As expected, Clint Hurdle interviewed with the New York Mets yesterday. According to ESPN, the Mets may add one or two more candidates, but have pretty much finalized their field of candidates. New Mets' GM Sandy Alderson is expected to start making call backs next week, and doesn't expect to name a new manager before December 1st.
The delay by the Mets is also causing a delay for the Pirates. It's not hard to see that the Pirates have decided on Hurdle as their next manager. Hurdle interviewed for the Pirates' position a week ago. The Pirates announced they were down to two candidates, Jeff Banister and Hurdle, and that they might make an announcement as soon as Friday. Hurdle then announced he was going to wait to see how the Mets' position turned out before making a decision.
If the Pirates have picked Banister over Hurdle, then there would be no delay in making the announcement, especially since they said the original announcement co...
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