Sandy Alomar, Jr. is receiving "strong consideration" to be interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.
Alomar, 51, is the first base coach for the Cleveland Indians, who are currently facing the Yankees in the ALDS. He began his coaching career as a catching instructor for the Mets in 2008 and 2009. He has been on Cleveland's coaching staff since 2009, and was reportedly a finalist for the Blue Jays' managerial job prior to the 2011 season.
He was interim manager of the Indians for six games in 2012 after the team fired Manny Acta.
It was reported earlier this week by Puma that the Mets may first reach out to Astros bench coach Alex Cora and Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren.
Geren, 56, served as bench coach for the Mets from 2011 to 2015 prior to taking the same position with the Dodgers. He was also manager of the A's from 2007 to 2011. The 41-year-old Cora began his coaching career this season.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that current hitting coach Kevin Long, who will be retained for 2018, has expressed interest in becoming manager. Former White Sox manager Robin Ventura is also reportedly a candidate.
"Right now, we have a very long list," Alderson said earlier this week. "We will get it shortened after we've had internal discussions and then talks with people outside the organization. ..."I don't think my familiarity with the candidate is necessary," Alderson added. "In fact, I'm intrigued by some of the names that have come up -- people that I've never met."
Former-Met Joe McEwing is also a candidate to replace Collins. McEwing, 44, is currently the third base coach for the White Sox, who he has been with since 2012.
Other candidates to replace Collins are A's bench coach Chip Hale, who was a finalist for the Mets' managerial job before it was given to Collins prior to the 2011 season, and Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo.