Mets Bring Back Four For Next Round Of Interviews

The Mets are bringing four managerial candidates back for a second round of interviews: Tim Collins, Chip Hale, Bob Melvin, and Wally Backman. Newsday's Ken Davidoff, The New York Daily News' Andy Martino (both Twitter links), and ESPN's Adam Rubin each delivered the news. Collins was said to be the favorite for the job over the weekend.

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  1. Garafraxaguy 5 years ago

    Again. I think you mean Terry Collins.

    • oldmetfan 5 years ago

      This whole thing is a joke. They should have spent the money on Joe Torre who yes is available instead the front office. And more important while we play with managers free agents are disappearing. This is not a small time market its New York. Lets see what everyone says in June when the stands are not full and New York is at the bottom. Will the fans here accept we are building as an excuse to not winning. They never have.This whole thing is a met losing game and I have been a Met fan since the start.

  2. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    From being at Citi Field all the time this year, I can honestly say that the fans’ choice is Wally Backman…This little kid who I sit with there sometimes always shouts “Wally Backman” everytime Jerry Manuel came out to make a pitching change…If that doesn’t explain it enough, I’m not sure what does.

    • the_show 5 years ago

      One thing is for certain Backman would be entertaining

      • Slopeboy 5 years ago

        Not much more than the clowns out on the field

        • PookieGonzales 5 years ago

          Hey that was cool for a while. I wish we still had those guys.

          • Slopeboy 5 years ago

            Well, they’re all almost still on the team, except for the one that went to Texas late in the year. there’s still one that plays 2B, one in CF that plays occasionally, and the left-handed one now in the bullpen.

          • jimboslice9 5 years ago

            The one that plays second hopefully wont being playing a lot at second anymore. I heard he likes pine, maybe the new manager should give him a lot of it.

    • pastlives 5 years ago

      “If that doesn’t explain it enough, I’m not sure what does. ”

      hmm perhaps a second opinion from someone other than a little kid?

      so does this mean the Jays’ bench coach is staying put?

  3. I’d prefer a Tom Collins.

  4. Hits & Gigs 5 years ago

    Wait a second I though Tim Collins was traded to Atlanta as part of the YEscobar deal…

    Also nice to see that Wakamatsu will officially be staying in Toronto

  5. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    Hale please?

  6. PookieGonzales 5 years ago

    Thank god Hale(demarlo) is out of the running. If another red sox coach/front office guy goes I’m going to cry.

  7. foppington 5 years ago

    Except MAYBE for Chip Hale, this (Terry Collins, Bob Melvin, Wally Backman) blows. Worst of all, reports are unanimous that Collins is the front-runner–a two-time loser whose teams all come to hate him by the seventh inning stretch on Opening Day. Naturally, Jeff Wilpon’s favorite.

    • caseyB 5 years ago

      Actually it’s been reported that Collins is a favorite of Fred Wilpon due to their mutual ties to Koufax. Jeff Wilpon favors Wally Backman.

  8. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    this is turning into an American Idol type contest.

    • Ohhhplease 5 years ago

      YOU can expect Sandy Alderson to draw it out until everyone loses interest, SO glad he is not in San Diego anymore.

  9. I wonder why Jose Oquendo is not ask for another interview. He should be a very good manager, being tutored by TLR.

    • chaifetz10 5 years ago

      And every Cardinal fan dreams about him taking the reins the day Tony retires. Great coach and very aggressive when it comes to managing.

    • caseyB 5 years ago

      I’m guessing the fact he has zero experience as a manager at any level hurt him.

  10. caseyB 5 years ago

    I’m hoping it’s Wally Backman. Hale is acceptable. But Collins would be a big mistake, and forget Melvin. Hardly any of the Mets fans I know like Collins, the supposed frontrunner. None of us can understand the thought process behind that.

  11. I’m on the Chip Hale bandwagon. He seems like a perfect fit. I know he lacks the big league managerial experience, but he seems very passionate and overprepared. Not to mention I don’t think he’d take a lot of bullshit from anyone. If he’s not the manager I really hope he stays on the coaching staff.

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