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Heyman | Ausmus out as Mets manager search continues

Jon Heyman



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)
(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.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.