Betting Favorites for Mets Manager Not Exactly Big Names

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Matthew Jordan

Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:05 AM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:05 AM GMT

The New York Mets are taking their sweet time in hiring a manager to replace Terry Collins. Let’s take a look at the current betting options on the next skipper from BetOnline.

The New York Mets were the NL East champions in 2015 and reached the franchise’s first World Series since 2000, losing in five games to the Kansas City Royals. The next year, Manager Terry Collins’ bunch was a wild-card team but lost in that game to the San Francisco Giants and their ace, Madison Bumgarner.

Expectations were high in 2017 with a return to health of Matt Harvey and a few others, but perhaps no team had more injury problems, led by Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes and, as usual, David Wright. The Metropolitans waived the white flag in late July and started trading off veteran free-agents-to-be like Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson. New York finished 70-92, its worst mark since 2009, and fourth in the NL East.

Collins stepped down/was pushed out after seven seasons and took a spot in the front office. That was back at the start of October, and the team doesn’t appear close to naming a replacement. One might think the Mets job would be coveted by some big-name managers, but the Mets don’t act like a big-market team financially (unlike the Yankees, for example). The Mets are rather frugal and had only the 14th-highest payroll in baseball in 2017. That said, they could be quite good in 2018 if all their starting pitching can finally stay healthy.

BetOnline has severael MLB betting options as the Mets’ next manager, and here they are. If the Mets don’t make a choice before the World Series, they likely will wait until after because MLB doesn’t want any big news distracting from the Fall Classic.

Bob Geren (+400): He’s a former Mets bench coach who is currently in that position with the Dodgers. Geren managed the A’s from 2007-11. However, New York Newsday reports he’s not a candidate.

Kevin Long (+450): He’s the guy in the picture with Wright. Recently, plugged-in ESPN reporter Buster Olney reported Long, the Mets’ hitting coach the past three seasons, is the favorite and he already has interviewed. Long is credited with helping rebuild the swing of former Met and current Washington National Daniel Murphy, who has become one of MLB’s best hitters. Long also draws rave reviews from Robinson Cano from when Long was the Yankees’ hitting coach from 2007-14. Long also has minor-league managerial experience.

Alex Cora (+475): Cora is a former Mets infielder who is currently the Astros’ bench coach and already has interviewed. However, the Red Sox and Phillies also reportedly have different levels of interest in him, and the Mets aren’t getting into a bidding war for a manager. Boston is for sure a better job.

Robin Ventura (+700): Ventura played with the Mets for three years and managed the White Sox – his primary MLB team as a player – from 2012-16. The Sox were only 375-435 in that span. Ventura reportedly isn’t interested in managing again.

Chip Hale (+750): This is another guy, if you believe the media reports, who isn’t a true candidate. Hale spent this past season as Oakland’s third-base and then bench coach. He was the Mets’ third-base coach and infield coach from 2010-11 and managed the Diamondbacks from 2015-16.

Joe McEwing (+800): McEwing is a former Mets infielder and fan favorite who spent last year as the White Sox’s bench coach. He has interviewed for the gig.

Brad Ausmus (+850): Ausmus was pushed out from the Tigers’ managerial job at the end of this season, and even though he has talked to the Mets has removed his name from consideration.

Mickey Callaway (+900): With all the good arms the Mets have, Callaway would make a lot of sense as he has been Cleveland’s pitching coach the past five years and the Tribe had the best ERA in baseball in 2017. The Phillies might hire Callaway, though. 

Sandy Alomar Jr. (+900): The former All-Star catcher finished his career with the Mets in 2007 and seemingly is mentioned for managerial openings every year now. Alomar spent 2017 as Cleveland’s first-base coach and nearly got the Tribe’s top job in 2012 but was beaten out by Terry Francona. Alomar also spent 2008-09 with the Mets as a catching instructor.

Manny Acta (+1000): He’s the Mariners’ third-base coach and was manager of the Nationals from 2007-09 and the Indians from 2010-12. Acta is the only guy on this list with big-league managerial experience.

Joe Girardi (+5000): Maybe the Yankees would have forced him out had they been swept out of the ALDS by Cleveland, but that’s not happening now.

David Wright (+10000): It sure seems like his playing career is over due to injury and he might make a good manager someday, but not yet.

Keith Hernandez (+25000): To quote Newman from Seinfeld: “Keith Hernandez!” Or to quote Elaine: “Who does this guy think he is?” He's a former Mets star first baseman who is currently one of their very outspoken analysts in the broadcast booth with SNY.

Free MLB Pick: Long +450Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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