Friday, November 19, 2010

It's A Tie: Alderson Leaning Towards Hiring All Four Candidates As Next Mets Manager

The interview process has been an arduous one. After paring the list down to four candidates it seemed assured that within days the Mets family would finally know who their leader would be in the dugout.

But when push came to shove all four principles voted a different way. Paul DePodesta insisted that Terry Collins was still his man. He wanted to hire him once and still thinks he's the best man for the job. Jeff Wilpon harkens back to a better Mets era and wants to bring in the fans' favorite, Wally Backman. Alderson himself likes the calming influence of "Vanilla" Bob Melvin (and while Joel Sherman of the NY Post hung that moniker on Melvin, the GM looks at him as more like Mint Chocolate Chip). And finally, mostly because no one else has taken him, J.P. Ricciardi has voted for Chip Hale.

During a silver level press conference, Alderson told reporters that his inclination was to give Melvin the job and ignore the other votes. But in the end he felt that the team needed a new direction and what could be newer and more innovative than having four managers? It was brought up in the press briefing that this kind of thing did not work out well when the Chicago Cubs tried it decades ago.

Alderson did say, "That was totally different. The Cubs were using coaches while the Mets will have four managers all with different areas they will take responsibility for. Kind of like Voltron!"

He then released to the press a spreadsheet that lays out precisely what part of managing each Mets manager will cover.

Alderson also stated, "You can't imagine how great these guys are in interviews. I could listen to all of them for hours. And, heck, we already did. It's just too hard to pick one and say 'You're our guy' and tell the others, 'Sorry, you lose'."

All articles featured on The Apple are fictitious. No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story. Today's story by Larry Smith & Randy Medina.  You can follow Larry Smith on twitter @dr4sight

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