Oquendo to interview for Mets' manager job

2010-11-13T04:00:00Z 2012-12-18T17:41:07Z Oquendo to interview for Mets' manager jobBY JOE STRAUSS • > 314-340-8371

Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo will interview Monday with New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson for the team's managerial vacancy.

Oquendo confirmed Friday night that he was contacted by the Mets this week.

The Mets sought and were granted permission for the interview by Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, who then forwarded their interest to Oquendo.

Oquendo, 47, has served 11 seasons on manager Tony La Russa's staff and for the last 10 years as third-base coach.

He previously interviewed for managerial jobs with the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.

Oquendo twice has guided Puerto Rico's entry in the World Baseball Classic and served two tours as a manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League.

Monday's interview will take place in Orlando, Fla., site of next week's meetings of general managers and owners at the DisneyWorld Waldof-Astroia.

Oquendo joins a crowded field that already includes former major-league managers Clint Hurdle, Bob Melvin and Terry Collins.

Oquendo, who spent his entire playing career with either the Mets or Cardinals, has long voiced a desire to manage in the major leagues.

"Managing in the big leagues is something I hope to do," he said Friday night. "The opportunity to interview with the Mets is exciting."

In La Russa's 15 seasons as Cardinals manager, none of his coaches has graduated to a major league managerial post.

However, La Russa's ties to Alderson should offer positive sway. Alderson served as Oakland's general manager during La Russa's 10-year term as the team's manager, and the A's captured three consecutive AL championships and the 1989 World Series with Alderson and La Russa in place.

The Mets reportedly hope to conclude what has become an exhaustive process sometime this month.

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