The New York Mets have started the process of interviewing candidates for their open managerial position. The first round of interviews is expected to conclude later this week.
After the resignation of Terry Collins earlier this month, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has to figure out who will be in the dugout leading his team next season.
The Mets are reportedly conducting six interviews this week for their vacant managerial position. Although the complete list is not known, five candidates have been confirmed. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported the list of known names that the Mets are planning to interview.
These five names have come up a lot in discussions about who will be the Mets manager in 2018. Alex Cora is reportedly the favorite to become the next manager of the Boston Red Sox, so his name could come off of the list very soon. Joe McEwing, a popular ex-Met, has been a coach with the Chicago White Sox since 2012. There is a good chance that he could make it to the final round of interviews.
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Another interesting candidate who the Mets are considering to be their next manager is Manny Acta. He has spent the past two seasons as the third base coach for the Seattle Mariners. He held this same position for the Mets from 2005-2006. Acta also managed the Washington Nationals from 2007-2009, and was the manager of the Cleveland Indians from 2010-2012, just before Terry Francona was hired.
Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway is also set to interview with the New York Mets. He has been a coach with the Indians since 2013. While with the Indians, he has helped oversee the development of talented young pitchers such as Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer.
As of right now, it appears as though Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is the frontrunner to become the team’s next manager. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Long is regarded as the favorite as the interview process begins.
Long definitely has the experience to be the manager of the New York Mets. He has been the team’s hitting coach since 2015. That was the season the Mets started to turn things around and they ended up reaching the World Series. Before his time with the Mets, Long was the hitting coach for the New York Yankees from 2007-2014.
It will be interesting to see which managerial candidates emerge after the New York Mets conduct their first round of interviews this week. Long and McEwing seem to be the two favorites right now. In the coming weeks, Alderson will have a big decision to make.