Alderson has managerial search in high gear

Alderson has managerial search in high gear

NEW YORK -- Sandy Alderson came to the Mets with big league experience, and he'd prefer his on-field manager have some, too. So it is worth noting that the two men who interviewed on Wednesday at Citi Field, Clint Hurdle and Don Wakamatsu, have a combined decade's worth of experience managing in the Majors.

Hurdle, 53, boasts eight years of Major League experience in Colorado, including a 524-625 record and a trip to the World Series in 2007. The current Rangers hitting coach, Hurdle interviewed with the Pirates last week and is widely considered the front-runner for their managerial vacancy. But he could prefer a position with the Mets, his former employer both as a player and Minor League manager.

Wakamatsu, 47, was dismissed as Mariners manager in August, after a 2 1/2-year stint that saw the M's go 127-147 and finish a disappointing fourth in the American League West last season. If Wakamatsu is not selected, he has a fallback option: The Jays recently named him new manager John Farrell's bench coach, a responsibility that would not preclude Wakamatsu from accepting a managerial position with the Mets.

The Mets have already interviewed one other external candidate, DeMarlo Hale of the Red Sox, along with five others from within their own organization: bench coach Dave Jauss, third-base coach Chip Hale, Class A Brooklyn manager Wally Backman, scout Bob Melvin and Minor League field coordinator Terry Collins.

Collins, Melvin, Hurdle and Wakamatsu are the presumptive favorites, due to their previous big league managerial experience.

Alderson has one additional interview scheduled in the Dominican Republic with Triple-A Buffalo manager Ken Oberkfell -- a trip that will also include a visit with outfielder Carlos Beltran in his native Puerto Rico -- and could add one or two names to his list before beginning the second part of a two-round process, perhaps as soon as next week. The Mets hope to name a new manager by Thanksgiving at the earliest, early December at the latest.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.