Mets Reportedly Line Up Derek Shelton For Interview, Cashman Recommends Girardi

Alex Greenberg
October 10, 2019 - 3:13 pm
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As they have quite a few times in recent memory, the Mets are beginning their offseason with a search for a new manager.

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Mickey Callaway was dismissed after the and after two years on the job with no playoff appearances. The next person hired for the job will take over a team that has a significant core of young, talented players who are hungry to win in the future.

Carlos Beltran, Joe Girardi and Mike Bell are apparently already lined up to interview for the job, and now the Twins bench coach reportedly is too. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets will interview Derek Shelton about the opening next week.

Shelton gained attention this year as Rocco Baldelli’s right-hand man in Minnesota. Baldelli and Shelton led the Twins to overachieve and win 101 games during the regular season. They were swept out of the playoffs by the Yankees on Monday.

He never played in Major League Baseball, but the 49-year-old Shelton has spent years in the league as a coach. In addition to his time in Minnesota, he has coached for the Indians, Rays and Blue Jays.

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Shelton would be another hire without managerial experience, as would Beltran and Bell. Bell has coached in the minor leagues and is currently the Director of Player Development for the Diamondbacks.

Out of all these candidates, Girardi is easily the one with the most experience as a head coach. He spent ten years managing the Yankees and led them to a World Series title in 2009.

Brian Cashman, who hired and fired Girardi as the general manager in New York, has come out and recommended that the Mets hire his former colleague.

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“When you’re talking about somebody like Joe, he’d give you instant credibility,” Cashman said to SNY. “He’s buttoned-up, ready to go and proven successful in the largest market you can find. And he came out on top. He was here for 10 years, and some things have an expiration date, but that doesn’t diminish the abilities the person possesses or the quality of work he provides. I highly recommend Joe to anybody, even our rivals, unfortunately.”

But the Mets aren’t the only team with an employment opportunity in the dugout. After the Phillies fired Gabe Kapler on Wednesday, there are now eight managerial openings around the league.

Someone like Shelton could be a solid backup plan if one of the more known candidates like Girardi opts to take a different job. Girardi reportedly interviewed with the Cubs on Wednesday for eight hours, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.