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.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): If it comes down to Long and Acta, I really hope the Mets choose Long. I'm far from an expert on Acta, but it's hard not to be skeptical of a guy that has twice been fired in season and always seems to have players speaking out against him in public. Also, as I explained in this detailed post on MetsBlog, Long is uniquely qualified to lead the Mets at this specific point in time.
I actually think a terrific combination might be Long as manager with Acta as his bench coach, especially considering Acta was third base coach for the Mets under Willie Randolph. It's a good balance and, though it may be fan fiction to think it, I wonder if this has been the plan all along...
Long, 50, 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 2015.
Acta, 48, is 372-518 in six seasons as a manager. He managed the Nationals from 2007 to 2009 before he was fired midway through the season. He managed the Indians from 2010 to 2012, before being fired with six games left in the 2012 season. Acta served as Willie Randolph's third base coach with the Mets from 2005 to 2006.
White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing and Indians pitching coach Mickey Callway, who interviewed earlier this week, are also still under consideration.
According to Sherman, the Mets always wanted to have a decision before Oct. 31, since that is when the current contracts for Long and assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler expire. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said recently that Long would be back with the Mets in 2018.
Along wiht the Mets job, the Red Sox (who are expected to hire Alex Cora, who also interviewed with the Mets), Phillies, and Nationals have managerial openings.