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 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.
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.