Cardinals Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque

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Mets Expected To Interview Cardinals' LaRocque For GM Job

October 04, 2018 - 12:03 pm
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By WFAN.com

It's unclear which candidates the Mets plan to interview in their search for a general manager, but one familiar name has emerged.

According to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, Gary LaRocque, the St. Louis Cardinals' director of player development, is expected to interview for the position. 

LaRocque has overseen player development in St. Louis since 2014. Before that, he was a senior adviser to player development and a senior special assistant to the GM with the Cardinals.

From 1998 to 2007, LaRocque worked for the Mets in a variety of senior positions -- as scouting director, assistant general manager and vice president of player development and scouting, and vice president of professional scouting.

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LaRocque was drafted in the 14th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1975. The infielder played three season in the minors before starting a 19-year career as a coach in the Dodgers organization, including as a minor league manager. He moved into the Dodgers' scouting department in 1989.

Meanwhile, it appears former Red Sox general manager and current Blue Jays Vice President of Baseball Operations Ben Cherington is out of the running for the Mets' GM job.

SNY reported Wednesday night, citing major league sources, that Cherington is happy in Toronto and not eager to move on.

The Mets have scheduled their first round of interviews, which could include as many as a dozen candidates, SNY reported.

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been on medical leave since June while he focuses on his battle with cancer. He is not expected to return next season. 

Assistant general manager John Ricco and special assistants to the GM JP Ricciardi and Omar Minaya have split the duties in running the franchise's baseball operations in Alderson's absence.

The Mets finished 77-85 this season, 13 games behind the NL East champion Atlanta Braves.