Of the four candidates remaining, Bob Melvin and Terry Collins appear to be the frontrunners, although Chip Hale and Wally Backman are still in the running.
If Davey Johnson had the job Sandy Alderson currently occupies, it appears as if his pick would be Collins, as the New York Post relays.
"If I was the GM, I would want somebody that best knew the whole system," Johnson said of Collins, who has been serving as the team's minor league field coordinator. "I'm sure Sandy agrees with this: People who know where talent is on the minor league level and how long it's going to take to get to the major leagues and how it will affect the major league roster, those are very important people. I would think [Collins] would be the frontrunner."
Johnson (pictured) draws on his own personal experience of having spent three seasons managing in New York's minors in endorsing Collins for the job, saying that with the Mets having to rebuild within, it's important to know who on the farm can be part of that process.
"When I first got there my first conversation with [GM] Frank Cashen was, 'I've got three or four guys on the minor league level that I would like in the majors.' " Johnson noted. "We talked about that. 'I'll go with your guys on the major league level, but if they are not cutting it, I want to be able to dump those guys and bring up guys from the minor leagues.' Whoever [Alderson] has that relationship with is very tantamount."
Johnson, who remains the only manager in history to lead the Mets to a World Series title, has a soft spot for Backman, who played under Johnson for five seasons. However, decisions have to be made with the mind, not the heart.
"It all boils down to who Alderson trusts the most," Johnson added. "When [Alderson] thinks he's going to be able to win and who is going to be the guy that helps put that schedule into place."
UPDATE : Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Bob Melvin will not be the next Mets skipper. That seems to clear the way for Collins.
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