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Report: Mets request permission to interview Al Avila

Oct 16, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

Al Avila

According to Adam Rubin of, the Detroit Free-Press reports that the Mets have requested permission to interview Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila for their general manager vacancy. Ken Rosenthal of mentioned Avila as a possibility earlier this week.

Avila has worked under Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers since 2002, but has also spent time as a special assistant to then-Pirates GM Dave Littlefield and as director of scouting with the Marlins. He has interviewed for general manager positions with the Reds, Orioles, Mariners and Diamondbacks and was a finalist for the job which went to Jack Zduriencik in October of 2008.

Call me cynical, but this sure feels like the Mets simply fulfilling their obligation to consider a minority candidate before hiring who they really want.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 16, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Al Avila….don’t they operate out of North Yemen or something?

    • 64cardinals - Oct 17, 2010 at 11:54 AM

      Wow, you’re going to make fun of a guy and compare him to a group of murdering cowards who base their idealogy off of a book, just becasue your mind has found some connection between his name and their’s? A connection no else would have ever thought of?

      You’re a dick.

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 16, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Old Gator’s are also a minority; however, I do not believe that baseball has a stated policy about interviewing minorities. As far as I know the policy only applies to the NFL.

    • D.J. Short - Oct 16, 2010 at 8:02 PM

      It’s a weird thing. You’re right in that minority candidates don’t have to be interviewed, but it is a requirement that they are “considered.” The commissioner’s office must be kept in the loop regarding candidates for positions such as manager and general manager. The Mets always try to stay in the good graces of the commissioner’s office — see how they fail to go overslot on draft picks, for instance — so it’s no surprise that Avila is coming in.

    • Old Gator - Oct 16, 2010 at 11:15 PM

      Ackcherley, we’re overprotected and overpopulative. We’re getting into swimming pools and residential areas and attacking hominids with increasing regularity. We’re eating their dogs and scaring their maids. Last year was a record for fatal old gator attacks on talking hairless apes – although it was also a record year for beer sales and the two facts have real synergy, as in beer + stupidity + talking hairless apes + gators = unprecedented number of maulings. Truth is, there are too many of us. I should probably be gaffed, hauled out and shot and made into pocketbooks for Mercedes Mamas and Beemer Bitches.

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