Jeff Wilpon and Omar Minaya talked with Mike Francesa for more than an hour on WFAN today.

To listen to the entire interview, go to WFAN.com.

By the way, to watch Chris Carlin’s one-on-one interview with Wilpon following today’s press conference, use the video player in the sidebar.

To read of several noteworthy moments and statements from Francesa’s interview with Wilpon and Minaya, click below:

Update, 6:40 pm:

In parting, Minaya wants Mets fans to know he and his staff are working hard, and Ownership is committed to putting the best product possible on the field.

Wilpon said, “I want to thank all of the fans who showed up to support us,” adding:

“I have faith in Omar and Jerry, otherwise they wouldn’t be back, and they have Ownership’s support.”

Update, 6:40 pm:

Wilpon said he doesn’t understand criticism from fans, who, according to Francesa, believe the Mets walk-away from big free agents because of money, when they have one of the highest payrolls in baseball.

Howard said the team is considering a ‘flexible payment plan for season-ticket holders next season.’

Wilpon said the team will not make a big-ticket move just for marketing purposes, or simply in an effort to sell tickets, concluding, “The team will be as aggressive as it has been in the past.”

Update, 6:36 pm:

Howard said the team is considering a ‘flexible payment plan for season-ticket holders next season.’

Update, 6:32 pm:

Wilpon said he demands better from the team, ‘and the fans deserve better,’ he wants Manuel and Minaya to stay, and he wants to see a Championship-caliber team competing right to the end in October.

Wilpon said they have already been talking with doctors and staff to determine why the team suffered so many injuries, and will look at all protocols, from pre-game warm ups to off-season programs to weight-training programs.

Minaya said he has already been talking with his staff and scouting department about an off-season strategy, while pointing out, “We don’t just want to compete, we want to win a Championship.”

Update, 6:18 pm:

Wilpon pointed out that the Mets paid over slot for their first-round pick in the last draft, when asked why the organization is ‘cheap with their minor-league system.’

Minaya said the Mets still have the same financial commitment towards winning that it had when he signed on to be the team’s GM.

Update, 6:15 pm:

Minaya said he doesn’t believe the team needs to be rebuilt.

Wilpon feels the team has ‘two or three holes,’ which they can fill through a combination of free-agent signings and trades.

Minaya said, in talking to other GMs, it has yet to be determined what type of free-agent market it will be, something which typically takes shape in the days following the World Series.

Wilpon says he has heard the market will be ‘soft,’ as there is typically a one-year lag in the market, meaning last season’s buyer’s market could continue.

Update, 6:05 pm:

Minaya said he will look at the trade player, to see how we can change it up,’ in an effort to improve the team, because they cannot just limit themselves to the free-agent market.

Minaya said there are core players that would be very hard for him to trade, and though there are certain guys who are special, as a whole, he must look at all ways to improve the ballclub.

Update, 6:05 pm:

Minaya still believes Oliver Perez can pitch like he did in 2007 and 2008, noting that pitching is ‘hot and cold,’ citing examples like Justin Verlander.

He said he believes ‘Daniel Murphy is getting better,’ and can be an every-day first baseman for the Mets… so long as he has more power at other positions.

Minaya likened Murphy to Boston’s situation with Kevin Youklis from a few seasons ago, saying:

“He was not the big, productive hitter that he is early on, but they surrounded him other guys who had power… So, when you put the team together, there are eight guys, and how are you going to balance that offense.”

Francesa pointed out that Youklis is a Gold-Glove first baseman, then told Wilpon Murphy cannot be an every-day player at first base for a Championship team, especially when consider the type of production the Phillies are getting from the left-side of their infield.

Minaya then informed Francesa that there have been lots of good teams in the game’s history that did not get power from first base, to which Francesa asked for examples of what Murphy does well, and Minaya said:

“What does Murphy do well?  Right now, you’re talking about a young, developing player who is learning at the major leagues and improving at first base… Now, he comes at you everyday and he gives a good effort… He has to improve with the OBP… But, we are talking about a rookie.”

