CHICAGO — It was nothing personal against the Mets.
Robin Ventura’s name had been linked to the Mets’ managerial opening in recent weeks, but after the former All-Star third baseman showed no interest in the job, he was removed from consideration, according to sources.
But the 50-year-old Ventura indicated in a text message to The Post on Tuesday that his lack of interest in managing isn’t just limited to the Mets.
“I’m not pursuing any of the openings,” Ventura said.
Ventura, who played for the Mets from 1999-2001, managed the White Sox for five seasons and is highly regarded by team officials for his leadership skills. But the fact Ventura’s teams finished fourth or lower four times in five seasons would have made his candidacy a tough sell to the fan base.
Another potential candidate, Brad Ausmus, declined to be interviewed and is under consideration for the Red Sox’s managerial opening.
Kevin Long, Alex Cora, Mickey Callaway, Joe McEwing and Manny Acta are the five known candidates under consideration at this point.
Cora, who is a candidate for the Red Sox opening, was scheduled to meet with general manager Sandy Alderson on Tuesday, but the Astros bench coach declined to confirm the interview occurred, when approached before Game 4 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium.
McEwing, the White Sox bench coach, and Callaway, the Indians pitching coach, are both scheduled to interview with the Mets on Wednesday. And Acta, who previously managed the Nationals and Indians, may receive his interview on Thursday. The Mets are expected to conclude their first round of interviews by Friday and then notify the finalists for the job early next week.
Long, the Mets hitting coach, was interviewed for the job last week and is a strong contender, according to a source, despite the fact he has never managed above Single-A.
Callaway is expected to meet with the Phillies on Thursday to interview for their managerial opening. McEwing has already interviewed for the Tigers’ opening.
Acta has spent the last two seasons on the Mariners coaching staff. He was the Mets’ third-base coach during Willie Randolph’s tenure before leaving to manage the Nationals.