The Mets’ sixth and likely final first-round interview for their manager vacancy is Dodgers first base coach Clayton McCullough, The Post’s Joel Sherman reports.
McCullough, 41, just completed his first season on the Dodgers’ major-league staff. He was previously the Dodgers’ minor league field coordinator and spent nine seasons managing minor league teams in the Blue Jays organization.
After Pirates bench coach Don Kelly withdrew from consideration, The Post’s Mike Puma reported that a mystery candidate had likely entered the mix. That now appears to be McCullough.
Other candidates for the Mets’ manager job are Buck Showalter, Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro and former Tigers and Angels manager Brad Ausmus, with whom new Mets GM Billy Eppler worked in Anaheim.
Showalter and Geren took part in first-round interviews on Wednesday. A person with knowledge of Showalter’s interview told The Post’s Mike Puma that the Mets were “pretty impressed” with Showalter.
Mets owner Steve Cohen is expected to be involved in the second round of interviews.