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Mets likely to introduce new manager on Tuesday

Nov 17, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

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The Mets interviewed Bob Melvin and Chip Hale on Wednesday for their managerial opening.  On Thursday, they’ll interview the other two finalists — Wally Backman and Terry Collins.  Assuming all goes according to plan and there’s no need for an abrupt schedule change, the Mets will then announce their new new skipper at a press conference Tuesday.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson relayed this all to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin late Wednesday evening.

Alderson and Co. went on an extensive search for Jerry Manuel’s replacement this fall, interviewing over 10 candidates in all.  They settled on four finalists this week at the GM Meetings in Orlando, Florida and by Thursday evening all four of those men will have met and spoken with Mets officials.

As of now, there isn’t a clear front-runner, but SI.com’s Jon Heyman and a few other New York-based writers suspect that Melvin will win the job.  He certainly seemed confident after his interview Wednesday, telling reporters that “we have the pieces to compete.”

  1. happyjack62 - Nov 18, 2010 at 7:10 AM

    “we have the pieces to compete.” Too funny, he used the “We” word. FYI three of these candidates have contracts with the Mets so “we” is the organization they work for. It’s not like “he” read a statement prepared by “them” to include “we”. You guys are like human enigma decoders.

  2. BC - Nov 18, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    I’ll say it again: They hire Backman, and I’m hunting for a new team.

  3. umrguy42 - Nov 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    I’m selfishly glad that it appears that Jose Oquendo will be staying with my Cards for a while (would like to see him as heir apparent to TLR, to be honest, want to see what he’s got).

  4. happyjack62 - Nov 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Still waiting for the Wally knockers to make a case for Melvin or Collins. I can’t be Hale as he has far less experience than Backman. So without using Backman, why are you excited by Melvin or Collins.

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