Minaya said the team no longer sees Murphy as an outfielder.

Update, 5:56 pm:

We are in a results town in a results business,” Wilpon said.

Wilpon said he will give Minaya the resources he needs, ‘whatever that is,’ to put a Championship team on the field.

The team has not discussed ‘slicing payroll,’ he explained, adding:

“Whether it ends up being more or less I can’t tell you until Omar makes suggestions… We’re going to be aggressive, we have to be, whether it’s in trades or free agents… For all we know, Omar might save money, Mike.”

Update, 5:53 pm:

Wilpon said he was most frustrated this season with the team’s ability to drive in runs, despite being among the best team’s in batting average and batting average with runners in scoring position.

Minaya believes the players gave the team a good effort, but, ‘We did have a lot of players who were secondary players in their career, and were overexposed,’ and so, ‘When you have that and play them for a long time those weaknesses will show up, and that’s what happened.’

Wilpon said he liked watching Josh Thole and Nelson Figueroa, but, he added, ‘Again, it’s frustrating when you have that many guys out of your lineup for that long, knowing you could have had so-and-so up instead.’

Minaya said, ‘You have to like the way Jeff Francoeur plays the game,’ pointing he finished the season playing with a broken thumb.

Update, 5:48 pm:

Wilpon said, ‘Yankee-economic structure are unto themselves, they have their own structure and we fall much more in line with the rest of the league,’ when asked why his team does not spend money like the Yankees.

Update, 5:46 pm:

When you win you’re a smart baseball man,” Minaya explained, regarding criticism of his public speaking.  “When you lose, you’re not a smart a baseball man.”

Francesa asked Minaya to address accusations that he is only interested in bring Latino ballplayers to the Mets, to which he said:

“Look, when you’re the first Hispanic GM those accusations were going to be made.  It’s part of it.  It’s not true, it’s not fact, it’s not something I think about.  I believe in talent.  I will go after the best talent, no matter who that player is and where he is from.”

Update, 5:44 pm:

Howard said the team will continue to add Mets imagery and history to Citi Field, and they are working to develop a Mets Museum in a prominent location in the ballpark, though he would not specifically say where.

Wilpon said there will also be other ‘naming opportunities,’ in the building, that will link to the team’s history.

come on, do it, The Piazza, for the table-n-chair section below the bridge

Wilpon said, “I don’t think we did anything to slap anyone in the face.  It’s not like we said, ‘Gee, let’s honor the Brooklyn Dodgers and not honor the Mets.’ Those claims are unfair, but we’re gonna make those changes and correct it, because it is a proper criticism.’

Update, 5:40:

Wilpon said Minaya and his staff intend to always build a team around pitching, speed and defense, and so the team built a ballpark with that in mind.

Minaya said he feels it is always easier to win when playing ‘National League baseball,’ and when pitching strong.

In regards to the lack of home runs, Howard said the ballpark is not much different than Shea Stadium, noting that losing Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran will impact any team’s home run total, which likely exposed David Wright, who had little protection in the lineup.

Update, 5:36 pm:

Wilpon said it was Minaya’s recommendation and decision to keep Manuel as the team’s manager.

Minaya said injuries had to be considered, plus, when factoring in Manuel’s entire body of work, including his work last season, when with a healthy a team, he wanted Manuel back as manager.

Update, 5:33 pm:

Wilpon says Minaya is the GM, and his responsibilities have not changed.

Minaya said he plans to continue making changes in the front office.

He said Adam Wogan, who had been the farm director, will take on a more prominent role – the team also plans to hire a Field Coordinator, who will be in uniform, traveling the system, working with minor leaguers and reporting to Wogan.

…hmmm, i wonder if that is what Wally Backman is interviewing for

Minaya also said Assistant GM John Ricco will be more involved in working with the minor-league directors.

Update, 5:28 pm:

“I like to think in our minor-league system we have talent,” Minaya said.

