It's still highly unclear where the Mets lie in the managerial department.

An unproven coach? A retread with an eye on sabermetrics (supposedly) like Brad Ausmus? Or Terry Collins in a set of Bobby V mustache glasses?

Whatever the case may be, the New York Mets are beginning to conduct their managerial interviews, and one of the first candidates to be interviewed in the next couple of days will be current Mets hitting coach Kevin Long.

Long doesn't have any managerial experience, but much like Dwight Schrute, he has expressed interest in the job to Mets GM Sandy Alderson. Whether he gets the gig or not, he'll likely be returning to the Mets dugout as their hitting coach for the 2018 season.

​​Long isn't the only high-profile candidate being looked at for the job, as the Mets reportedly have interest in Yankees manager Joe Girardi, former Tigers manager Ausmus, former White Sox manager Robin Ventura, current Astros bench coach Alex Cora, Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren and D-Backs bench coach Chip Hale.

There are several managerial openings that will impact this search, including the most recent opening for the Boston Red Sox. Best to get a look at the internal candidates quickly.