Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |
The most important word to understand about the Mets' search for their next general manager is "early." As in, ownership and the front office are in the brainstorming phase, batting around not just names but types.
When you hear Ben Cherington, Michael Chernoff, Dan Duquette, Jed Hoyer, Dan O'Dowd, and Jared Porter you think, "Wow, those are a lot of different philosophies and backgrounds." Indeed, the team is considering a wide variety of possibilities before narrowing its search.
A word about these names: They have been widely reported -- and yes, internally discussed -- but they could change by the time interviews actually begin. Mets people scoff at the idea that it's even time to mention names, because their own conversations are so preliminary (I say that he truth is somewhere in the middle; some of the folks mentioned will be seriously considered, and the Mets are already thinking hard about it, if not as concretely as they will in a month or two).
The interview process, which was initially expected to begin in earnest in September, could be pushed into October because some of the candidates will have teams in the postseason. The Mets have not yet reached out to candidates or asked their team's permission to interview. Some of the candidates listed above are happy in their current circumstances.
Although the Mets briefly considering using an outside firm to assist with the search, it now appears that they will handle it themselves. In addition to Fred and Jeff Wilpon, Omar Minaya and John Ricco will be involved in the process.
Speaking of Ricco, the view from here is that he qualified for the job. He is deeply respected by colleagues, and excellent with the New York media. Ricco has years of experience speaking for the team in news conferences and on television, including in recent weeks. But his employers are inclined to keep him in his current role.
Could that change? Maybe. But that would only happen after ownership fully explores many other candidates. We have a broad idea of who those folks will be, but everything about this situation is still developing.