Mets Finishing Manager Interviews, Say They Will Hire by Thanksgiving

The New York Mets will complete second interviews with four finalists for their manager job tomorrow and said they plan to make a decision before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday next week.

The Mets are interviewing Bob Melvin and Chip Hale today at the Major League Baseball meetings in Orlando, Florida, General Manager Sandy Alderson said in an e-mail to fans. The team will talk with Wally Backman and Terry Collins tomorrow, Alderson said.

Alderson said the team expects to hire a new manager before Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 25.

The Mets fired Jerry Manuel as manager last month after missing the postseason for the fourth year in a row. They interviewed 10 candidates before reducing the field to four finalists, all of whom were with the organization last season.

Melvin, 49, is a Mets’ scout and was the 2007 National League manager of the year with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Hale, 45, was the Mets’ third-base coach last season, while Backman, 51, managed the team’s Class-A minor league affiliate in Brooklyn. Collins, 61, was a minor-league field coordinator for the Mets last season and previously managed in the majors with the Houston Astros and Anaheim Angels.

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