Update, 5:28 pm:

Francesa asked if the Mets will have to pull back financially from their 2009 payroll, to which Wilpon said, ‘NO.’

He said the Bernie Madoff situation had no impact on the Mets.

“What happens this year between free-agents and trades and whatever Omar wants to do to get us back to a Championship-caliber team will be up to Omar,” Wilpon said, acknowledging that his team will continue to have one of the highest payrolls in baseball.

Update, 5:25 pm:

Wilpon says much of the blame for the team’s injuries are a result of relying too heavily on other team’s medical staffs when injuries occurred on the road, and did not fly players back quickly enough to be examined by their own medical team.

Minaya added that the team must create a protocol that will allow them to communicate to media and fans the status of the team’s injuries.

here’s a thought, how about having less injuries…

Update, 5:22 pm:

Minaya and Wilpon, plus Dave Howard, are in the studio.

Again, like he said this morning, Wilpon believes this seasons results are ‘basically unacceptable.’

unacceptable, one of the most misused words in business, as well as sports… if it’s ‘unacceptable,’ how come every one is back and being allowed to return to the project… apparently, it is acceptable…

Update, 5:18 pm:

According to Francesa, Wilpon and Minaya were stuck in traffic, but are now in the building and will remain in studio through the end of the show.

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BNNY: Mets hire Mickey Callaway 00:04:00
Tonight on Baseball Night in New York, MLB Insider Anthony McCarron shares his thoughts on the addition of Mickey Callaway to the Mets.

Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway reportedly accepted an offer to become the Mets' next manager, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Callaway, who has been with Cleveland since 2013, will sign a three-year deal once it's finalized, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Callaway helped develop star pitchers Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in his tenure with the Indians and would inherit a Mets pitching staff that includes Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGromSteven Matz and Matt Harvey.

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, comedian Steve Hofstetter, and SiriusXM's Rob Brender break down Sandy Alderson's search for a new manager, after which they discuss raiding the Marlins and joy and pain of rooting for Justin Turner...

To listen to the show, click play below or use this link to download...

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Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees players look on from the dugout in the ninth inning during game seven of the 2017 ALCS. (Thomas Shea)
Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees players look on from the dugout in the ninth inning during game seven of the 2017 ALCS. (Thomas Shea)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterA little over a week ago, Mets fans basked in the glory of the Nationals losing, or as many put it, still never having won a playoff series. Now Mets fans get to bask in another sort of glory -- the Yankees losing to the Astros and not making it to another World Series.

Thank goodness, right? I know I couldn't take seeing one more tweet from Yankees fans about how they were the underdogs or how they've suffered for eight years. I've pretty much suffered my entire life by being a Mets fan, but I'm so sorry you guys have gone through this eight year "rough patch."

Naturally, Mets fans rejoiced as the Astros won Saturday night, and #MetsTwitter did not fail. As you can imagine, there were a lot of "thumbs up" tweets -- a not-so-subtle reaction to the Yankees losing, in response to their "thumbs down" rallying cry that held strong throughout the playoffs. Besides thumbs up tweets, here's what you may have missed -- just a glimpse at some of the tweets from Mets fans last night...

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Apr. 2, 2008; Red Sox shortstop Alex Cora at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland. Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Apr. 2, 2008; Red Sox shortstop Alex Cora at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland. Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

The Red Sox will name Astros bench coach Alex Cora as their team's new manager once Houston's season is over, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, citing sources.

The Mets interviewed Cora earlier this week.

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Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) hits a triple in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) hits a triple in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee Friday, the team announced.

The Nationals did not provide a timeline for his injury but said Murphy will begin to rehab immediately following the completion of the successful surgery. In the team release, the Nationals said the surgery was to repair articular cartilage in the second baseman's knee.

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The Sandy Bunch: Kevin Long 00:00:36
SNY.tv takes a look at Mets hitting coach Kevin Long as a candidate to be the next Mets manager.

Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and Mariners third base coach Manny Acta are the current frontrunners to be manage of the Mets, according to a report Friday afternoon by the NY Post's Joel Sherman.

If this is accurate, I hope Long gets the job. 

According to Sherman, the Mets hope to make a final decision before the start of the World Series, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 24.

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New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are expected to choose their new manager soon -- perhaps as early as this weekend -- reports Joel Sherman of the NY Post, who says the team wants to make an announcement before the World Series starts on Tuesday.

Mets hitting coach Kevin Long and Mariners third base coach Manny Acta are the frontrunners for the job, according to Sherman. The Mets interviewed Long and Acta within the last week.

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Today's updates...

  • Kevin Long and Manny Acta are frontrunners to manage the Mets (Sherman, NYP).
  • The Mets wants to make an announcement before next Tuesday (Sherman, NYP).
  • Dusty Baker will not return to manage the Nationals, the team announced.

Previous reports...

In addition to Long and Acta, the Mets have interviewed Joe McEwing, Mickey Callaway and Cora. They may still be considering Sandy Alomar, Jr. (Puma, NYP). Brad Ausmus declined to interview (Heyman, FanRag) and Bob Geren, Robin Ventura and Chip Hale are no longer in the running.

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Aug 7, 2016; Detroit: Mets manager Terry Collins (10) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 7, 2016; Detroit: Mets manager Terry Collins (10) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets will pick up LH reliever Jerry Blevins' $7 million option for the 2018 season, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

"I would love to come back to New York," Blevins recently told MMO's Matthew Brownstein. "I feel like we have a lot to prove and I think we'll play that underdog role a lot better than we do playing the favorites. Everybody kind of needs a chip on their shoulder. ... I hope to be a part of it."

Blevins, 34, had a 2.94 ERA (3.12 FIP) and 1.36 WHIP with 69 strikeouts in 49.0 innings (75 games) this past season.

He has a 2.72 ERA (3.01 FIP) and 1.22 WHIP with 125 strikeouts in 96.0 innings (155 games) for the Mets from 2015-2017.

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Dusty Baker is out as manager of the Nationals, the team announced on Friday.

"The contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired," the team said in a statement. "The Nationals' search for a new manager will begin immediately, and we will work with that person to build his coaching staff."

Baker, 68, served as manager from 2016 to 2017, with the Nationals being eliminated in the NLDS both seasons.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter

The Mets have started conducting their managerial interviews. Here is a look at the names that are in the mix...

Kevin Long, Mets hitting coach

The 50-year-old Long, who expressed his interest in the job to Alderson, does not have any big league managerial experience. He was the hitting coach for the Yankees from 2007 to 2014, before taking the same role with the Mets prior to the 2015 season. He is returning to the Mets in 2018, but it isn't yet known what his role will be.

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Jul 3, 2015; Sandy Alomar (15) looks on from the dugout at PNC Park. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 3, 2015; Sandy Alomar (15) looks on from the dugout at PNC Park. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets may still interview Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., as the team continues its search for a new manager, Mike Puma of the NY Post tweeted Thursday afternoon.

Alomar, 51, began his coaching career as a catching instructor for the Mets in 2008. He joined Cleveland's coaching staff in 2009 and was reportedly a finalist to manage the Blue Jays in 2011.

He was interim manager of the Indians for six games in 2012 after the team fired Manny Acta, who the Mets reportedly interviewed earlier this week.

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Oct 14, 2008; Cora (left), Dustin Pedroia (center) and Kevin Youkilis (20) during the seventh inning of game four of the ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE
Oct 14, 2008; Cora (left), Dustin Pedroia (center) and Kevin Youkilis (20) during the seventh inning of game four of the ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

In addition to the Mets, the Red Sox are also actively searching for a new manager and may only be considering three candidates.

According to local and national reports, Astros bench coach Alex Cora is considered the frontrunner.

The Sox reportedly interviewed Cora and former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus this past weekend in New York. They interviewed D-backs bench coach and former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire earlier today, according to the Boston Herald.

