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Mets' Manager: Collins, Hurdle, Melvin Top Candidates

ESPN New York reported Friday that three candidates have emerged as front-runners to become manager of the New York Mets.

ESPN said Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Clint Hurdle are the leading candidates right now. The common denominator for each candidate? Previous experience managing a major league team. That is something general manager Sandy Alderson appears to be looking for.

"I think there's a value in having done it before," he said on the Mets' 'Hot Stove' show Thursday. "I don't think there's any question about that. But there's also a value in already being a part of the Mets organization and having a familiarity with players on our major league roster, having a relationship with members of the existing coaching staff, knowing some of our minor league coaches and managers and what have you, having been in New York -- either living in New York or experiencing the atmosphere here for a year or so. So there are other things that come into play that I think can counterbalance the lack of experience."

Collins, Melvin and Hurdle fit each of those qualifications.

Collins has a 444-434 record in two stops as a major league manager, and was part of the Mets organization this year, working as a minor league field coordinator. Hurdle has seven seasons of big-league managerial experience, compiling a 534-625 record and winning one NL pennant in Colorado. He also spent six seasons as a minor league manager with the Mets prior to his time in Colorado. Melvin has a 493-508 record in two managerial stints and spent last season as a scout for the Mets.