Report: Mets To Conduct 3rd Round Of Manager Interviews

Perez, Bogar, Beltran Said To Be Among Finalists

Ryan Chatelain
October 28, 2019 - 10:30 am

The Mets have conducted two rounds of interviews for their managerial vacancy and reportedly aren't done yet.

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According to SNY's Andy Martino, the team will hold a third round of interviews this week that will include ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez, Nationals first-base coach Tim Bogar and Yankees special adviser Carlos Beltran. Martino added that those are not the only finalists, but it's not clear who else has made the cut because the Mets have been very tight-lipped throughout the process.

Mets quality control coach Luis Rojas is not believed to still be in the running.

Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy's name emerged over the weekend as someone who reportedly interviewed twice to replace Mickey Callaway, who was fired after the season. It's not yet known if Murphy will meet with the Mets again.

Martino reported last week that the Mets could turn to a mystery "bombshell" candidate. But he tweeted Sunday that he was told Murphy is not that candidate. 

USA Today reported last week that Perez is seen as as the "clear front runner," although by scheduling another round of interviews, the Mets have signaled they have not yet made a decision.

Perez and Van Wagenen "have hit it off," Martino reported. According to the SNY reporter, the Mets are also taking a long look at Bogar and that people familiar with the situation have grown skeptical Beltran will be offered the job.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen

The Mets are not expected to make a decision for several days.

Perez, 50, enjoyed a 13-year major league career with the Angels, Reds, Cardinals, Devil Rays, Indians and Mariners. 

Perez has managed the Puerto Rican and Colombian national teams. He was a hitting coach for the Marlins from 2011-2012 and bench coach for the Astros in 2013.

Bogar, 52, is a three-time Manager of the Year in the minor leagues and has worked on the big-league staffs of the Rays, Red Sox, Rangers, Mariners and Nationals. 

He played nine years in the majors from 1993-2001 as an infielder with the Mets, Astros and Dodgers.

Beltran, 42, played 20 seasons in the majors from 1998-2017 for the Royals, Mets, Yankees, Astros, Cardinals, Giants and Rangers. The former outfielder was a nine-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner, American League Rookie of the Year and World Series champion with Houston in 2017. 

The Yankees interviewed Beltran after the 2017 season for the managerial opening that went to Aaron Boone. The Yanks then hired Beltran as a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman in December 2018.

Other known candidates to have interviewed with the Mets are Diamondbacks Vice President of Player Development Mike Bell, Twins bench coach Derek Shelton, Padres first-base coach Skip Schumaker and former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was hired last week as the Philadelphia Phillies' skipper.