Mets hope to hire someone next week

Updated: October 27, 2004, 3:48 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Jim Riggleman interviewed Wednesday for the Mets' managing job, and the team hopes to hire a replacement for Art Howe next week.

Riggleman, the Dodgers' bench coach, managed San Diego for just more than two seasons and was the Chicago Cubs' manager for five seasons before being fired in 1999. He has a 486-598 record as a major league manager.

Riggleman met with Mets general manager Omar Minaya. New York already has interviewed Yankees coach Willie Randolph, former managers Carlos Tosca and Terry Collins and Texas Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. The team also plans to speak with former Mets second baseman Wally Backman.

"I feel very good about talking baseball with these guys," Riggleman said. "I want to manage again, but all these people I know of who have come in before me are good baseball people and it's good company I am in with."

The Mets, who finished fourth in the NL East, dismissed Howe on Sept. 15, but he completed the season. He was midway through a $9.4 million, four-year contract.

Minaya was noncommital about whether he would interview Jim Leyland, who managed Florida to the 1997 World Series crown. Leyland reportedly is interested in managing again.

Riggleman said he has been invited back to the Dodgers if he doesn't land a managerial position.

"From the time I was let go in Chicago, I wanted to manage again," he said. "I never lost the desire to manage and circumstances were such that it just didn't happen. I've had interviews in a couple places over the past few years and felt good about it, but I didn't get those jobs."

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