Before making a final decision, Boston is expected to conduct a second round of interviews, NBCSports.com's Evan Drellich tweeted earlier this week.

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson and his former manager with the Oakland A's, Tony La Russa. Credit: USA Today Images
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and his former manager with the Oakland A's, Tony La Russa. Credit: USA Today Images

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from his front office position with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He is already receiving calls from interested organizations that would like to work with him, La Russa told reporters at a press conference in Arizona.

"The Diamondbacks are in great hands." However, he added, "It's time to move on."

Sandy Alderson hired La Russa to manage the A's in 1983. Alderson, as the team's GM, was also responsible for firing La Russa roughly a decade later. The duo won nearly 800 games, three pennants, and one World Championship together in Oakland. So, when hearing about La Russa leaving Arizona, and knowing the Mets are in a bit of a leadership transition, my first thought was wondering if these two have interest in reconnecting...

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The Sandy Bunch: Manny Acta 00:00:39
SNY.tv takes a look at former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta as a candidate to be the next Mets manager.

Manny Acta interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening on Tuesday and is considered a "serious candidate" for the job, a source told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"He is going to walk in the interview and kick [butt], because he is smart," another source told Puma. "He knows analytics, he understands scouting and he's old school. He's organized, prepared, works well with the coaching staff and front office."

However, the same source said Acta "can't handle controversy," and questioned whether he's cut out to be a manager in New York.

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Oct 9, 2017; Frazier during game four of the 2017 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2017; Frazier during game four of the 2017 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

In an article for the NY Post, Joel Sherman argues that Sandy Alderson should aim to sign 3B Todd Frazier, who is set to become a free agent at the end of this season.

In 66 regular season games after being acquired by the Yankees this season, Frazier hit just .222, but had a .365 OBP with 11 HR and 32 RBI. He had 16 home runs with the White Sox before the trade, prior to which he hit just .207. Frazier hit .235/.316/.294 in the Yankees' five-game ALDS victory over the Indians, but is hitting .333/.385/.667 so far in the ALCS against the Astros.

According to his former manager with the Reds, Bryan Price, Frazier's value to a team has as much to do with what he brings off field as it does with what he can do between the lines.

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New York City mayor Bill de Blasio throws the ceremonial first pitch (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio throws the ceremonial first pitch (Anthony Gruppuso)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it's "constitutionally impossible" for him to root for the Yankees, who are even with the Astros at two games apiece in the ALCS. De Blasio, who is a die-hard Red Sox fan, explained his reasoning to the the NY Daily News.

"The truth is called for in editorial board meetings," de Blasio said. "I am a crazed, rabid baseball fan and Red Sox fan. It is constitutionally impossible to quote unquote root for the New York Yankees."

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterNot that Bill de Blasio is a Mets fan, but this is a statement most Mets fans can get on board with. As Mets fans, can you root for the Yankees? There may be a handful that can, but the majority -- at least who I know -- would never. I know I never could root for the Yankees, and I've lived in NYC my entire life.

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The Sandy Bunch: Mickey Callaway 00:00:37
SNY.tv takes a look at Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as a candidate to be the next Mets manager.

For a team whose pitching staff collapsed as epically as the Mets' did in 2017, it makes sense to consider bringing in a manager with pitching expertise. And after helping the Indians put together one of the best group of arms in baseball, that's one metric Mickey Callaway might very well lead the league in.

Since taking on the role of pitching coach in Cleveland in 2013, the pitching staff there made a complete 180. After posting a major league worst ERA in 2012, the Indians have led the American League in ERA every year since then and have put up MLB-best numbers in strikeouts and wins above replacement.

Under Callaway's tutelage, they have developed stars in Danny Salazar, Carlos Carrasco, and Corey Kluber, who may be looking at his second Cy Young Award this year. In many ways, the Indians have reached the heights of pitching that the Mets were expected to, and Callaway receives a lot of the credit. It's also noteworthy that, despite throwing hard, they have generally stayed healthy...

