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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 14, 2010 7:56 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 8:08 pm
 

Father of Mets G.M. Alderson killed

Sad news for new Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, his father, John Alderson, died early Sunday as the result of a traffic accident.

Alderson, 87, was struck as a pedestrian in St. Petersburg, Fla., according to ESPNNewYork's Adam Rubin .

Alderson was hit by a 21-year old drive while crossing the street at 11:54 p.m. Saturday night. He was transported to Bayfront Medical Center and pronounced dead 45 minutes later. No charges have been filed and an investigation is ongoing.

Alderson served in three wars -- World War II, Korea and Vietnam -- as a member of the Air Force.

Sandy Alderson was scheduled to interview Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo in Orlando on Monday for the Mets' vacant managerial position.

Deepest sympathies to the Alderson family.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 13, 2010 9:21 pm
 

Report: Mets could be down to Collins, Melvin


The New York Times reports that Terry Collins and Bob Melvin are getting second interviews for the Mets managerial job, and that those could be the only invitations extended.

Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle is another candidate the Mets like, but he's reported to be the top choice for the only other remaining opening, in Pittsburgh. A report Saturday said the Pirates are pushing to get that deal done, and at this point a sure thing with the Pirates might look better to Hurdle than a 1-in-3 shot with the Mets.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson interviewed Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell on Saturday and is scheduled to meet with Cardinals bench coach Jose Oquendo on Monday, but neither of those appear to be serious candidates. Five other candidates were interviewed but are thought to have been eliminated.

It should be interesting to see which way the Mets would go between Collins and Melvin, who have very different styles. Melvin is an analytical type who seems to fit the mold of Alderson and his recent front-office hires, but Collins, named in several reports as the front-runner, has a fiery personality that might suit the current Mets team better.

-- David Andriesen

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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 8, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 3:13 pm
 

Mets add DePodesta


In a move people have been speculating on since Sandy Alderson took over as Mets general manager, former Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta has been hired as vice president of player development and amateur scouting. He has been a vice president with the Padres for the past two years after being hired by Alderson.

DePodesta is a pioneer in the sabermetrics movement, a former assistant to Billy Beane in Oakland. This hire, along with last week's hiring of former Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi as a special assistant to Alderson, could signal a major shift in the Mets' organizational philosophy. It definitely signals that they're spending a lot of money on executives.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 2:47 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 2:47 pm
 

Mets interested in Hurdle

Clint Hurdle is reportedly the front-runner for the Pirates' managerial job, but he may want to hold out accepting that post until he talks to the Mets.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post (via Twitter ), Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will contact Hurdle today and hope to interview him next week.

The Mets are interviewing internal candidates this weekend in California and expect to interview external candidates next week in New York.

On Thursday, Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss met Alderson in New York for interviews.

-- 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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Posted on: November 2, 2010 6:55 pm
 

Mets hire J.P. Ricciardi

Ricciardi The Mets beat out the Red Sox for the services of J.P. Ricciardi, the ex-Blue Jays GM that will help build up a new way of doing things in New York.

Ricciardi, fired in 2009 and serving as an ESPN analyst since, joins Sandy Alderson in New York with a big task in front of him. The Mets have a thin farm system, a bloated major-league team with no discernible direction and a mess behind the scenes.

With the title special assistant to the GM, the Mets announced Ricciardi will also assist Alderson in all aspects of the baseball operations department.

"J.P. brings a wealth of knowledge and a breadth of experience to the organization," said Alderson. "I worked with him for over a decade in Oakland and I know first hand he's a superb talent evaluator. He'll be a tremendous resource in a variety of areas."

Ricciardi does have ties to the Mets, playing for the team from 1980-81 after signing as an undrafted free agent. He was teammates with current Athletics GM Billy Beane while with Class A in 1980.

"I couldn't be more excited about being reunited with Sandy," said Ricciardi. "We enjoyed tremendous success together in Oakland and it's my goal to help duplicate that here with the Mets. As a former Met farm hand, it's a double homecoming for me."

-- Evan Brunell

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