Lot’s of buzz in the Mets blogosphere today as both Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman are feeling that Terry Collins is now the frontrunner for the Mets managerial opening.
First, Heyman reported via Twitter, that he’s been hearing Terry Collins’ name mentioned more and more regarding the Mets managerial job, and he believes it’s very valid.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post, goes a little further.
Alderson is scheduled to interview Terry Collins this weekend in San Diego and a person who has talked in recent days with Mets officials left those conversations believing Collins is anywhere from “a strong candidate to the front-runner. I think it is possible that all the interviews are just covering bases and they already like Collins the best.”
Collins, 61, has several assets that favor his candidacy, including likely endorsements from powerful voices to Alderson: Fred Wilpon and Paul DePodesta.
Wally Backman, who will be interviewed today, is not the only manager who has the fiery personality that Alderson alluded to in his initial press conference. Collins has a strong reputation in that area as as well, but with the added bonus of the major league managerial experience he may be looking for as well.
Yesterday, David Lennon of Newsday, reported that people who are close to Alderson expect him to favor candidates with managerial experience, which Sherman confirms in his article today as well.
Another such candidate, Clint Hurdle, has already been scheduled for an interview this week according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.
There seems to be a ton of lobbying going on for all these candidates almost as if it were an election with many Mets bloggers making endorsements for or against candidates. Joe Janish of Mets Today is doing his part to drive support for his guy Wally Backman, while Sam Page of Amazin Avenue gives Backman the thumbs down.
One big wild card that Sherman talks about is Dodgers Hall of Famer, Sandy Koufax, who just happens to be one of Fred Wilpon’s closest friends. I will let Sherman explain:
From his days working in the Dodgers farm system in the 1980s, Collins has a long-standing relationship with Sandy Koufax, who is buddies with Wilpon. When Koufax visited Mets camp in Port St. Lucie last spring, the Hall-of-Fame lefty said he was there to visit Collins, not Wilpon. Anyone who has been around the Mets knows the reverence with which Wilpon holds Koufax and how much Koufax’s word means to the Mets owner.
Collins has managed the Houston Astros, all winning seasons, and then guided the Angels to three second place finishes before re-signing. He was most recently the Mets Minor League Coordinator.
I really don’t know how or why candidates get named as the frontrunner even before those candidates are even interviewed, but what do I know. They said the same exact things about Sandy Alderson being a frontrunner as soon as the season ended, and of course it turned out that they were right.