Showing posts with label Clint Hurdle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Clint Hurdle. Show all posts

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pirates hire Clint Hurdle, press conference tommorow

According to the Post-Gazette, The Pirates have hired Clint Hurdle, the former Texas Rangers' hitting coach, as their 39th manager, 10 days after interviewing him, an industry source said today.

Team president Frank Coonelly said the team will hold a press conference Monday morning to announce its new manager, though he would not say who that was. The press conference will be at 11 a.m.

That would leave the Mets with candidates such as Wally Backman (Long shot) , Bob Melvin, Terry Collins (Front Runner), Jose Oquendo (who will Interview Monday).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Mets are playing it safe by NOT selecting Backman

According to John Harper of NY Daily News, Collins, Melvin and Hurdle are leading contenders because they are considered a "safe" choice due to their previous big-league managerial experience.

"He's not completely out of it," one source said. "But something would have to change in the way the Mets are thinking."

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hurdle, Collins, Mevin top three... Oquendo might be in there? But where's Wally?

According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN -  New York, Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle and Bob Melvin have emerged as leading candidates in the New York Mets' search for a manager, according to sources familiar with the process.

Each has previous major league managerial experience and is expected to be invited back for a second-round interview.

A potential fourth candidate for a callback is current third base coach Chip Hale.

General manager Sandy Alderson indicated this week that he hoped to have first-round interviews completed by the weekend. He added that the list of managerial candidates may expand by one or two, but is largely complete.

One potential additional interviewee is ex-Met Jose Oquendo, who has spent the past 11 seasons as the St. Louis Cardinals' third base coach.

Alderson hired Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa as manager with the Oakland Athletics, and that relationship would serve as a natural bridge to Oquendo becoming a candidate.

Oquendo, 47, originally signed with the Mets in 1979, and was an infielder in the major leagues with the organization in 1983 and '84. He currently is in Puerto Rico, where he is running a youth academy with ex-Cardinal Eduardo Perez.

Alderson plans to be in San Juan on Saturday, for a trip that will include attending a fundraiser for Carlos Beltran's baseball academy, which is due to open in August 2011.

Alderson currently is in the Dominican Republic, where the itinerary included interviewing Triple-A Buffalo manager Ken Oberkfell, who is managing Escogido in that country's winter league.

Where is Wally Backman in the equation?

Wasn't there a recent report from CBS Radio that Wally Backman has been selected for a second interview?

I guess not, sorry WALLY !!!!!!! I hope this was a misprint.. It could be for bench coach?

We will have to see.........

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Big News: Wally Backman granted second interview with Mets

From CBS News: Wally Backman will be granted a follow-up interview with new GM Sandy Alderson for the Mets’ managerial opening, according to Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record. Backman, the second baseman for the Mets’ 1986 World Series championship club, was the manager of New York’s Class-A team in Brooklyn this year.

Alderson plans to hire a new manager by the winter meetings in early December. “It would probably be helpful for us to have a manager by end of the month. Another sort of logical deadline is Thanksgiving. I’m not sure we’re going to make that,” Alderson said Tuesday.

Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle and new Toronto bench coach Don Wakamatsu are scheduled for Wednesday.

Ken Oberkfell, the Mets Triple-A manager for the past six years, will be interviewed Thursday or Friday in the Dominican Republic, where he is managing in the winter league. One or two more candidates may be added.

“I think we’ve got some excellent candidates,” Alderson said. “I’ve been very pleased with those conversations.”

Alderson hopes to complete initial interviews this week and hold second interviews next week around the business, general managers and owners meetings in Orlando, Fla.

If I was a betting man (which I am), I bet the final three would be Backman, Collins, Hurdle. I really love the idea of having Backman as a possible manager.

Monday, November 08, 2010

State of the manager address from Sandy Alderson

Alderson sent out a statement on twitter: "On Saturday, I had good meetings in CA with Wally Backman, Terry Collins, and Chip Hale to discuss the Mets Manager position.”

“I am scheduled to interview DeMarlo Hale tomorrow at Citi Field and on Wednesday meet with Clint Hurdle and Don Wakamatsu."

Don Wakamatsu was just hired as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Blue Jays won't stop Wakamatsu from interviewing for or taking the Mets job should he become Alderson's choice. One wonders, however, if his willingness to jump into another job before selling himself to the Mets might be seen as a negative compared to other candidates who view the Mets job as their best/only opportunity this offseason.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Manager Watch: Backman says interview with Sandy goes well, Collins might be the frontrunner for the job

Single-A Brooklyn manager Wally Backman was interviewed Saturday in San Diego for the Mets’ managerial opening.  He had a three-hour sit-down meeting with new Mets GM Sandy Alderson and, according to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, it went smoothly.

