Mike Puma of the New York Post spoke with Hall of Fame manager, former Cardinals and D-Backs executive, and current Red Sox vice president, Tony La Russa about the New York Mets current search for a general manager.
The name that La Russa focused on was St. Louis director of player development and former Mets director of scouting, Gary LaRocque.
“I don’t want to disrespect anyone who is being considered, but there isn’t going to be anyone who is better than [LaRocque]. Whoever the best candidates are, he is right there at least tied with them.”
La Russa told a story about being “denied permission by the Cardinals” to bring LaRocque into the fold for “a position he said would have been equivalent to general manager” when he was at the helm in Arizona. Dave Stewart ended up with the job, but La Russa came away impressed.
“I had a high opinion of [LaRocque],” he said. “And when I heard his presentation I was blown away.” As for the Mets gig, La Russa believes Gary LaRocque is “special and his name should be considered”.
The Mets have confirmed four of their interviewees, LaRocque, current MLB executive Kim Ng, Doug Melvin, and Nationals special assistant De Jon Watson, with initial appointments scheduled to start this past Monday.