Tags: 2017 Mets Manager Search, Maggie Wiggin
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Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura looks on before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jeffrey Becker/USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura looks on before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jeffrey Becker/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have removed former White Sox manager Robin Ventura from consideration for their managerial opening after he revealed he is not interested in managing, according to the NY Post.

"I'm not pursuing any of the openings," Ventura told the Post by text message.

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May 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren during a MLB baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
May 24, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren during a MLB baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Mets are not considering Bob Geren or Chip Hale as candidates for their managerial opening, reports Marc Carig of Newsday, citing sources.

 

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The Sandy Bunch: Joe McEwing 00:00:40
SNY.tv takes a look at White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing as a candidate to be the next Mets manager.

The parade of Mets managerial candidates has included a number of familiar faces, but perhaps none more familiar than Joe McEwing, who spent five years in Queens as a bench player.

While fans' affection for McEwing often outpaced his skill on the field, he has spent the years since his 2008 retirement in a variety of coaching roles with the White Sox organization, and his good reputation has earned him an interview with the Mets this week.

McEwing was in many ways the quintessential utility player. In his five seasons with the Mets, "Super Joe" saw time at every position except pitcher and catcher. He eked out a league average batting line in only one season, but was a solid defender and was beloved by fans and teammates alike for his scrappy play and positive attitude. Prior to his release early in 2005, he had served as something of a mentor to a young David Wright, who raved about his character and bemoaned the loss of his friend and teacher...

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New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura (RVR Photos)
New York Mets third baseman Robin Ventura (RVR Photos)

Robin Ventura's hit his walkoff "Grand Slam Single" against the Braves in Game 5 of the NLCS at Shea Stadium on today's date in 1999.

His teammates mobbed Ventura at second base, resulting in the home run counting as a single and the Mets winning, 4-3 to force the series back to Atlanta for Game 6.

Click below for the video

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Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton, owner Derek Jeter and 2B Dee Gordon. Credit: USA Today Sports
Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton, owner Derek Jeter and 2B Dee Gordon. Credit: USA Today Sports

Marlins owners Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman will try this winter to cut the team's payroll by as much as $65 million, a source recently told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

Jeter, Sherman, and their ownership group recently agreed to pay $1.2 billion to buy the Marlins, who are expected to lose roughly $50 million in revenue next year, Spencer reports.

"They told us that they're prepared to dump," a rival executive recently told B/R's Scott Miller. "They're working on it and talking to clubs."

The Brewers ended 2017 with the lowest payroll at roughly $85 million, according to Spotrac.

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July 21, 2017: Michael Conforto hits at Citi Field. Credit: Penner - USA Today Sports
July 21, 2017: Michael Conforto hits at Citi Field. Credit: Penner - USA Today Sports

Michael Conforto is doing well and experiencing no set backs during his recovery from shoulder surgery, agent Scott Boras said Monday, according to the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

In late September, Conforto told reporters that he expects to return to baseball activities next March, at which point the surgically repaired posterior capsule in his right shoulder will be fully healed.

"It's not a set deadline," he added. "When I see the doctor again in a couple of weeks, we'll see where I'm at, see where my range of motion is, see where the strength is and kind of go from there."

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New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is reportedly considered the favorite to become the franchise's next manager, according to the Bergen Record's Bob Klapisch.

The Mets already interviewed Long, who has been the team's hitting coach for the past three seasons, and plan to conduct interviews with several other candidates throughout the week.

They will interview Astros bench coach Alex Cora on Tuesday and Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway on Wednesday. Mariners third base coach Manny Acta will interview with the team later this week, and former Mets infielder Joe McEwing also plans to interview with New York.

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\Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway visits starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco in the third inning at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
\Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway visits starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco in the third inning at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets will interview Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway on Wednesday, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma.

Callaway is one of several candidates on GM Sandy Alderson's list of possible replacements for Terry Collins, including Alex Cora, Bob Geren, Manny ActaChip HaleKevin LongJoe McEwing and Sandy Alomar Jr.

