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Confirmed: Mets to interview Jose Oquendo for managerial vacancy

Nov 12, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

Jose Oquendo

Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle and Bob Melvin remain the favorites in the Mets’ managerial derby, but one wildcard candidate has emerged in the past 24 hours. As hinted by Adam Rubin of earlier this afternoon, the Mets will indeed interview Jose Oquendo next Monday in Orlando before the GM meetings get underway, according to David Lennon of New York Newsday.

Oquendo confirmed the upcoming interview to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“Managing in the big leagues is something I hope to do. The opportunity to interview with the Mets is exciting,” Oquendo said.

Oquendo, an ex-Met, has spent the past 11 seasons as Tony La Russa’s third base coach with the Cardinals. He has previously interviewed for manager jobs with the Mariners and the Padres, who were then led by, you guessed it, new Mets GM Sandy Alderson. The Mets are expected to settle on someone with previous experience — hence the favorites listed above — but the La Russa connection has to help his chances.

  1. Adam - Nov 13, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    They should hire him. With his versatility he could be the 3rd base coach, 1st base coach, pitching coach, hitting coach and manager in the same game.

  2. gogigantos - Nov 13, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    I fear his utility not,
    so long as Atlee ^^%&^*%$ Hammaker isn’t in my dugout
    grrrrrrrr Joe (*&^(*&^*^ Oquendo
    really I blame Candy (*^*(&^(&^ Maldonado for single handedly losing the Dravecky game,,,,,,,,,,,

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