Mets.com posted a statement from Sandy Alderson regarding his interviews today, and his schedule meetings for the weekend.
“We had productive meetings today with Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss as we begin the interview process for our Manager position.”
“We’ve scheduled interviews with Wally Backman, Terry Collins, and Chip Hale this weekend in California.”
Updated 5:30 PM
Wally Backman will be interviewed on Saturday according to Bob Klapisch.
Original Post 11:00 AM
Today is the day Sandy Alderson begins to sit down and meet with potential candidates for the next manager of the New York Mets.
On the slate for this afternoon are Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss. Melvin, 49, spent last season as a scout with the Mets and served as Diamondbacks manager from 2005-09. Jauss, 53, was Manuel’s bench coach last season.
Last night, Alderson stated that he expects to have more information regarding the schedule of upcoming interviews with additional candidates later in the week.
Mike Puma of the NY Post reports that an interview has already been scheduled with Chip Hale for this weekend according to a source.
Puma also “speculates” that it leaves tomorrow open for a potential interview with Wally Backman, although nothing official has been reported.
Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are focusing on internal candidates for now and that it may also include Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell, Double-A manager Tim Teufel and Minor League field coordinator Terry Collins.
It has been widely reported that the Mets have not asked any other teams for permission to speak to other managerial candidates, although that could change next week.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to naming a new manager and Jon Heyman indicates that Clint Hurdle is the leading candidate. Hurdle had been mentioned as a potential candidate for the Mets manager opening by more than a few reporters in the past.
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