The Mets have already interviewed Long, will interview Cora on Tuesday and will interview Acta later this week. McEwing plans to interview with New York later this week as well.

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Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus looks on during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jeffrey Becker/USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus looks on during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Jeffrey Becker/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus declined to interview for the Mets' managerial job, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

In their search to find a new manager, the Mets talked at least once with Ausmus, Heyman reported last week.

Ausmus interviewed for the Red Sox' managerial opening on Monday, reports Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald. The Phillies are also reportedly interested in Ausmus.

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Mar 6, 2017; Guillorme (77) fields a double during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium (Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Mar 6, 2017; Guillorme (77) fields a double during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium (Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infield prospect Luis Guillorme was drafted by the Mets in 2013, prior to which he was already considered an outstanding fielder.

This year during the Arizona Fall League, which started last week, Guillorme hopes to put the spotlight on his hitting, he recently told Baseball American's Josh Norris.

"The main thing is being consistent with my swing," he told Norris. "I'm trying to drive the ball... be a little quieter with my body and my hands and making sure the hands come through before the body does. That's the main thing I've been working on since the season ended."

In two games during the AFL, Guillorme has four hits during eight at bats. He has struck out once.

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New York Mets former pitcher Tom Seaver poses for a photo as he works in the fields of his vineyard in Calistoga. (Kelley L Cox)
New York Mets former pitcher Tom Seaver poses for a photo as he works in the fields of his vineyard in Calistoga. (Kelley L Cox)

Legendary Mets pitcher and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver's home and vineyards are fine after being threatened by the California wildfires.

Seaver was forced to flee his home in Calistoga, California last Wednesday due to the wildfires.

"We literally ran like hell," Seaver told the NY Daily News on Monday.

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Oct 15, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (Robert Hanashiro)
Oct 15, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (Robert Hanashiro)

Justin Turner hit a game-winning, three-run homer against the Cubs in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the NLCS on Sunday night in Los Angeles as the Dodgers moved within two wins of their first World Series appearance since 1988.

Turner's home run was the first walkoff hit by a Dodger in the postseason since Kirk Gibson's walkoff homer against Dennis Eckersley and the A's in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me)Sandy Alderson's biggest mistakes since taking over as GM continue to be watching Daniel Murphy sign with the Nationals and non-tendering Turner...

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The Amazin' Life: Next Year 00:03:07
On the season finale of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling pitch "Keith and Ron" ideas for 2018!

For more of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, CLICK HERE.

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 (Orlando Ramirez)
(Orlando Ramirez)

Astros bench coach Alex Cora will interview with the Mets this week, according to Newsday's Marc Carig, and is expected to meet with the Red Sox to interview for their managerial vacancy, according to The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy

While Cora is also reportedly drawing interest from the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers, he is considered Boston's top managerial candidate, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

A 14-year MLB veteran, Cora has been a GM and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League and served as the country's GM in the World Baseball Classic this spring. He interviewed for several managerial positions last winter, but ultimately joined Houston's coaching staff last November.

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Dodgers outfielder and former Met Curtis Granderson believes Mets' hitting coach Kevin Long has what it takes to succeed in a managerial role. 

Long recently interviewed for the Mets' manager position on Friday as the team continues to look for Terry Collins' successor. Among the wide array of candidates are Brad Ausmus, Alex Cora, Robin Ventura, and Joe McEwing to name a few. 

Granderson, though, feels that Long can make an impact in the manager role despite his lack of experience...

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Chicago White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing looks on against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing looks on against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets plan to interview Joe McEwing for their open managerial position within the next few days, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post

MLB.com reported earlier this month that the Tigers were interested in McEwing filling their managerial vacancy.

McEwing, who has no big league managerial experience, has coached with the White Sox since the 2012 season. A former Met, McEwing became the hitting coach for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights in 2008. One season later, he was named Manager of the Year for his work with the Class-A Winston-Salem Dash in the South Atlantic League. In 2011, he came back to Charlotte to manage the club. 

