Decision Time: Alderson, Mets Finish 2nd Interviews

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After completing second interviews with four finalists, the New York Mets plan to select their next manager no later than Monday.

Wally Backman and Terry Collins met Thursday with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, new general manager Sandy Alderson and his three assistants, a day after Bob Melvin and Chip Hale came for their sessions at the hotel where major league owners and GMs were meeting.

“It’s not just a question of who we are. It’s a question of who we want to be as an organization,” Alderson said. “It was interesting for us to find out whether that vision was shared by others. And in some cases, it might have been confirmed. In some cases, it might have caused us to rethink what we had ourselves imagined.”

Mets management will hold at least one telephone conference call before deciding. The memorial service Saturday for Alderson’s father, who died last weekend, means a decision won’t be made before Sunday.

“I think it’s prudent that we take a little bit of time to think about it,” Alderson said.

David Wright and other senior Mets players are not being sounded out.

“I’m not a big believer in consulting players,” Alderson said. “It really can be a compromising players. I think that we’ve tried to anticipate how the players will respond.”

Assistant GM John Ricco, vice president of player development and scouting Paul DePodesta, and special assistant J.P. Ricciardi also attended the interviews.

All four finalists worked for the Mets organization this year, and the three who fall short may stay with the team. Alderson wants to make sure they feel valued.

“It’s a potential concern. But I think it’s incumbent upon us to make sure that those issues don’t arise,” he said. “People are going to be disappointed.”

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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  • Keith

    If they hire Bob Melvin, I will not go to one game next year! The Mets are not going to spend any money on free agents so at the very least they can throw the fans a bone and at least hire Backman! If you are going to hire Bob Melvin you should have just kept Jerry Manuel! Good luck selling tickets! Yes, they will be looking for another manager next year at this time!

  • dabooch

    Desparate t the Mets gave the keys to the organization to a outside contractor Alderson. So far he’s announced he can’t go into the free agent market for players no money, but he’s spent a few million dollars for assistants like Riccardi who ran Toronto into the ground with bad contracts The feeling is nothing much is going to change, except the Mets are already handicapped by not having Santana until June or July. Ticket sales should fall into the toilet come next Tuesday when Alderson announces his dud of a manager.

  • Vic from brookyn

    passionate, light a fire under a team, motivation, calling the shots. Sounds like if Backman is hired and he does not work out as a manager, maybe the Mets should sign him as a player. Managers do not win games. Motivation, sounds like what a little league coach does to give his 5 year old players confidence that they can play the game. This is a $150 million dollar payroll team of grown men. Not 5 year old T-ball players. This team sucks. Mets need to get rid of Wright, Reyes, Beltran, million dollar players who have been there for a long while and cannot and will not ever produce a championship. ,

  • Ssgt williams

    The Mets are absolutely insane and just as inept as ever if they do not hire Wally backman. He’s a passionate coach who can light a fire under a team whose motivation level is below zero. Not to mentionthe fact that people (you know the ones buying tickets) will be excited to see a very prominent member of the organization is back in the dugout calling the shots. Plain and simple hire Backman!!!!!

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