Here’s a comprehensive list of managerial candidates as compiled by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. What’s interesting to me is the omission of Wally Backman and Chip Hale who seem to be the prime choices for Mets fans.
DRAWING SIGNIFICANT INTEREST
Eric Wedge: The former Indians manager already has interviewed with the Cubs and Blue Jays. He also figures to draw interest from the Pirates, whose G.M., Neal Huntington, previously worked for the Indians.
Bob Melvin: He, too, has interviewed with the Cubs and Blue Jays. Melvin, the former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager, also is expected to receive strong consideration from the Brewers.
Ted Simmons: The Padres’ bench coach is on the Marlins’ short list. He also is a likely candidate for the Mariners and a possible fit for the Brewers, one of his former clubs.
Tim Wallach: Bypassed by the Dodgers for Don Mattingly, he is viewed by some as a leading candidate for the Blue Jays. Also on the Marlins’ short list.
Mike Quade, Ryne Sandberg: Only one can get the Cubs’ job — and perhaps neither will. Sandberg has spoken with the Blue Jays. Quade could be a steal for the Pirates or Brewers.
OTHER FORMER MANAGERS
Bobby Valentine: Still prominent as a candidate for the Marlins and also for the Mets.
Don Wakamatsu: Has interviewed with Blue Jays; fallback position could be a place on Buck Showalter’s coaching staff with the Orioles.
Jim Fregosi: Candidate for Marlins.
Don Baylor: Interviewed with Blue Jays.
Ken Macha: Pittsburgh is his home, but after his difficulties connecting with the Brewers, he might not fit with a young Pirates team.
Clint Hurdle, John Gibbons, Willie Randolph: All were major-league coaches last season and could manage again.
Joey Cora, White Sox: Thought to be a leading candidate for the Mariners.
John Farrell, Red Sox: The clause in his contract that prevented him from pursuing a managerial position was in effect only through the end of this season. Farrell is free to pursue jobs — and interested in managing.
Ron Roenicke, Angels: The Rays’ Joe Maddon and Padres’ Bud Black both came from Mike Scioscia’s staff.
Bo Porter, Diamondbacks: On the Marlins’ short list.
Dave Martinez, Rays: Attracting interest from at least one unidentified club.
Pat Listach, Nationals: A former NL Rookie of the Year with the Brewers and former minor-league manager in the Cubs’ system.
DeMarlo Hale, Tim Bogar, Red Sox: Sox officials expect both to receive interviews.
Rob Thomson, Yankees: Ontario native figures to draw consideration from Blue Jays.
Pete Mackanin, Phillies: Fared well as interim for Pirates in ’05 and Reds in ’07.
Steve Liddle, Scott Ullger, Twins: Isn’t it time someone tried to copy the Twins’ way?
Ron Wotus, Giants: Long seen as a potential manager; postseason berth will further raise profile.
Jose Oquendo, Cardinals: Possible replacement for La Russa.
Rick Renteria, Randy Ready, Padres: Both were viewed as possibilities for the Diamondbacks before the team named Kirk Gibson manager.
Most of the New York beat writers keep sounding off on either Valentine, Backman and Hale, but none seem to appear high on national manager rankings. Also, no other team with managerial openings, except maybe the Marlins on Valentine, have any interest in any of the three candidates the Mets might be considering. I hope we’re not closing the door on some better qualified managers just so we can pick a manager to sell more season ticket packages rather than getting more wins and playing better baseball.
On The GM Front
There’s a bunch of rumors floating out there about who the Mets are interested in for the GM spot, but honestly I’ll just recap them all at the end of the week. Every hour it seems the Mets are interested in someone new and quite frankly it seems kind of silly to jump online and post every single GM rumor that comes out.
The bottom line is that the Mets are interested in 30 or so different GM candidates, as well they should be. They admitted as much, no need to give the blow by blow for each name. The other part to that is that they have not interviewed anybody for the job yet, nobody. When we do hear something significant, you can bet that either me or one of my co-bloggers on MMO will keep all of you updated.