A Closer Look: Mets General Manager Candidate, Mike Chernoff

February 22, 2012; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians assistant general manager Mike Chernoff watches batting practice during spring training at the Cleveland Indians Player Development Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The “hot name” at the moment for the Mets for their general manager opening appears to be Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, according to Jon Heyman.

Chernoff, 37, is a New Jersey native and a graduate from Princeton University. He began his career with the Indians, and hasn’t left the organization since.

He was hired full-time and began his employment as director of baseball relations. In 2010, he was promoted to assistant general manager under Chris Antonetti.

He chose not to interview with the Padres in 2014 for their general managerial vacancy, and stayed with the Tribe. In the offseason following the 2015 season, Chernoff was promoted to General Manager and Antonetti to President of Baseball Operations.

Since he took over, the Indians have won three division titles and one American League Pennant. In three seasons under Chernoff, the Indians have gone 287-198.

They’ve also developed great young talent since he became assistant to the General Manager, the likes of Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Mike Clevinger, Trevor Bauer, Francisco Mejia and Shane Bieber, just to name a few.

The Indians have proven to be the class of the American League Central and have developed some of the better young talent in baseball, and most of that can be attributed to Mike Chernoff.

Chernoff already has a tie to New York and the market, as his father is the Vice President of WFAN Radio in New York City, which could create a conflict of interest.

As of now it is unkown as to if Chernoff will interview, but his name has been one frequently mentioned due to his ties to the Tri-State area, and previously expressed interest to return home to the area.

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