With Clint Hurdle looking more and more like he’s destined for Pittsburgh, it’s being reported that the Mets have narrowed their managerial search down to two men: Terry Collins and Bob Melvin.
While Jose Oquendo is on Sandy Alderson’s interview schedule, the New York Times is saying that he’s not “a serious contender.” Same with AAA manager Ken Oberkfell. Which saddens me a bit, because (a) I liked Oquendo as a player, probably more than I should ever have liked a utility guy; and (b) with Ken Oberkfell being a former Brave, I could revive the conspiracy theory that Atlanta has been sending deep cover agents to infiltrate and ruin the Mets for years. Agent Glavine did such a good job, I’m sure that Agent Oberkfell could too.
But the saddest news in all of this is the apparent end of Wally Backman’s candidacy. Not for the Mets — I continue to believe that he wouldn’t be the best choice — but for the bloggers. I mean, I could easily have gotten another half dozen posts out of all of this, and no it appears that the party is over.