OCT. 31: Bogar is no longer in the running for the job, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Bogar’s elimination from the race “raises the chances” the Mets will hire Beltran, Perez, Shelton or Murphy, per Sherman.
OCT. 29: Depending upon one’s perspective, the Mets have either been exceedingly thorough or maddeningly indecisive in choosing their next skipper. As of yesterday, the club had advanced to a third round of interviews with at least five candidates still under consideration by ownership and GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
We’ll use this post to track the day’s developments in the hiring search. There are two threads of reporting on the topic at the moment.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network sees things beginning to move towards a conclusion. He tweets that only four men appear still to be under consideration: Tim Bogar, Eduardo Perez, Derek Shelton, and Carlos Beltran. That would indicate that recent entrant Pat Murphy has been dropped from the search — and that there aren’t any other candidates floating around.
Specifically, per Martino, Triple-A skipper Tony DeFrancesco has interviewed and may still be in the mix. The long-time minor-league manager took over the Mets’ top affiliate for Pedro Lopez, who had lasted only one season after replacing the inimitable Wally Backman.
By Martino’s reckoning, that may not be the only wrinkle left. He suggests there may still be “more going on than we know” behind the scenes in Queens. That could yet include “high-profile names” on the “periphery” of the process.
As we noted yesterday, there’s no real reason that the Mets need to rush through the final decision here. Several other teams have already lined up skippers and the other remaining searches appear to be focused on other names (or, in the case of the Pirates, temporarily stalled out). Still, it’s rather interesting to see such a lengthy and free-ranging hiring process, the well-publicized nature of which is sure to invite plenty of questions (and perhaps, ultimately, second-guessing) once the organization finally does set its course.