Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine joins the gang at BNNY to talk lineups, analytics and managing in New York

As he prepared to interview for the Mets' managerial vacancy, popular former player and broadcaster Eduardo Perez has sought advice from a person who made the same transition, according to major league sources: Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

Pérez has been on Brodie Van Wagenen's radar for at least several months, according to sources. A highly respected former player, he has showcased his knowledge of the contemporary game as an analyst on ESPN's occasional Statcast broadcasts.

He is also a colleague at that network of Mets advisor Jessica Mendoza.

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here are the key 2019 MLB offseason dates, and how they impact the Mets...


Day after World Series ends: Free agency begins

The Mets should be returning most of the 86-win team that fell three games short of a playoff spot in 2019. However, they need massive improvements in the bullpen and will also likely need to find a starting pitcher to replace Zack Wheeler, who is expected to depart via free agency. 

Among the biggest names expected to hit the free agent market: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Marcell Ozuna, Dellin Betances, and Will Smith

The Mets' notable free agents are Wheeler, Todd Frazier, and Juan Lagares (whose contract is expected to be bought out for $500,000).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest on candidate Mike Bell...


Oct. 14, 7:55 PM:

Bell interviewed for the Mets' manager position Monday, as first reported by MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Bell wasn't the only one to interview for the manager position Monday, as Eduardo Perez met with the team as well, as reported by SNY Insider Andy Martino.The Mets have already interviewed Carlos Beltran, and Tim Healy of Newsday reported Monday that they've already interviewed Luis Rojas, as well.

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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason, with Noah Syndergaard, Michael ConfortoEdwin Diaz ,and Marcus Stroman the biggest names in that group. 

Once a player is offered arbitration, the team and that player's agent have until a set date -- usually at some point in February -- to come to terms on a new contract. If that doesn't happen, both sides submit salary proposals and the player's salary is determined at a hearing by independent arbitrators. 

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what the Mets' arbitration-eligible players are projected to make in 2020...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets manager candidate Carlos Beltran explains to SNY's Andy Martino what he brings to the table as a MLB manager

As the Mets' search for their new manager continues, one former New York star publicly expressed his desire to lead an MLB team for 2020 and beyond, but will the opportunity come in orange and blue?

Before the Yankees played Game 2 of the ALCS against the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, former 20-year veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran expressed his desire to become a manager when he caught up with SNY's Andy Martino on the field.

Beltran, who spent 2005-10 as a Met and slashed .279/.366/.499 with 134 home runs and 493 RBI in 741 games over six seasons, interviewed Thursday for the New York job and turned down chances to do the same with the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres.

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As the Mets search for Mickey Callaway's replacement, find out who would be your perfect fit as manager.

Take the quiz below to find out which skipper would best suit what you think the team needs.

SEE THE QUIZ

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

These three Mets didn't have strong seasons in 2019, but there's reason to believe that the trio could turn things around in 2020 and beyond ... 

Robinson Cano

It was a tale of two seasons for Cano, who is 36 years old, under contract the next four years and due just under $80 million. The problem is, given his 2018 suspension for PEDs, his age and his up-and-down 2019, it's almost impossible to know what to expect of him in 2020. 

He started well, hitting .270 with three home runs through the end of April, and then everything fell apart. He looked out of sync at the plate and totally out of gas during May and June. Then came random injuries, issues with Mickey Callaway about running out ground balls and what seemed like a a trip to the injured list caused partially by spite.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets traded for Marcus Stroman in July and, with Jeff McNeil already wearing the No. 6 jersey the pitcher had with the Blue Jays, assigned him No. 7 instead.

Friday night, the Long Island native tweeted that he'll be clad in a new number when he takes the mound for the Mets in 2020. Though he didn't say what that number will be, he's making the switch to pay homage to a longtime Mets favorite, Jose Reyes.


Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

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Nobody I've talked to thinks the Mets are hiring either Mike Bell or Derek Shelton as their next manager, even if the two relative unknowns are getting in-person interviews with GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff. 

As one executive from an AL team put it, "Most teams in this situation brings in guys like this that don't have a real chance of getting the job." 

With that in mind, the early speculation around baseball, at least among the scouts and execs I've spoken to this week, is leaning heavily toward the Mets making the obvious move and making Joe Girardi their next manager, if he doesn't wind up in Chicago with the Cubs instead. 

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On the latest Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and John Harper discuss what moves may come next for GM Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets.

Doug Williams and John Harper drop an all-new Shea Anything podcast, as the Mets continue to move past Mickey Callaway and the 2019 season. The guys check in on the search for a new skipper and look back at the first year of Brodie Van Wagenen as GM.  

They also play GM themselves, suggesting what they would do about the starting rotation, the bullpen, and the team's defense heading into the Hot Stove season.

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso broke the MLB record for home runs by a rookie, after hitting 53 homers this season.

His performance throughout the season has now earned him Baseball America's 2019 Rookie of the Year after a unanimous vote. It's the first award among many that Alonso will likely receive in his career.

