Mets eliminate Nationals’ Tim Bogar from managerial search
The Mets have decided not to bring Nationals first-base coach Tim Bogar in for a third interview, thus eliminating him from consideration to be the next manager, The Post has learned.
Bogar was believed to be among those who did well in the first two rounds of interviews and was going to be brought back in after the Nationals were done with the World Series, which came Wednesday night when they beat the Astros in Game 7.
Instead, Bogar’s removal raises the chances that Carlos Beltran, Padres bench coach Pat Murphy, ESPN’s Eduardo Perez or Twins bench coach Derek Shelton will be the next manager. Beltran, Perez and Shelton all received a third interview, which was mainly a sit-down with Fred Wilpon. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Thursday that Murphy was still a candidate, which would indicate he, too, had a face-to-face with Wilpon.
With the Royals’ hiring of Mike Matheny on Thursday, the Mets join the Giants and Pirates as the only teams left that have yet to name a new manager.
The Mets have conducted three rounds of interviews. The first was with an array of club officials. The second focused more on talking with Jeff Wilpon and Brodie Van Wagenen. The third was designed to put the finalists in front of the organizational patriarch, Fred Wilpon.
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