Klapisch: Mets Press Conference On Tuesday

An article by posted on November 18, 2010

According to Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record, the Mets have told SNY to be at Citi Field on Tuesday for a press conference.

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Here is a collection of facts, quotes, etc. from all four managerial candiadtes that were taken after each of their second interviews yesterday and today. I also threw in my projected odds for each one getting the job.

Sandy Alderson reminded reporters that he will make an announcement no later than Sunday or Monday, and that a press conference at Citi Field could happen on Tuesday.

“I’m confident with what will take place over the next two or three days,” Alderson said. “I’m confident we will get to a decision within the next two or three days, without characterizing where we are at this moment.”

Here are the final four candiates.

Wally Backman 

What We Know – Fiery and intense personality, plenty of lower level managing experience, led Brooklyn Cyclones to division title, winning attitude, his players would go through a wall for him, some baggage, but has kept his nose clean or a few years. Could manage Port St. Lucie if manager job falls through for him.

You Can Quote Them - “He really cares about the game. He really cares about his players. And he cares about winning.  know he’s been through some tough times, but he is seriously one of the best guys I’ve ever met in baseball. He helped me out a ton.” - Dan Uggla

Odds – 15:1

Terry Collins

What We Know - Experience, patience, Mets minor league field coordinator, highly regarded by the Mets owners. managed Astros and the Angels compiling a combined 444-434 record, lost clubhouse as Angels skipper, had a DUI 10 years ago but has been open about it..

You Can Quote Them - “I’ve been very, very lucky in the fact that I had a chance to coach and manage in the major leagues. So I feel like I have good idea what it takes to play there.”

Odds – 20:1

 Chip Hale

What We Know - Fiery personality and highly regarded mangerial prospect, served as Mets third base coach, managed Arizona’s Triple-A team from 2004 to 2006, won the Pacific Coast League and Triple-A championships, he knows the Mets players and may stick as a coach if he doesn’t get the managers job.

You Can Quote Them - “I’m glad I got a chance to come and talk to them again.” Clearly, Chip Hale is a man of few words.

Odds – 50:1

Bob Melvin

What We Know - Professional, low key guy, big on fundamentals, managed the Mariners and Diamondbacks posting a combined 493-508 record, named NL Manager of the Year in 2007. Served as a scout for the Mets this past season. Has been gaing steam and considered the front runner now.

You Can Quote Them - “I don’t look at it as a rebuilding process. I look at it as we have the pieces here with this club to compete. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. Every offseason you look to tweak a little bit and make some changes if you think there were deficiencies the year before, but that’s not unlike anywhere else. Certainly with the payroll this team has it gives you enough resources to be able to compete every year.”

Odds – 15:1

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