The Mets have announced that they have completed the second round of interviews for their manager’s job, meeting with Wally Backman, Terry Collins, Chip Hale and Bob Melvin. Reports say the Mets will announce the new skipper at a news conference next Tuesday.
I really have no clue whom the Mets will pick. On one hand, Sandy Alderson has said numerous times that he wants someone with previous managerial experience, If that is the case, why string Backman and Hale along? Interviewing Backman again could be for the benefit of fans, who really want him to get the job. But Hale? No one is clamoring for him.
I of course have no way of knowing this, but I suspect that deep down Alderson prefers Backman or Hale, both of whom reportedly impressed him during their interviews. But either of those guys would be risks — Collins and Melvin have experience and would be safer choices. Does Alderson want to start his tenure off with a risky move when he could make a safe one? I think that will be the question he will try to answer over what is sure to be a long, rumor-filled weekend.
So I ask you the question — who do you think will be the next manager of the Mets? Not the one you want to get the job, because Backman would win overwhelmingly, but whom you think Alderson will choose?