Tag:Chip Hale
Posted on: December 12, 2010 8:27 pm
 

Mets finalize coaching staff

The Mets have finalized their major-league coaching staff under new skipper Terry Collins.

SI.com's Jon Heyman reports that Mookie Wilson of the 1986 World Series fame will land as first-base coach opposite incumbent third-base coach Chip Hale. Wilson has minor-league managing experience but has served as baserunning coach in recent seasons.

Rounding out the staff that will appear on the field along with Hale and Wilson is bullpen coach Jon Debus who seems to be a Collins-related hire. Debus played in the Dodgers' minor league system from the 1970s-80s before coaching and managing in the farm system before serving as bullpen catcher in 2005. He then moved to Japan where he was on the coaching staff of the Orix Buffaloes.

In the dugout, Collins will be backed up by bench coach Ken Oberkfell, who skippered Triple-A in New York over the past few seasons. Alongside him will be hitting coach Dave Hudgens, who appeared in the majors briefly for the Athletics in 1983. He has served a variety of jobs, including as the Indians' minor-league field coordinator the last five seasons along with a previous gig in Oakland as a minor-league manager.

Dan Warthen will remain pitching coach and has been in that capacity since mid-2008.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 5:29 pm
 

Mets hope to make manager call soon

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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Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:52 pm
 

Mets to decide on manager soon

Bob Melvin The Mets should finish their search for a manager Sunday or Monday, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters at the general managers' meetings in Orlando on Wednesday.

Alderson said he expects a decision by Sunday or Monday and a press conference  on Tuesday.

Chip Hale and Bob Melvin (pictured) had their second interviews today, and based on what was said, well, it doesn't exactly change the popular belief that Hale and Wally Backman are getting courtesy interviews and the real race is between Melvin and Terry Collins. Collins and Backman are scheduled to interview Thursday.

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (via Twitter ), Alderson said Hale's interview was more about introducing him to Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi, while things were more detailed with Melvin's interview.

"In Bob's case, it was more detailed, more talk about coaching staff," Alderson said. "More detailed discussion of philosophy."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 9:12 pm
 

Mets have four managerial finalists

Mets third-base coach Chip Hale has been told he's a finalist for the managerial position, Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets .

Previously there had been reports that the Mets were down to two finalists for their managerial opening, Bob Melvin and Terry Collins. Public opinion to those reports haven't been positive.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson interviewed Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo on Monday. The team has also interviewed Dave Jauss, Wally Backman, DeMarlo Hale and Don Wakamatsu.

UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com quotes Alderson as saying the opening round of interviews is done.

"We hope to bring back several candidates over the balance of this week," Alderson said. "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."

UPDATE: Backman will also get a second interview, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News tweets .

UPDATE: The Mets have confirmed they're down to the four finalists: Hale, Melvin, Collins and Backman.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 4:10 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 5:34 pm
 

Mets search down to two: Collins, Melvin

Despite Jose Oquendo interviewing for the Mets' manager's job tomorrow, it appears that the team is down to two -- Terry Collins and Bob Melvin, the New York Times reports .

Clint Hurdle interviewed for the job, but is apparently headed to Pittsburgh. Ken Oberkfell interviewed on Friday, but the Times writes "neither Oberkfell nor Oquendo are considered serious contenders for the job."

The Mets have also interviewed Chip Hale, Dave Jauss, Wally Backman, DeMarlo Hale and Don Wakamatsu.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 2:17 pm
 

Mets narrowing manager search

Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle and Bob Melvin are the Mets' "leading candidates" for their open managerial position, ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reports .

Rubin says current third-base coach Chip Hale could be called back for another interview, while Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo could get an interview.

Hurdle has also interviewed for the still-vacant Pirates job, and appears to be the favorite there.

The Mets have already interviewed Dave Jauss, Don Wakamatsu, DeMarlo Hale and Wally Backman.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:02 pm
 

Backman to get another interview

Former Mets second baseman Wally Backman will get a second interview for the team's open managerial position, the Record reports .

Backman, who was the manager of the New York-Penn League Brooklyn Cyclones last season, was one of five internal candidates the Mets have already interviewed. Chip Hale, Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss were the first group to interview with the team.

On Tuesday, the team met with DeMarlo Hale and will meet Clint Hurdle and Don Wakamatsu. General manager Sandy Alderson said the team will also talk to Ken Oberkfell, the manager of the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, either Thursday or Friday in the Dominican Republic, where he is managing a winter league team. Alderson added there may be addition candidates interviewed this weekend.

"I have been very pleased with the conversations," Alderson said. "As far as a timetable is concerned, we certainly want to have a manager by the winter meetings. It would be helpful to have it done by the end of the month and a logical deadline is Thanksgiving. I'm not sure we're going to make that."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 7:28 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 12:06 am
 

Mets continue managerial search

Wally Backman The Mets say they will interview in-house candidates Wally Backman, Terry Collins and Chip Hale this weekend in California.

Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss met with new general manager Sandy Alderson in New York on Thursday.

"We had productive meetings today with Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss as we begin the interview process for our manager position," Alderson said in a statement released by the team.

Melvin, the former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager, has been seen as the favorite for a while, even before the team fired Jerry Manuel.

Jauss was the team's bench coach last season.

Backman (pictured) was named manager in Arizona in 2004 before off-the-field transgressions came to light and he was dismissed four days later, only to be replaced by Melvin. He managed the Mets' short-season team in the New York-Penn League. Backman was an infielder for the Mets' 1986 World Series team.

Collins managed the Astros and Angels in the 90s and was the Mets' minor league field coordinator this season.

Hale was the team's third-base coach this season.

The team has said it will start interviews with outside candidates next week.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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