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And then there were two: Collins, Melvin appear to be finalists for the Mets job

Nov 14, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

Terry Collins

With Clint Hurdle looking more and more like he’s destined for Pittsburgh, it’s being reported that the Mets have narrowed their managerial search down to two men: Terry Collins and Bob Melvin.

While Jose Oquendo is on Sandy Alderson’s interview schedule, the New York Times is saying that he’s not “a serious contender.”  Same with AAA manager Ken Oberkfell. Which saddens me a bit, because (a) I liked Oquendo as a player, probably more than I should ever have liked a utility guy; and (b) with Ken Oberkfell being a former Brave, I could revive the conspiracy theory that Atlanta has been sending deep cover agents to infiltrate and ruin the Mets for years. Agent Glavine did such a good job, I’m sure that Agent Oberkfell could too.

But the saddest news in all of this is the apparent end of Wally Backman’s candidacy. Not for the Mets — I continue to believe that he wouldn’t be the best choice — but for the bloggers. I mean, I could easily have gotten another half dozen posts out of all of this, and no it appears that the party is over.

  1. Glenn - Nov 14, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    As revenge for ’86, I was hoping for Grady Little or John McNamara. Joe Kerrigan could have worked miracles as well.

    • chrisny3 - Nov 15, 2010 at 9:57 AM

      Hey, you got the next best thing – two vanilla managers with a proven track record for failing, and one of them who’s a notorious quitter and prone to alienate his own players. Be happy.

  2. happyjack62 - Nov 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Wow Dull and Duller, are there any seats still available? Seems like the MLB troika is looking to drive down sales, devalue the assets and the cut the value of the team so that the Wilpons will sell quickly. Is that what moneyball means?

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