Tag:Terry Collins
Posted on: November 21, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: November 21, 2010 4:49 pm

Davey Johnson endorses Terry Collins for Mets job

Johnson The Mets are gearing up to name their new manager as early as Monday, with the candidates down to four.

Of the four candidates remaining, Bob Melvin and Terry Collins appear to be the frontrunners, although Chip Hale and Wally Backman are still in the running.

If Davey Johnson had the job Sandy Alderson currently occupies, it appears as if his pick would be Collins, as the New York Post relays.

"If I was the GM, I would want somebody that best knew the whole system," Johnson said of Collins, who has been serving as the team's minor league field coordinator. "I'm sure Sandy agrees with this: People who know where talent is on the minor league level and how long it's going to take to get to the major leagues and how it will affect the major league roster, those are very important people. I would think [Collins] would be the frontrunner."

Johnson (pictured) draws on his own personal experience of having spent three seasons managing in New York's minors in endorsing Collins for the job, saying that with the Mets having to rebuild within, it's important to know who on the farm can be part of that process.

"When I first got there my first conversation with [GM] Frank Cashen was, 'I've got three or four guys on the minor league level that I would like in the majors.' " Johnson noted. "We talked about that. 'I'll go with your guys on the major league level, but if they are not cutting it, I want to be able to dump those guys and bring up guys from the minor leagues.' Whoever [Alderson] has that relationship with is very tantamount."

Johnson, who remains the only manager in history to lead the Mets to a World Series title, has a soft spot for Backman, who played under Johnson for five seasons. However, decisions have to be made with the mind, not the heart.

"It all boils down to who Alderson trusts the most," Johnson added. "When [Alderson] thinks he's going to be able to win and who is going to be the guy that helps put that schedule into place."

UPDATE : Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Bob Melvin will not be the next Mets skipper. That seems to clear the way for Collins.

-- 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 16, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:28 pm

Tuesday morning rumor roundup

Hot Stove The GM meetings are under way in Orlando, which means we can expect an avalanche of rumors (but little, if anything, actually happening) in the next few days. The commissioner's office is intent on getting some business expedited this week -- GMs were prohibited from bringing their assistants, and the days are dedicated to league business with team business left for the hallways and dinner tables.

Here are a few of the rumor bits currently floating around:

* Leo Mazzone, who turned down the Yankees' pitching coach job previously, will not be interviewed this time around. (Journal News )

* The Cardinals want to get a contract extension done with Albert Pujols "between now and the Christmas holiday." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch )

* The humidor at Coors Field will be addressed during the meetings. (Denver Post )

* Add the Braves to the list of teams interested in Dan Uggla. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

* Andrew Miller assumes he'll be a reliever in Boston. (MLB.com)

* The Mets' lack of discipline last year makes Terry Collins a good candidate for the Mets, though Bob Melvin made a strong impression on GM Sandy Alderson. (New York Post )

* Rockies free agent left-hander Jorge De La Rosa is the Pirates' top target. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review )

* There are 12 teams "interested" in third baseman Adrian Beltre. (SI.com)

-- David Andriesen

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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 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 12, 2010 9:55 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 9:56 pm

Mets to interview Oquendo

We keep hearing that the Mets' managerial search is winding down, but then it keeps winding back up. Friday morning there was a report that the field had been narrowed to three "leading candidates": Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Clint Hurdle.

However, the Mets aren't even done with the first round of interviews yet. On Friday afternoon, Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is scheduled to interview with the team on Monday. The Mets reached out to the Cardinals this week for permission to interview Oquendo.

"Managing in the big leagues is something I hope to do. The opportunity to interview with the Mets is exciting," Oquendo said.

Oquendo, 46, has been St. Louis manager Tony La Russa's third-base coach for 11 seasons. He previously has interviewed for managerial jobs in Seattle and San Diego.

-- David Andriesen

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