"I thought it went very well," Backman told the Daily News Saturday night. "But out of respect to the Mets and the interview process, I'm not going to comment any further."

Backman led the Brooklyn Cyclones to a stellar 51-24 record this season and a playoff berth, but he has a checkered past that includes a DUI arrest, tax evasion and other financial and personal struggles. That past cost him a managing gig with the Diamondbacks in 2004.

Backman is the fans choice for the job, but many do not see him getting it like Jon Heyman of
Collins with Fred Wilpon last spring

The Mets also interviewed former Astros and Angels manager Terry Collins this weekend as well.

He was 444-434 (.506) in six seasons managing the Astros and Angels, but hasn’t been a skipper in the big leagues since 1999.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, a person who has talked to Mets officials in recent days believes that Collins is anywhere from "a strong candidate to the front-runner. I think it is possible that all the interviews are just covering bases and they already like Collins the best."

Collins, 61, has several assets that favor his candidacy, including likely endorsements from powerful voices to Alderson: Fred Wilpon and Paul DePodesta.

He was the preferred candidate of DePodesta, then the Dodgers general manager, to replace Jim Tracy after the 2005 season. But DePodesta was fired, in part because owner Frank McCourt said he did not like the managerial candidates lined up by DePodesta. Grady Little ultimately got the manager's job. DePodesta was a key advisor to Alderson with the Padres, and Alderson is trying to import DePodesta away from San Diego to the Mets, right now.

According to Joel Sherman,  his days working in the Dodgers farm system in the 1980s, Collins has a long-standing relationship with Sandy Koufax, who is buddies with Wilpon. When Koufax visited Mets camp in Port St. Lucie last spring, the Hall-of-Fame lefty said he was there to visit Collins, not Wilpon.

Anyone who has been around the Mets knows the reverence with which Wilpon holds Koufax and how much Koufax's word means to the Mets owner.

Even though my choice would be Clint Hurdle, it looks a though it might be Collins who has the upper hand because of all his Mets ties and endorsements.

The Mets still have Chip Hale to be interviewed this weekend and they still have external candidates like Clint Hurdle on the board for next week. Hurdle looks as though he can get the Pirates job if he wants it. 

Friday, November 05, 2010

Mets will talk to Hurdle about manager position next week

Add Clint Hurdle’s name to the list of potential Mets managers for next season.

Mike Puma from the NY Post has reported that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will contact Hurdle on Friday to arrange an interview for next week. Hurdle, who is a finalist for the Pirates managerial opening, played for the Mets in the 1980s and later served as a minor-league manager within the organization.

Alderson interviewed Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss for the job Thursday and will meet over the weekend with Wally Backman, Chip Hale and Terry Collins. Hurdle, 53, is believed to be the first candidate Alderson has contacted from outside the organization.

Hurdle, who guided the Rockies to the World Series in 2007, spent last season as the Rangers’ hitting coach.

I like Clint Hurdle from many aspects. The Mets offense was lacking last year and I think Hurdle's approach to hitting is a plus. He can always get a hitting coach that believes in the same philosophies as him.

He has postseason experience and MLB experience and was also a Met.

Update 4:57 PM

Link: Adam Rubin says he has humor and intelligence

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Mets look at Hurdle and others for manager position

Sandy Alderson is back to work at Citi-Field after he finished up on teaching classes at Berkley. Dan Martin of the New York Post says that Clint Hurdle could be a serious candidate for manager. Also in the mix would be Backman, Collins, Oberkfell, and Hale. I think Hurdle could be a contender of the crown just because of the work he has done for the Texas Rangers.

Clint Hurdle was the hitting coach of Texas Rangers who just lost the World Series to the SF Giants(Congrats). So that means he is up for grabs.. The Pirates apparently have interest too.

I am sadden to see the Rangers lose only because I was pulling for them because they had certain Mets ties. The GM Jon Daniels is a Mets fan and raised in Queens, and Nolan Ryan who pitched for the Mets is one of the owning partners. They also had Nelson Cruz who was a former Met and Frenchy, who was not really a rallying factor.

The Mets obviously could use a little boost in offense performance and motivation. The Mets can use Hurdle's approach on hitting. Hurdle is a believer of the "Mental side of hitting", which is a part of a system that Former Indian Steve Springer has designed. It was also a side story that was viewed during the post season.

Oh by the way, look who is also a believer just based on his testimonial, Daniel Murphy.
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