He broke the Mets all-time single-season home run record -- originally held by both Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran with 41 home runs. He passed the two former Mets with his 42nd home run on Aug. 27. Hundley had orginally set the record in 1996, while Beltran tied him in 2006.

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New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen during the MLB annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen during the MLB annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets and Brodie Van Wagenen are knee-deep in their search for a new manager after recently firing Mickey Callaway. However, they're not the only team looking for a new leader and coaching staff for next season.

In the last few weeks, seven other teams began the same process, including the Phillies, who fired Gabe Kapler on Thursday.

I recently surveyed my usual group of insiders, which includes a handful of front office executives, talent evaluators, agents and former players, to learn how each opening should be viewed by potential managerial candidates.

Here is the final collective rankings, including who each team is rumored to be reportedly interviewing and if they overlap with the Mets. I then give my predictions for how this game of managerial musical chairs will end...

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

As the Mets managerial search rolls on, the team is also undergoing some changes in the front office.

SNY's Andy Martino has confirmed that field coordinator Kevin Morgan has resigned rather than be reassigned. Matt Ehalt of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report. 

Morgan, a highly respected organizational veteran, originally joined the Mets in 1998 as the team's assistant to the director of minor league Operations. From 2001-05, he served as the director of minor league operations. 

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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets and their fans were taken on an emotional roller coaster this past season, going from hopeful to hopeless, back to hopeful, then landing in a cold bucket of September reality.

"We're definitely not satisfied with where we're at," Michael Conforto told reporters after the team was eliminated from playoff contention on Sept. 25. "We want to play in October. That's the goal. I think we have the guys in here to do it. We have to put six months of baseball together and we didn't do that this year."

The bullpen has been the default answer when media and fans debate what the Mets need to improve when building a better team for 2020. However, for me, it's third on the list...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Tyler Bashlor, Walker Lockett, Matthew Cerrone
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Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina)
Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina)

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The most telling aspect of Joe Girardi's candidacy for Mets manager so far has probably been the enthusiasm of his former employers. If the Yankees did not feel a deep respect for Girardi, they would not be boosting him as wholeheartedly as they are.

It's not just Brian Cashman telling SNY's John Harper that he would "highly recommend" Girardi to anyone seeking a manager. It's the many other Yankees officials who, while focusing on their own team's postseason game planning, have taken time to compliment Girardi to reporters and wish him well in the Mets search.

Cashman and others have offered very strong references in private conversations with the Mets, according to people briefed on those conversations.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Andy Martino
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Sep 29, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler (19) waits in the dugout for his players after loss to the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 29, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler (19) waits in the dugout for his players after loss to the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Add one more team to the great MLB manager search this offseason, as the Mets' rival Phillies fired Gabe Kapler after two seasons on the job. 

The Phillies were expected to be playoff contenders this season after adding the likes of Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura among others to their roster. However, they fell short of that goal, finishing an even .500 at 81-81 which was good for fourth in the NL East behind the Mets. 

With the firing, eight teams are now looking for a new manager, which means the race is on for the top candidates on the market. It doesn't help that the Phillies would obviously love to beat the Mets to one of those candidates, being in division. 

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

As reports continue to abound regarding the Mets' managerial search, many of the names reported have been familiar ones, including Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter among others.

And with other names like Dusty Baker floating around as well, it appears that previous MLB managerial experience could go a long way in determining who the next Mets skipper will be. 

But an interesting name popped up on Wednesday, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that Mike Bell is expected to receiver an in-person interview with the team.

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SNY's John Harper reports on BNNY that New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman would 'highly recommend' Joe Girardi to Mets for manager opening.

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Brian Cashman may have fired Joe Girardi two years ago, but he still speaks glowingly of the job the former manager did with the Yankees, and doesn't hesitate to recommend that the Mets hire him.

"When you're talking about somebody like Joe, he'd give you instant credibility," Cashman told SNY on Wednesday. "He's buttoned-up, ready to go, and proven successful in the largest market you can find. And he came out on top.

"He was here for 10 years, and some things have an expiration date, but that doesn't diminish the abilities the person possesses or the quality of work he provides. I highly recommend Joe to anybody, even our rivals, unfortunately."

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The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Asdrubal Cabrera, Nationals

Cabrera has played in four of the Nats' five playoff games heading into Wednesday's Game 5, starting two of those games. Overall, he's just 1-for-8 at the plate (.125 average) with two RBI. He did not play in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. His biggest moment of this postseason came in Game 2 of the NLDS, when he drove in an insurance run as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth inning of the Nats' 4-2 win.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

Bartolo Colon's life story is coming to a bookstore near you.

The former Cy Young winner and four-time All-Star announced on his Instagram account on Wednesday that he will be releasing a memoir titled, "Big Sexy: The Life and Times of Bartolo Colon," set to hit stores in April 2020. 

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Buck Showalter
Buck Showalter

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The consensus on Buck Showalter as a potential Mets' managerial candidate comes from interviews with scouts, executives, and media members who all know him well, and it is straightforward: his attention to detail, in-game managing, and knack for having his team prepared is all second to none.

