Another name has popped up as the New York Mets look for their next manager. According to Dennis Lin of the Athletic, San Diego Padres first-base coach Skip Schumaker interviewed for the Mets' managerial vacancy. Lin notes that the interview occurred Wednesday, October 16.
Schumaker is the eighth candidate the Mets have reportedly interviewed for their managerial opening. As MLB.com's Anthony DiComo pointed out, in addition to Schumaker, the Mets have also reportedly interviewed Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Mike Bell, Luis Rojas, Derek Shelton, and Tim Bogar.
Schumaker played 11 MLB seasons, most notably with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was a member of their 2011 World Series team. Schumaker has been the Padres' first-base coach since 2018.
It would certainly be a surprise if the Mets were to hire Schumaker to be their next manager. But, they're taking their time through this interview process, and weighing all possible options. With eight known people reportedly interviewing for the managerial vacancy, the most popular choice among fans seems to be Joe Girardi.
Girardi would be the most logical choice given that he has prior experience managing, and he knows how to win games in the tough New York market. However, multiple reports are suggesting that Girardi is the front-runner to be the next manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Of course, that can all change quick, as just a week ago or so, it seemed like Griardi was the favorite to be the next manager of the Mets.
If the Mets miss out on Joe Girardi, it looks like they'd be gearing towards a candidate who does not have prior MLB managerial experience, something that many believed they'd stress upon.
With the MLB playoffs nearing their finish as we approach the end of October, it will only be a matter of time until we find out who the next manager of the Mets will be.
For now, it's between eight candidates.