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Mets' Managerial Search: Interviews Have Begun

New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson got the ball rolling on his managerial search Thursday when he interviewed in-house candidates Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss. Melvin worked as a scout for the Mets last season, while Jauss was Jerry Manuel's bench coach.

The new Mets' GM has interviews scheduled over the weekend with a few more Mets employees. Brooklyn Cyclones manager Wally Backman, third-base coach Chip Hale and minor-league field coordinator Terry Collins are all candidates for the job.

Other names that have been thrown out there as possibilities to be interviewed down the road are Clint Hurdle, Ken Oberkfell and Pete Mackanin. Jeff Torborg and Art Howe have not been mentioned, though.

Alderson had this to say recently about what he is looking for in a manager.

"I can appreciate a fiery manager," Alderson said. "And I think that a fiery manager is actually quite desirable. I think that in some cases the manager is representing not only the organization, but the fans in maybe frustrating organizations, and acts as a proxy for all of us. And I think that's important in terms of leadership -- not only within the clubhouse, but over 162 games for all of us."