Managerial Update: Kevin Long Interviews For Skipper

The first domino in the Mets manager search has fallen, as hitting coach Kevin Long has interviewed for the job, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

Long, 50, has served as hitting coach for the Mets since the 2015 season. Prior to that, he worked in the same capacity with the Yankees from 2007-14 and was also a coach in the Kansas City Royals organization after his playing career ended in 1997.

Mike Puma of the New York Post reported earlier this week that Long “has earned the trust of the Mets’ front office with his communication skills and grasp of analytics.”

He is currently not signed beyond the 2017 season, so if he misses out on the managerial position, there’s speculation he may not return. However, general manager Sandy Alderson said he expects him to stay, according to Puma.

In addition to Long, Alex Cora expects to be among the first wave of interviews for the open position, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN on Twitter.

The Tigers will also interview with the Tigers and has been rumored to be a consideration for the Red Sox, who just cut ties with manager John Farrell.

Other candidates expected to be part of the initial interview process include Joe McEwingRobin VenturaBrad AusmusChip HaleBob Geren and Sandy Alomar Jr.

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