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New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Kim Klement)
New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Kim Klement)

The Mets interviewed Kevin Long for their managerial opening on Friday, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

The 50-year-old Long, who expressed his interest in the job to Mets GM Sandy Alderson, does not have any big league managerial experience. He was the hitting coach for the Yankees from 2007 to 2014, before taking the same role with the Mets prior to the 2015 season. He is returning to the Mets in 2018, but it isn't yet known what his role will be.

The Mets recently began conducting their managerial interviews. The opening with the Red Sox and questions surrounding Yankees manager Joe Girardi are expected to impact their search, which you can read more about here...

In addition to Long, Alderson's reported list of potential candidates also includes Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, former Mets players Robin VenturaJoe McEwing, Sandy Alomar Jr.Alex Cora, and former coaches Bob Geren and Chip Hale >> To learn more about each reported candidate, click here.

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Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterSaying that Mets fans were happy to see the Nationals lose is an understatement. The thought alone of both the Yankees and Nats going on to the LCS drove Mets fans to the brink of despair, and the relief that this didn't become a reality is a common feeling amongst Mets fans.

Naturally, Mets fans didn't fail when providing their reactions to the Nationals losing. It was a beautiful thing to be in the midst of on Twitter right after Bryce Harper struck out for the final out of Game 5, or in my case, a beautiful thing to wake up to, as I'm currently writing this while out of the country.

Click below for a glimpse at some of the gems...

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Feb., 2017: David Wright and Jose Reyes taking infield at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb., 2017: David Wright and Jose Reyes taking infield at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Mets 3B David Wright recently underwent a laminotomy procedure in Los Angeles to help reduce pain in his lower back, the team announced in early October.

The minimally invasive procedure, which is designed to relieve pressure on a compressed nerve, should greatly reduce his pain and improve his chances of getting back on field, Dr. Andrew Hecht recently told Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com.

According to Hecht, an orthopedic surgeon and chief of spine surgery for the Mount Sinai Health System, what Wright had done is a straightforward procedure and has a high success rate.

"We see this quite a bit in athletes and many of them have no symptoms at all, but occasionally you see someone symptomatic, like David Wright," Dr. Hecht explained to Mastracco. "Sometimes, despite all of the best efforts of the greatest doctors, somebody doesn't get better with conservative treatment," and surgery is needed.

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Will Girardi manage the Mets? 00:03:43
The DNL panel examines the possibility of Yankees manager Joe Girardi leaving the Bronx Bombers to manage the Mets in Queens.

The Mets have started interviewing candidates to be their next manager, a source with knowledge of the process recently told Newsday's Marc Carig.

In the days before and after the season, I'm told Mets GM Sandy Alderson and his staff internally reviewed a list of up to 15 potential candidates.

My understanding is, after pre-screening each person, talking about them with people outside the organization and gauging interest, that list has been whittled down to between six and 10 viable options, all of whom will have been formally interviewed before the end of next week.

Tags: 2017 Mets Manager Search, Matthew Cerrone
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Top catching prospect Tomas Nido, infield prospect Luis Guillorme, and knuckleballer Mickey Jannis are among the Mets players participating in the Arizona Fall League.

The full list of Mets players participating -- all with the Scottsdale Scorpions -- can be viewed here.

The 23-year-old Nido, who made his Mets debut this season, has gone 2-for-7 with a homer in two AFL games.

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Oct 6, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway (13) visits the mound against the New York Yankees during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 6, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway (13) visits the mound against the New York Yankees during the first inning in game two of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Mets are showing interest in Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as a candidate for their managerial opening, sources told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Callaway is also receiving interest from the Phillies, who he will interview with for their managerial opening, according to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com.

The 42-year-old Callaway became the Indians' pitching coach in 2013 in what was his first major league coaching job. Before moving into that role, he was the team's minor league coordinator.

 

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