Eduardo Perez is getting his chance to become the 22nd manager in the history of the New York Mets. Joining Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Mike Bell, Derek Shelton and Luis Rojas, Perez is interviewing this week as he looks to make the jump from the ESPN Airwaves to the Amazin's dugout.
The Mets are giving Perez consideration as they have seen how Aaron Boone has settled in to the Yankees skipper role as he transitioned from his prior job as ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Analyst.
Perez's father, Hall of Fame Reds first baseman Tony Perez, was a key cog in Cincinatti's Big Red Machine in the 1970s.
With a rumored shakeup heading its way to ESPN Sunday Night baseball, the player turned commentator, and now serious managerial candidate is giving a serious run to roam the dugout in Queens.
Aside from Girardi, none of the other candidates for the job have managed a big league game in their life. Much of the criticism of Mickey Callaway was that his inexperienced cost the Mets many games, including his mismanagement of the bullpne and inability to effectively double switch and fill out lineup cards effectively.
It would be curious for the Mets to turn to another first-time manager to end the team's playoff drought with a win-now roster. Unless, Brodie Van Wagenen's master plan is to run the team from behind the scenes and use the next manager as a pawn to execute his vision for the ballclub.
The only thing holding New York back from hiring Girardi is his anticiapted hefty salary demands as he could command anywhere from 3-5 million per year to lead the team. With the Wilpons being notoriously stingy, if they want to save a few bucks, and Van Wagenen wants ultimate power, they may elect to give Perez or another first-time candidate a shot at the job.