New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has prepared a crop of managerial candidates to fill the shoes Mickey Callaway left behind after his firing, and one of the lesser-known names in the group has emerged.
It's being reported that former major leaguer and media personality Eduardo Perez has received a second interview for the Mets' manager vacancy.
Perez is the youngest son of Hall of Fame infielder Tony Perez, and he played 13 years in the majors as a utility man, hitting .247 with 79 home runs and 294 RBI's.
After his playing career came to an end, Perez worked as an analyst for "Baseball Tonight" on ESPN through 2011. He also managed a couple of seasons in the Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League, and served as the Miami Marlins' hitting coach for a year.
The other definitive managerial candidate for the Mets is former All-Star Carlos Beltran, whom many fans would love to see back in the Mets' dugout as their manager.
However, Perez would bring a good amount of baseball acumen and knowledge to the clubhouse, regardless of how many Mets fans actually know who he is.
We'll see who the Mets choose to proceed with; whoever it is, they'll have a tough task shouldering the weight of the New York media and Mets fans who are yearning for a 2020 playoff appearance.