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The Mets' search for their next manager rolls on, with their third round of interviews set to begin this week, reports SNY's Andy Martino.
According to Martino, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez will receive third interviews. Derek Shelton will also receive a third interview, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
With four finalists for Mets manager known, let's weigh their pros and cons...
Beltran has been one of the hottest names on the manager market, turning down interviews with the Padres and Cubs and accepting an interview with the Mets only. He interviewed for the Yankees gig in 2017 before it went to Aaron Boone, and has been working in their front office this season under Brian Cashman. Beltran is very familiar with the New York market, having spent a large chunk of his career with the Mets and Yankees, and was known to take younger players under his wing during his playing career.
The 42-year-old Beltran has never managed or coached at any level. That doesn't necessarily mean his selection would be a bad one (Boone had no managerial or coaching experience when the Yanks hired him), but the Mets would be taking a bit of a risk by selecting Beltran. There were also some things (whether it's fair to classify them as "issues" is up for debate) during Beltran's time with the Mets that could give pause, including him going against their wishes by having knee surgery after the 2009 season.
Aside from Girardi, Bogar has the most impressive credentials among the Mets' four known finalists. The 53-year-old has been named manager of the year three times in the minors, has experience as a coach with five big league teams (including as bench coach for Bobby Valentine in 2012), and was the interim manager for the Rangers in 2014 after the dismissal of Ron Washington. Bogar also knows the market, having played for the Mets in the mid-90s.
Bogar checks off all the boxes credential-wise, but his last time managing a full season was in 2007. It's fair to wonder why (with the exception of his interim stint in 2014) Bogar has not yet been tabbed for a big league manager job. And while Bogar has experience in New York, it hasn't come in the last two decades.
The affable Perez has managed in Puerto Rico (where he was named Manager of the Year in 2008), and managed for Colombia in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He also has big league coaching experience, having served as the hitting coach for the Marlins (2011-12) and bench coach for the Astros (2013).
The 50-year-old Perez has not worked in a major league dugout since 2013, with him working as an analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM since then. While he has solid credentials, Perez's managing experience is limited. He also has no experience at all working or playing for a New York team.
Shelton was the bench coach this year for first-time big league manager Rocco Baldelli as the Twins won the AL Central. Prior to becoming the Twins' bench coach, Shelton was the Blue Jays' quality control coach in 2017. One of the main responsibilities of the quality control coach is to serve as a bridge between the field staff and front office -- something that will be very important for the Mets. Shelton also has coaching experience with the Rays (2010-2016) and Indians (2005-2009).
While he has some managerial experience, it came from 2000-2002 in the minors for the Yankees. So Shelton hasn't been calling the shots in a dugout in quite some time. And while he played in the Yankees' system during his minor league career, Shelton has no experience dealing with the pressure of New York.
Whichever way the Mets go, they will be hiring a manager to function as part of the new dynamic most major league teams now work within. With the exception of a few (such as Joe Maddon), the age of the big-personality, big-name manager who exerts his influence is over.
Among the key traits most teams value in present-day managers: An ability to communicate with the media and be a face for the organization, the ability to manage the clubhouse and the personalities in it, and the ability to make strong in-game decisions -- at times using numbers and methods devised before games after working collaboratively with the front office.
For the Mets specifically, they will be seeking someone with the above traits who they hope can help turn them from an 86-win near-miss in 2019 to a playoff team in 2020.
A version of this story originally appeared on MetsBlog on Oct. 21, 2019