If he were hired as general manager of the New York Mets, Doug Melvin would probably keep Mickey Callaway as manager.
The former general manager of Texas and Milwaukee has his second interview on Tuesday with the Mets, meeting with owner Fred Wilpon and his son, chief of operations Jeff Wilpon. Agent Brodie Van Wagenen and Tampa Bay's chief vice president of baseball operations, Chaim Bloom, are also finalists for the position.
Callaway replaced Terry Collins after the 2017 season and the team started 11-1, then had injuries and finished fourth in the NL East, 77-85.
"My feeling is that he probably deserves the opportunity to do it again," Melvin said during a telephone press conference. "I want to sit down if I get this job and I talk extensively with Mickey and I see his philosophy and that, but I think he probably deserves an opportunity because he's been a good baseball player."
Sandy Alderson was hired as Mets general manager in October 2010, but she was absent in July when she had a recurrence of cancer and said the team's poor record did not warrant her return. The team's baseball decisions have been made from the trio of assistant general manager John Ricco and special assistants Omar Minaya and JP Ricciardi, all reporting to the Wilpons.
"I have been given the freedom, if I want to bring people in," Melvin said. "But I do not want to draw conclusions that I'm going to get rid of a group of people and go and bring in 10 people I know."
Now 66, Melvin was the general manager of Texas. since 1994-01 and from Milwaukee from 2002-2015. In August 2015, he shifted to adviser when the Brewers went to a record of 64-98, saying then: "The work has grown to the point that it is probably suitable for someone younger than me."
I felt at that particular moment, "he said Tuesday." But now that I've taken a little break from day-to-day activities, I'm full of energy and enthusiasm for the challenges. "
Melvin said He showed the Mets a 2010 article in which he predicted relievers would be used as starters in the major leagues, and in 2004, he said, he was contemplating the use of relievers to start games in minors.
Mets analysis staff, who has three full-time employees.
"I do not believe" you can go 100 percent in analytics and I do not think you can go 100 percent in exploration, player development without analytics ", said Melvin. "I do not know all the analysis staff, but it is likely that it can be improved and perhaps have a little staff."
Melvin explained how he would fit in with the Wilpons.