Mets Hire Terry Collins As Next Manager

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Reports: Mets To Hire Terry Collins As Next Manager

After a month-long managerial search, the New York Mets have reportedly found their man to replace Jerry Manuel.

Reports from both ESPN New York's Adam Rubin and Newsday's David Lennon have the Mets hiring Terry Collins as their next manager.

Collins was one of four candidates reportedly tabbed as finalists for the job, and beat out Bob Melvin, new Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, and Chip Hale for the position.

Collins hasn't managed an MLB team since 1999, when he skippered the Anaheim Angels. In six seasons of managing the Houston Astros and the Angels, he compiled a 444-434 record.

Collins' last managerial job was in Japan, where he managed the Orix Buffaloes in 2007 and 2008. He also managed the Chinese team in last year's World Baseball Classic and served as the Mets' minor league coordinator this past season.

The Mets hiring Collins may be evidence of Paul DePodesta's sway in general manager Sandy Alderson's front office. Collins was once thought to be the next Dodgers manager while DePodesta served as GM, but after DePodesta was fired, Collins' pipeline to the job dried up.

For more on Collins and the Mets, please visit Amazin' Avenue.


Mets Manager Search Narrows To Terry Collins, Bob Melvin, Clint Hurdle

Since his hiring, GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets have turned their attention to the team's managerial search. After parting ways with Jerry Manuel after the year, the organization has been searching for a replacement, and the process has intensified over the past couple weeks.

A number of internal and external candidates were interviewed in the first round of the whole thing, including ex-Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu and A-ball minor league manager Wally Backman. However, according to reports, the Mets have now narrowed the field, and are most focused on Terry Collins, Bob Melvin, and Clint Hurdle. All three of them have prior managerial experience, and all three of them will be asked back for a second interview.

Collins, who last year was the Mets' minor league field coordinator, has six seasons of big league experience with the Angels and Astros. Melvin, who most recently worked as a Mets scout, has managed the Mariners and Diamondbacks. And Hurdle, who was a bench coach with the Rangers last season, managed the Rockies.

A fourth candidate may be Mets third base coach Chip Hale, but that's currently uncertain. The team will also interview Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo on Monday, but he isn't likely to go anywhere.


Sandy Alderson To Join Mets As New General Manager

When the Mets dismissed Omar Minaya, their search for a new general manager led them to a lot of different people. Rick Hahn. Allard Baird. Josh Byrnes. Logan White. Dana Brown. However, from the beginning, Sandy Alderson was considered to be the odds-on favorite, and Tuesday night, via Jon Heyman, we learn that Alderson will indeed be the organization's selection.

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Alderson and Byrnes were the two finalists, but Alderson seemingly always had the lead, and has now sealed the deal. There hasn't yet been any official announcement, but that will come shortly. Either after the World Series, or perhaps this Friday, a travel day during which the Rangers and Giants will fly to Texas.

The 62 year old Alderson has been in baseball for a long time, serving as Oakland A's president, A's general counsel, A's general manager, Major League Baseball executive vice president, and San Diego Padres CEO. He's considered to have been a mentor to Billy Beane, and his A's won the World Series in 1989. He's respected in all corners of the game, and his hiring will be met with widespread approval.

His first task with the Mets will be finding a new manager to replace Jerry Manuel. They'll want to get that done in short order so that the front office can turn its attention to roster matters.


Josh Byrnes, Sandy Alderson Finalists For Mets GM Position

We have some further developments in the Mets general manager story. We heard earlier today that Logan White was out of the running. Now, via Jon Heyman, we learn that Rick Hahn, Dana Brown, and Allard Baird are out of the running as well.

Only Josh Byrnes and Sandy Alderson have been invited back for second-round interviews, meaning that Byrnes and Alderson stand as the finalists. Again, it's worth repeating that Alderson has been considered the front-runner all along, but now we know exactly who his competition is as this process winds down.

Byrnes will meet with the Mets' executives on Monday, while Alderson will meet with them on Tuesday.


Mets Set To Interview Sandy Alderson, Logan White For GM

The Mets' series of GM interviews has begun, and you can officially add two more names to the list of candidates: Sandy Alderson and Logan White. Alderson has been in baseball for nearly three decades, and previously served as GM of the Oakland A's. White, meanwhile, has recently served as the assistant GM with the Dodgers.

It was rumored a few days ago that the Mets had already decided on hiring Alderson, despite the fact that he hadn't yet interviewed. We'll see where things go from here, as it's possible that his interview is little but a formality.

The Mets have already interviewed a small handful of candidates, and have been turned down by or declined access to Dan Jennings, Jon Daniels, and Pat Gillick, among a few others.


Mets Officially Dismiss GM Omar Minaya, Manager Jerry Manuel

The writing's been on the wall for a while, but Monday morning, it all became official - the Mets are ditching both general manager Omar Minaya and field manager Jerry Manuel.

Seeking to distance themselves from the disappointments of recent seasons, the Mets announced on Monday that they removed Omar Minaya from his post as general manager and declined to exercise their one-year option on manager Jerry Manuel's contract.

The team has scheduled a 1:30pm ET press conference to discuss its decision, and the journalists present have surely had weeks, if not months, to prepare their lines of questions.

Up next, the Mets will interview various candidates and hire a new GM, who will then interview various candidates and hire a new manager.


Mets To Replace Both GM Omar Minaya, Manager Jerry Manuel

In what should come as a surprise to nobody, least of all the two people themselves, Jon Heyman essentially confirms that neither general manager Omar Minaya nor field manager Jerry Manuel will return to their current positions with the Mets in 2011.

The Mets will announce shortly after the season that general manager Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel won't be returning in their roles, sources say. The announcements are likely to be made before the playoffs begin Wednesday.

The Mets have not yet begun interviewing potential GM candidates, and it's assumed that the GM will then be responsible for hiring a new manager, so one can expect these two positions to remain vacant for at least a little while.

It is possible that both Minaya and Manuel will remain with the organization in different roles, as each is well-liked.

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