If reports are correct, it appears as if one of these three guys will be the next manager of the NY Mets. Joel Sherman of the NY Post has been the only one to make the decree that Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, and Bob Melvin are indeed the three finalists to take the job, but others in the know seem to think the Mets are leaning in that direction as well. Sorry Mets fans, that means no Wally Backman or no Chip Hale (I am not sure how many folks are actually bummed about this, but I wanted to see him get a shot).
We’ve gone through the Terry Collins bio. He has deep ties to Fred Wilpon’s hero Sandy Koufax and new front office employee Paul DePodesta and was highly praised for his instructional work in the Mets minor league system in 2010. He is characterized by people who know him and who have covered him as the fiery type, who alienated some of his players during his previous two managerial stints with the Houston Astros and Anaheim Angels. All the buzz is that Collins is likely going to be the guy. After that happens, I am taking a wild guess here, but I don’t think disenchanted fans going to flock to Citi Field to buy season tickets.
Since I really don’t know a damn thing about Bob Melvin besides the fact that he managed the Arizona Diamondbacks to the NLCS in 2007, here is Sherman’s take:
“Melvin is known as the opposite with an even-keel personality, and the Mets brass like his intellect and comfort in New York. But the Mets know they are not going to wow their fans with the addition of a star player this offseason and wonder, therefore, about the wisdom of trying to sell a manager with a vanilla temperament to their faithful.”
As I begun this entry, news about the third candidate, Clint Hurdle, possibly being on the verge of being hired as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates had begun to filter out. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com broke the news here. Earlier today on WFAN, Jon Heyman told Evan Roberts that Hurdle really wowed Sandy Alderson and crew during his first round interview and may have stepped up his chances of landing the gig a notch or two.
Hurlde, a former met, served as the hitting coach for the World Series runners-up Texas Rangers last season and of course guided the Colorado Rockies to their one and only World Series appearance in 2007 (ironically beating Melvin’s D’Backs in the NLCS along the way). Clearly, his managerial resume stands out above the other two, which makes it all the more likely that he won’t get the job. Sorry, I know it’s a new regime and we’re supposed to have positive vibes flowing, but until positive results become tangible, I am going to continue to be the same skeptic I’ve been for the past four years.
To sum it up, it looks like the Mets have their sights set on a group of retread managers and by many accounts, a decision could be made by the end of next week. Then we can all officially jump for joy.