Tim Bogar is in two beautiful worlds, trying to be part of a World Series champion for the first time and land his first major league managing gig.
"This," the nation's first grass-roots coach 24 hours before the first World Series game, said he points to the field of the minute maiden. "That's the most important thing right now. This is the job that is at hand. "
However, Bogar will divert to New York for his second interview to replace Mickey Callaway during the break between games 2-3 when the Houston series go to Washington. The Mets have publicly informed about their process. It is said that Eduardo Perez interviewed well. That Mets owned could work with Carlos Beltran, with whom they argued as a player. This experience of Joe Girardi is attractive. And this quality control coach, Luis Rojas, has admirers in the Mets hierarchy.
Bogar has received the least publicity of those known to receive second interviews or who are believed to have a strong shot. But there are people with Mets connections who say that Bogar actually has the chance that he has a background and personality traits that are most similar to those of Brodie Van Wagenen's buddy, Houston manager A.J. Hinch.
In addition, both Jeff and Fred Wilpon know Bogar when he played with the Mets in the 1
He said he did not interact with Van Wagenen before, but said the level of comfort in the interview was strong. And Bogar certainly has his followers.
Internationals beating coach Kevin Long said without hesitation, "Mets should stop that." Successor of Terry Collins was Mickey Callaway. Long, who also worked for Girardi in New York, has worked with Bogar for the past two years. Long actually compared Bogar to Collins and found that he could be both cautious and fiery. His preparation and knowledge are great. New York would love its fire.
Brian Dozier, Washington's second baseman, said, "Bogey is an extraordinary human being. A great man, a family man. All the boys are mad about him. He is involved with baseball and is very knowledgeable. The biggest feature you need [as a manager] is to be a leader of the men. It seems easy, but it is difficult. They have people in this team aged 20 to 43 years. You have to have a strong personality, in which you have fun, but also to be respected. If you have someone who is popular, respected, knowledgeable, and to whom people tend, that's exactly what you expect from a manager. "
Is Bogar that?
"One hundred percent," said Dozier.
Astros bank coach Joe Espada interviewed for manager jobs at the Cubs and Giants and is considered a strong candidate to get a job this off-season.
Is he ready?
"He qualifies on so many different levels," said Astros Manager AJ Said Hinch. "He had various jobs from Miami [third base coach] to New York [both special assistant to the GM and third base coach]. It has really broadened his view of the job. He is one of the best workers I have ever seen. He has mastered every challenge he faces, be it the Front Office in New York or the bank coach for an extremely analytical team like the Astros.
Atlantas Nick Markakis (2,114 games) and Yankees Edwin Encarnacion (1,916) were in these playoffs, but remain the active players with the most games, without ever appearing in a World Series.
The last teammate Hinch, who has retired after the 2004 season, is still playing with the majors Fernando Rodney. The 42-year-old still throws fastballs at a speed of over 150 km / h for the Nationals.
They were together with the Tigers with 119 defeats in 2003.
Asked if he was more surprised that Hinch became manager or he still is Rodney laughed and said, "I'm still playing.