Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager and current Mets scout Bob Melvin...

Former Arizona Diamondbacks manager and current Mets scout Bob Melvin is considered a likely favorite to advance to the next round in GM interviews. Credit: AP, 2009

The Mets will begin the interview process for their next manager Thursday with two internal candidates, Bob Melvin and Dave Jauss.

Melvin, a scout for the Mets, has six seasons of managerial experience with the Diamondbacks and Mariners. He guided Arizona to the NL West title in 2007 before losing to the Rockies in the NLCS and also had two second-place finishes during his four-year stay.

Previously, Melvin, 49, spent two seasons in Seattle, where he was a combined 156-168. He also was under consideration for the Brewers' opening before Milwaukee hired Ron Roenicke this week.

Jauss, 53, was Jerry Manuel's bench coach this season, a position he also has held with the Orioles (2008-09) and Dodgers (2006-07). Jauss was popular during his time in Boston, where he had a variety of jobs, from advance scout to first-base coach, over 10 seasons. His only managerial experience is in the minor leagues, and not above Double-A, where he last managed at Harrisburg in 1994.

The Mets also are expected to interview Class A Brooklyn manager Wally Backman and third-base coach Chip Hale, with minor-league field coordinator Terry Collins another possibility.


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