Mets to Interview Clint Hurdle

According to the Mike Puma of the New York Post, Sandy Alderson will be contacting Clint Hurdle to arrange for an interview next week.

Yesterday, Mark Hale of the New York Post said Alderson would begin interviewing external candidates next week.

According to Jennifer Langosch of MLB.com, Hurdle interviewed for the Pirates managerial job yesterday, and Jon Heyman of SI.com believes Hurdle is the favorite for the position.

He is currently serving as one of Ron Washington’s coaches with the Rangers, but managed the Rockies to the World Series in 2007. That was Hurdle’s only winning season while managing the Rockies, and he was fired mid-way through the 2009 season after am 18-28 start, and was replaced by Jim Tracy, who turned the Rockies around and led them to a playoff berth.

Hurdle does have ties to the Mets – he appeared in 13 games for them in 1983, 43 games in 1985 and three in 1987 before retiring as a player, and is 534-625 in his managerial career.

Hurdle also spent five seasons managing in the Mets minor league system, before joining the Rockies in 1994.