Mets To Interview Alex Cora For Manager Job This Week

A report by David Lennon and Marc Carig  of Newsday, says that Alex Cora and Joe McEwing will interview with the Mets this week for the vacant managerial position, according to industry sources.

Cora, 41, is currently the bench coach for the Houston Astros and has emerged as one of the top available managerial candidates this offseason.

Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe reports that Cora is also being interviewed by the Boston Red Sox on Sunday for their open manager position after firing John Farrell earlier in the week.

The 14-year major league veteran has played for six teams in his career including stints with the Mets (2009-2010) and Red Sox (2005-2008).

Cora has no major league managerial experience but has racked up an impressive resume including general manager of the Puerto Rican team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and tenures as GM and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Former Met and current Astro Carlos Beltran heartily endorsed Cora last week for a managerial position citing his leadership and the way he’s handled himself as a coach for the Astros.

“Alex has been a huge part of this team,” said Beltran. “He will be a great manager. He takes a lot of pride in studying the game. He takes a lot of pride into his relationship with the players.”

You can read more about Joe McEwing here.

I’d be thrilled with Cora as our new Mets manager, but I’m thinking he’d see the Red Sox situation as being a lot better than the Mets – whose outlook for 2018 is very uncertain right now.

Other potential candidates include hitting coach Kevin Long, former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, former Mets Robin Ventura and Sandy Alomar Jr., and former coaches Bob Geren and Chip Hale.

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