Robin Ventura doesn’t want to manage Mets — or anywhere

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

Would Kevin long be a good Mets manager? An ex-pupil weighs in

LOS ANGELES — Kevin Long’s résumé does not include major league playing or managing experience, but former Met Curtis Granderson sees qualities in the team’s hitting coach that could allow him to succeed in an elevated role.The 50-year-old Long has interviewed with the Mets for their managerial opening, according to

Mets’ manager hunt: 1 candidate won’t talk, another interviews

LOS ANGELES — Bob Geren says he is trying to keep his focus on the Dodgers, which means avoiding questions about his possible candidacy to become the next Mets manager.The Dodgers bench coach threw batting practice during a team workout Friday, in preparation for Saturday’s Game 1 of the NLCS

Frazier: Robin Ventura would be a “great manager’ for Mets

Of the names prominently mentioned in the Mets’ managerial derby, the best combination of playing career and managing experience belongs to Robin Ventura.A two-time All-Star selection at third base, Ventura spent five seasons managing the White Sox and earned his players’ respect with a laid-back yet forceful approach.“He’s a great

The Mets are open to pouncing on Joe Girardi

The Mets are keeping surveillance across town in their search for a new manager.With Joe Girardi unsigned beyond this season, and questions looming about his future, the Yankee manager’s name has surfaced in recent discussions by Mets officials in their search for Terry Collins’ replacement, according to a person with

The Mets’ Las Vegas experiment is ending

After years of hassles in getting their players from Triple-A to the big leagues, the Mets are ready for their own version of Leaving Las Vegas.An industry source Monday confirmed the Mets’ plans to buy the minor-league team in Syracuse and move their Triple-A affiliate there from Las Vegas. The

A managing scouting report for Mets on “awesome’ Joe McEwing

Joe McEwing wasn’t particularly “Super” with any of the five tools during his major-league playing career, but the energy and smarts he brought to a team helped compensate.And former teammates view those characteristics as reasons McEwing, who is among the potential candidates for the Mets’ managerial opening, will succeed when

The analysts were wrong — about sports and business

The Mets are out, the Yankees are in.While historically this has been the most common scenario in NY’s autumn baseball, this year it’s a huge surprise.This wasn’t how this year’s New York baseball season was supposed to shape up. All the analysts were wrong.And the analysts have gotten the football

Tony LaRussa: This Mets manager candidate is “total package’

Chip Hale’s name carries little glitter among the Mets’ potential managerial candidates, but the man who gave the baseball lifer his first shot at managing in the major leagues says he is the total package.Considering that endorsement comes from Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, it’s easy to understand

Scott Boras’ plan to resurrect Matt Harvey’s career

CLEVELAND – Play along. Really, if you are a Mets fan what else do you have right now besides imagining a couple of those questionable dominoes falling right for the team next year?With so few sure things and the likelihood of a lowered payroll, the Mets will need a few

Bobby Valentine: Mets should hire one of these two guys

Bobby Valentine has rooting interest as the Mets search for their next manager.As someone who managed two of the potential candidates for the job, Robin Ventura and Joe McEwing, the former Mets manager would love to see a “special” individual in his old seat.“There’s a few hundred guys that I

David Wright has back surgery with quick comeback in mind

David Wright’s path to a Mets return is an obstacle course that now includes additional navigation.The Mets captain underwent laminotomy surgery Thursday to decompress his lower back, the team announced. The surgery alone is not likely career ending, but Wright faces other significant issues.Wright also underwent surgery last month for

Mets not the only ones interested in Joe McEwing

The Mets are fishing from the same pond as other teams looking for a manager, making overlap inevitable.One potential candidate, Joe McEwing, will be interviewed by the Tigers, according to a report, as the Mets proceed with their own search for a manager.McEwing, Robin Ventura, Kevin Long, Alex Cora, Bob

Bruce echoes Wright’s comments regarding sour Collins ending

CLEVELAND — Jay Bruce wasn’t surprised to see Terry Collins out as Mets manager, but he wasn’t happy about how Collins’ tenure ended, with anonymous accusations that Collins didn’t communicate with his players.“Terry and I had a great relationship,” said Bruce, who is preparing to face the Yankees in the

Mets have narrowed their managerial list — sort of

The Mets need a manager, leaving team officials with an extensive list of possibilities they are attempting to trim.“Right now we have a very long list,” general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday. “We will have it shortened after we have had internal discussions and then talks with people outside the

Knicks left defenseless in preseason opener

The Knicks can’t blame their defenseless performances on Carmelo Anthony anymore.Beating the drum on becoming a defense-first organization, the Knicks allowed the Nets to run up 93 points after three quarters when the central characters were on the court. The Nets held on for a 115-107 victory in the preseason

Did Sandy Alderson just clue us in on Mets’ next pitching coach?

