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Mets hope to make manager call soon

Posted on: November 18, 2010 5:29 pm
 
Sandy Alderson
The Mets have finished parading their Final Four through the Orlando Waldorf Astoria, and general manager Sandy Alderson's post-interview comments to reporters left some of them with the impression the team might have already reached a consensus.

Terry Collins and Wally Backman interviewed Thursday, a day after Bob Melvin and Chip Hale. Alderson indicated a decision could be coming "in the next two to three days." The memorial service for Alderson's father, who was struck and killed by a car last weekend, is scheduled for Saturday, so look for the Mets to either strike quickly with an announcement on Friday or wait until Monday.

All indications are that the Mets are down to Collins and Melvin, and they represent two very different approaches and personalities. Melvin is known as staid and analytical, while Collins is fiery and emotional (Ken Davidoff of Newsday , meeting Collins for the first time this week, called him "intense to the point of being off-putting").

Watching what everyone has said and done in this situation, I've got a feeling it's going to be Melvin. The former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager meshes well with the style of Alderson and the front-office staff he's been assembling. I worked with Melvin on an almost daily basis for two years when he managed in Seattle, and he's both extremely intelligent and much more competitive than people assume from his under-control demeanor. He's similar in comportment and approach to Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon, who has worked wonders. Fans will scream "boring" if Melvin is the pick, but Alderson knows public opinion doesn't win ballgames.

-- David Andriesen

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Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2010 5:51 pm
 

Mets hope to make manager call soon

If boring wins ballgames then how come Bob Geren is such a failure as the manager of Oakland? The A's need some fire in its manager. But I do see how being boring can be an asset. Bruce Bochy led the Giants to a WS win this season and most experts predict that he will lead them back to the WS next season. I don't know about that. Anything can happen in a year.....but as people like to ask..."Why not the SF Giants"? 


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