The New York Mets continue to make big moves.
Just recently, Dusty Baker was told he would not be back as the Nationals manager. However, when you go back to that old saying, when one door shuts another one opens, it's true for some people. Although Baker would be a great choice, it’s been reported that he almost certainly will not become part of the Mets’ process for a new skipper.
The Major League Baseball team were described by sources for the New York Post as near the goal line on making a decision on who will replace Terry Collins. The belief within the organization is that they want to finalize a deal this weekend and announce before the World Series begins Tuesday. Thus, the big announcement will be coming soon to calm down their fans regarding the future of the team.
Hitting coach Kevin Long has been viewed as the favorite to land the gig. However, as of Friday, October 20th, 2017, those briefed on the process said no contract offers had been made to anyone. Also, the club was still working through issues before making an offer — perhaps as early as later Friday.
Someone to keep your eye on is Mariners third base coach Manny Acta because he has has emerged as a legitimate possibility as well. Keep in mind that he’s only remaining candidate who has previous managing experience (with the Nationals and Indians) and was the Mets third base coach under Willie Randolph.
White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing and Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway also interviewed and are under consideration. Another name that is interested in the job is Alex Cora, who was interviewed for the position, but the expectation is that Cora is going to be named the Red Sox manager.
One important thing to keep in mind is that the team was always going to get something done before Oct. 31 because that is when the contracts for Long and assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler end, and both have been promised jobs for next year. The Mets plan to retain Long and Roessler as coaches even if Long is not the manager.
Keep in mind that no managers were removed during the season, but the Mets, Phillies, Nationals, Tigers and Red Sox have replaced or are going to replace their skippers this offseason.
The Marlins are about to significantly slash their payroll under the new ownership group fronted by Derek Jeter.