Sandy Alderson announced that he expects Kevin Long to return in 2018. Probably as hitting coach, but perhaps with a shot at being the manager.That might give an indication of a strong pitching coach candidate, as well.Long, as the hitting coach, worked with Dave Eiland for the Yankees, including on

Mets need to let a long-shot manager option blow them away

Andrew Friedman has a link to the past two NL Managers of the Year.He was in charge of baseball operations for the Rays when Joe Maddon (now the Cubs manager) was hired after the 2005 season and had the same responsibility with the Dodgers when Dave Roberts got the managing

The first 2 manager candidates Mets likely want to meet

No longer a hostage to the 2017 season, Mets officials Monday began an offseason that features a lengthier “to do” list than normal.And near the top of that list is finding a new manager, following Terry Collins’ resignation Sunday after seven seasons. Indications are general manager Sandy Alderson will begin

Mets change course, fire trainer who’s hated by fans

Mets fans will get their wish.The team announced Tuesday that head trainer Ray Ramirez will not return to the team after spending 12 seasons in the position. The rest of the training staff will remain intact.The news comes as a surprise after general manager Sandy Alderson and the rest of

Jacob deGrom no longer looks like himself

Jacob deGrom, is that you?The 29-year-old Mets pitcher chopped his signature shaggy locks following his last start of the season, on Sept. 24. The big reveal, however, came Monday night after the team capped off the disappointing 2017 campaign.“And the biggest Mets news of the offseason is Jacob deGrom’s haircut.

Despite slew of injuries, Mets’ head trainer going nowhere

The Mets may have struggled to keep their stars healthy this season, but all indications are the team’s longtime trainer, Ray Ramirez, won’t be made a scapegoat for those injuries.Multiple team sources have said in recent days that Ramirez is safe for 2018, even after a season in which Noah

Terry Collins won’t be saved by Fred Wilpon this time: sources

Terry Collins had winning and Fred Wilpon to protect his job as Mets manager the past few years.The winning disappeared, and all indications are the elder statesman of the organization will not be protecting Collins this time.Collins’ contract expires after this season and the strong expectation is he will not

Joe McEwing a Mets’ managerial candidate: source

Add “Super Joe” to the Mets’ list of potential managerial candidates.Joe McEwing, a popular player with the Mets in the early 2000s, is among the possibilities to replace Terry Collins in the dugout next season, according to an industry source. Collins is expected to be told as soon as Monday

Mets expected to let Dan Warthen go: sources

In addition to searching for a manager to replace Terry Collins for next season, the Mets likely will be in the market for a new pitching coach.According to multiple industry sources, the team is preparing to inform pitching coach Dan Warthen he won’t be retained for 2018, following a season

Struggling rookie gets walk-off hit to propel Mets

Travis Taijeron’s otherwise forgettable first month in the major leagues at least will include Tuesday’s heroics.The Mets rookie smashed a game-ending RBI single in the ninth, completing a late-inning comeback in a 4-3 victory over the Braves at Citi Field.“Especially as a kid growing up, you are thinking about opportunities

Tim Tebow brought thousands of fans to minor league stadiums

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Helped by New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow, attendance increased by 12.4 percent this year in the Florida State League and by 2.1 percent in the South Atlantic League.The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues said Monday that the presence of the former NFL quarterback and

This isn’t how Jacob deGrom wanted to hit his innings mark

In spring training, coming off a season where he required surgery for an elbow nerve issue — and that followed a rookie season where he was shut down — Mets righty Jacob deGrom set 200 innings as a goal.On Sunday, deGrom reached the mark for the first time in his

About that whole Mets-Nationals rivalry thing, my bad

“It might require all 162 games to determine the [National League East] champion. Give Washington a slight edge headed into the season. The easiest forecast of all: This [Mets-Nationals] rivalry will be even more intense by season’s end.”— Ken Davidoff, New York Post, March 24, 2017All at once now: Yeesh.(I

Mets’ personal plea to fans: Help us with Puerto Rico

Mets bullpen coach Ricky Bones and pitcher Seth Lugo made an appeal to fans to join in with the team’s support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hurricane relief and recovery effort for Puerto Rico.They, along with catcher Tomas Nido, “represent” Puerto Rico on the Mets. Bones, who has many family members