But…

He wants to do it his way, which can mean everything from input into personnel decisions to potential clashes over the level of day-to-day front-office involvement that characterized Brodie Van Wagenen's first year as GM. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, John Harper
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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) plays the field during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (72) plays the field during a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have some good representation in the Appalachian League this fall, and Baseball America is recognizing two of the club's prospects as the top players in the league. 

Francisco Alvarez, a 17-year-old catcher, and the Mets' first-round draft pick this year in Brett Baty were ranked the league's No. 1 and No. 2 prospects respectively. 

Alvarez is the Mets' top catching prospect and the fifth overall prospect in the organization. He also cracked the publication's Top 100 list Back in September. Signing with the Mets for $2.7 million back in 2018, Alvarez hit .312/.407/.510 with seven homers and 26 RBI in 42 games at both levels of rookie ball this season. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Scott Thompson
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Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

It didn't end the way we hoped, but the Mets' 2019 was nevertheless a year to remember...

MVP and Rookie of the Year

Pete Alonso

It can be argued that Jacob deGrom is the MVP. However, Alonso's impact was undeniable.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)
Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Carlos Beltran-as-Mets-manager speculation has now grown legs and turned into an actual story.

Mets officials have been doing background work on Carlos Beltran in recent days, trying to determine if he is ready to be a manager, according to major league sources.

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The Boston Red Sox moved on from their president of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski, last month. As their search for a replacement continues, one Mets front office member had his name thrown into the discussion.

The Boston Globe reports that Mets vice president Allard Baird will get a "long look" from the Red Sox in regard to the vacant role. Baird is also listed as the Mets' assistant general manager of scouting and player development. 

Baird is a relatively new member of the Mets' front office as he was brought on by general manager Brodie Van Wagenen last offseason.

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New York Mets' Carlos Beltran takes off running after hitting a three run homer during the first inning of their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
New York Mets' Carlos Beltran takes off running after hitting a three run homer during the first inning of their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

Carlos Beltran is a candidate to replace Mickey Callaway as the new manager of the Mets, with Beltran saying Sunday that he would "have to listen" if he were to be contacted about the opportunity.

While the 42-year-old could have a future in the Mets' dugout, he also left a huge mark as a player in Queens from 2005 to 2011, when he was arguably the best two-way player the Mets ever had.

Beltran retired after the 2017 season, finishing with a .279/.350/.486 triple slash to go along with 435 homers, 565 doubles, 312 stolen bases, and 1,587 RBI. During his prime, Beltran was also one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball. Add it all up, and he has a great case for election to the Hall of Fame. So which cap would he want on his plaque?

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Danny Abriano
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets had a roller coaster season -- again. They took us from optimism to the morgue, back to the peak of hope and then to a slow stop before the end of September.

It wasn't all for nothing, though. If Brodie Van Wagenen, his staff and players can learn from the following five lessons from this past season, they stand a better chance of success in 2020.

Don't panic, the Wild Card is wild

The no-name Brewers finished with the 10th-worst ERA and FIP and were the sixth-lowest scoring team in the National League. However, because they caught fire at the right time, they ran past the Mets and four other teams during September to win the second Wild Card spot.

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Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) before game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) before game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Being a manager in New York is a unique animal. It's a totally different gig than can be found in another market and certainly isn't for the faint of heart.

To be successful and survive in this town, which has two baseball teams -- one of which is the most successful in sports history -- it's my contention that the manager must have had previous success in front of New York fans and/or experience as a big-league manager.

It also helps if the person is battle-tested in front of dozens of local reporters, enters with a strong relationship with members of the media or has experience working on-air, such as Aaron Boone.

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Pete Alonso just wrapped up one of the most incredible rookie seasons in the history of baseball.

The Mets' first baseman blasted 53 home runs, the most ever by a rookie, surpassing Aaron Judge's previous record of 52 in 2017.
He finished the year with 53 home runs, 120 RBI, and a .260 averaging, making the NL Rookie of the Year Award a virtual lock.

On Friday, Alonso stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to prove that there's, in fact, nothing that he can't hit.

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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

One day after being relieved of his managerial duties by the Mets, Mickey Callaway told Tim Healey of Newsday that he was "disappointed by the decision (of the Mets) to move on" and that the firing stung, but that he's proud of what he accomplished during his time in New York -- with the Mets in a better spot than they were before he was hired.

"I too am in a better spot because of this experience, and am excited about where my next landing spot will be in this baseball world," Callaway said in a statement to Newsday. "These two years have humbled me, educated me, matured me, and motivated me all at the same time."

Read Callaway's full statement here.

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway in the dugout before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway in the dugout before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Mets manager Mickey Callaway could potentially find a soft landing.

Callaway, who was relieved of his duties by the Mets on Thursday, "could be a candidate" to replace outgoing Phillies pitching coach Chris Young, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.

Callaway was the pitching coach for the Indians from 2013 to 2017, overseeing a staff that included Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer

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