Showing posts with label Mets Manager Candidates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets Manager Candidates. Show all posts

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Davey Johnson: Collins is best fit for Mets

In the NY Post,  Mets Hall of Fame Manager  Davey Johnson thinks that Terry Collins should be the front-runner based on his knowledge with the whole organization. He also thinks that Wally Backman would have to be fourth on the list because his lack of experience.  He even had something to say about Bobby Valentine.

"If I was the GM, I would want somebody that best knew the whole system," Johnson said. "I'm sure Sandy agrees with this: People who know where talent is on the minor league level and how long it's going to take to get to the major leagues and how it will affect the major league roster, those are very important people. I would think [Collins] would be the frontrunner."

Johnson says the Mets probably have to rebuild from within, and that makes Collins an asset. Johnson

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mets Rumors: Does Wally have a chance?

According to Mike Silva's NYBD, Dino Costa of the Mad Dog Show on Sirius Satellite says he has “impeccable sources” that implicate that Wally Backman will be named the next manager of the New York Mets..

Of course many other sources have Bob Melvin the front runner of this 3 horse race with Chip Hale at a far distance.

I would be elated if Wally would get his shot and prove he is worthy.

The Mets will continue the process tomorrow because Sandy Alderson had to be with his family during the memorial services for his late father.

We should hear more rumbling tomorrow ... Stay tuned

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Breaking News?: Wally Backman has become the front runner for Mets manager job

According to Greg Tortoro of the Seven Train to Shea, he claims that he has good source that Wally Backman gave a good push and has overwhelmed Alderson to be the front runner.

Wally Backman blew away Sandy Alderson in his second interview today, and has become the front-runner for the Mets Managerial Job. He advised that Backman showed the kind of passion this team is looking for.

We are trying to confirm this,  Joel Sherman of the NY Post is saying no way via twitter

Wally is still my choice to be next manager

The New York Mets are still in the hunt for a new manager. Out of the finalist, everyone has Collins the favorite, followed by Melvin , who is regarded highly.

I do not want to see the Mets hire Terry Collins. The Mets points to hire Collins is that he does have Major league experience. Also by being a minor league coordinator last year, he did get to know the minor leagues and might make him a viable part in rebuilding the Mets.

The problem I don't like about Collins is I don't think he is a New York sort of guy. He really seems like a guy who could run a Major League team in the southern part of the country , then New York. No real Mets fan want to see him on the hot seat.

Of course, winning would change my opinion of the man, but that remains to be seen.
He only has a career record of 444-434.

Bob Melvin seems to be laid back, intelligent kind of guy. In 2007, he was the National League Manager of the Year when he led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a division title. He worked for the Mets' organization last season as a pro scout. He is regarded as a calm, analytical thinker ( which seems to fit with the new front office). He would have to be my second choice.

Chip Hale has been compared to other managers like Gardenhire, but it looks like he might not be ready to take the dive to manager because he has no MLB managerial experience. He impressed the organization with work ethic and professionalism last year in his first season. He was a successful minor league manager who was named Class AAA manager of the year in his final season before heading to the majors. The one thing about

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's true, Wally Backman will get a second interview

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Wally Backman will get a second interview with the Mets for the managerial job, according to the Daily News.

Assuming that's correct, the final four will be Terry Collins, Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and Backman.

That's the order Rubin would handicap the race........

Be happy Mets Fans , it's not over, till it's over...............

First Round Done in Manager Search

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday at the GM meetings that the organization had completed its first-round interviews, and that three to four candidates would be called back for second interviews, which should include speaking with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

Rubin has strong expectation that Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Chip Hale are three candidates to be called back -- and that's the order of likelihood they will be hired by the Mets as manager.

Alderson did not announce the finalists, but said he hoped to make them public

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Video: Wright talks about Alderson, Managers, and More...

This video was shot yesterday courtesy of  ESPN NY.

It looks more than likely that Terry Collins will be the next Mets manager....

According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY , Terry Collins has emerged as the favorite to become New York Mets manager, according to an organization source.

Collins, currently the organization's minor league field coordinator, has strong supporters in chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and newly hired VP for player development and amateur scouting Paul DePodesta, who once was prepared to hire Collins as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers before being pushed out as GM there.

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

Jose Oquendo wil be interviewed on Monday

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York,  Jose Oquendo will interview for the Mets' managerial job on Monday in Orlando, the site of this year's GM Meetings.

ESPN: Teufel NOT a candidate for manager

From ESPN:  

Sandy Alderson mentioned he may add one or two final candidates to the managerial interview mix, he apparently was not speaking about Tim Teufel. Multiple sources familiar with the process do not believe the former Mets infielder would be interviewed for the managerial position, even though he is thought of highly.

Teufel, 52, managed Double-A Binghamton this past season after spending the previous two seasons at the helm of Class A St. Lucie.

He played for the Mets from 1986-91, during an 11-year major league career.

Teufel could emerge as a candidate for the coaching staff, but that is for discussion down the road. He has existing relationships with two of the strongest candidates for manager --
Terry Collins (who presided over the minor leagues this past season) and ex-Met player/minor league manager Clint Hurdle.

I never thought he was in serious consideration for the job. He probably does not fit the description of a fiery manager. Anyway,  we can move on.......

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.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Ken Oberkfell will interview for Mets manager position

Ken Oberkfell, who has managed the Mets’ Triple-A team for most of the last six years, will get a chance to interview for the opening with the big-league team.

Oberkfell has certainly paid all of his dues. He was Baseball America’s Minor League Manager of the Year in 2005. He’s managed the Mets’ Triple-A franchise through stops in Norfolk, New Orleans and Buffalo, with the only interruption coming when he became the team’s major league first-base coach for a spell in 2008 after Willie Randolph was fired as manager.

He’s even managing at this very moment. The interview will take place in the Dominican Republic because he’s trying to lead the Leones del Escogido to a second straight DWL championship.

A 16-year major leaguer, Oberkfell hit .278/.351/.362 with six clubs between 1977 and 1992. He had little power, but he amassed a 356/546 K/BB ratio in 4,874 career at-bats.

Oberkfell will be the seventh candidate interviewed by the Mets, joining fellow team employees Wally Backman, Terry Collins, Chip Hale, Dave Jauss and Bob Melvin and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Still on tap are Clint Hurdle and Don Wakamatsu.

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

Adam Rubin: DeMarlo Hale will interview for Manager Position Tues or Wed

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, DeMarlo Hale will interview for the New York Mets managerial vacancy on Tuesday or Wednesday, Comcast SportsNet reports.

Hale, 49, became manager Terry Francona's bench coach with the Boston Red Sox last season after spending the previous four years as Boston's third base coach. He served as Texas Rangers first base and outfield coach from 2002 to 2005.

Hale's managerial experience includes seven seasons in the minors, including two seasons with Triple-A Oklahoma, in 2000 and 2001. He also interviewed for the Toronto Blue Jays managerial job this offseason.

The Mets have acknowledged already interviewing five internal candidates: scout Bob Melvin, minor league fielder coordinator Terry Collins, bench coach Dave Jauss, third base coach Chip Hale and Class A manager Wally Backman.

A sixth internal candidate, Triple-A Buffalo manager Ken Oberkfell, is expected to interview with GM Sandy Alderson in the Dominican Republic, where Oberkfell is managing Escogido in the Dominican Winter League.

Melvin has managed in the majors with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. Collins has managed the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels.

Interviews with external candidates are due to begin this week.

Other strong external candidates are believed to include former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu and former Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle.

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
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