Heyman | Ausmus out as Mets manager search continues

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 12: The Mets logo rides on the shirt of the batter during the Major League Baseball game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies on April 12, 2017 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia PA.(Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

The New York Mets‘ managerial search continues this week with new sense of clarity as some names have dropped out of the derby while others have already been interviewed or are scheduled to do so.

Former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has taken his name out of the running for the Mets gig, though he does seem to remain interested in others, including the opening with the Boston Red Sox. Ausmus has ties to both the region — he attended Dartmouth, and his daughter currently does, plus he has a house on Cape Cod — as well as the team’s president of baseball ops, Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski, of course, already hired Ausmus as a manager once in Detroit.

In addition to Ausmus, former Met Robin Ventura, who managed the Chicago White Sox from 2012-16, does not appear to have a strong interest in the job.

Even still, New York has a list of six or so candidates. Kevin Long, the Mets hitting coach who held the same position for the Yankees from 2007-14, has already interviewed. Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora plans to interview Tuesday (he’s interviewing in Boston as well), while another former Met, Joe McEwing, is scheduled to do so Wednesday. McEwing, who played for the Mets from 2000-2004, is currently the bench coach for the White Sox. Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway is a candidate as well.

Other names possibly in the mix for the position vacated by Terry Collins include Dodgers bench coach and former Oakland A’s manager Bob Geren and former Arizona Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale, who is currently the A’s third base coach.

The Mets will likely move to second round of interviews after this week.