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UPDATE: Mets complete first round of interviews for manager

Nov 16, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

Sandy Alderson

UPDATE: The Wally Backman campaign is still alive and kicking, for some reason. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Backman has made it through to the second round of interviews for the Mets’ manager job.

The rest of the field played out as expected, as Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Chip Hale are the other finalists, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters today that he hopes to name a manager by Thanksgiving.

Hey, at least Craig can still have some more fun with this whole process.

7:21 PM: It’s done. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com just a short while ago that he has completed the first round of interviews for the team’s managerial vacancy.

“The first round is officially closed,” Alderson said. “We hope to bring back several candidates over the balance of this week. If everything goes as we hope, we could have the second round completed by the end of the week. There won’t need to be a Round 3. … I would say right now that it’s very possible we’d have a manager announced by Thanksgiving.”

Alderson did not acknowledge that a front-runner for the job existed, but Rubin expects that Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Chip Hale will all likely receive second interviews. “Organizational sources” tell Rubin that Collins is the favorite, with Melvin as the most likely alternative.

Right on cue, Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that the Mets have informed Hale that he is a finalist for the job. Hale just completed his first season as third base and infield coach with the club. He would likely stay with the organization if the Mets ultimately settle on Collins or Melvin.

  1. chrisny3 - Nov 17, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Obviously, Alderson found “some reason” other than “he wants to win” and “he wore the uniform” to spend another couple of hours or three to interview Backman a second time.

    Obviously, this is way more than kabuki theater to Alderson who otherwise wouldn’t waste his time — especially right after losing his father and while he’s still in scramble mode to get up to speed in a new job.

    And while some like Rubin continue to shamelessly stump for the already failed duo of Melvin and Collins, Alderson reiterated yesterday it was an open field and there was no foregone conclusion.

    I hope Backman or Hale win the job.

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