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Reports: Mets hiring Carlos Mendoza as manager

Jun 6, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza (64) reacts after being ejected during the tenth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are hiring Carlos Mendoza as their new manager, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Mendoza, 43, has been with the New York Yankees since 2009, most recently serving as the bench coach.

The first-time skipper replaces Buck Showalter, who was fired on Oct. 1 following a 75-87 finish in 2023.

Mendoza began coaching in the Yankees’ minor league system in 2009. He joined the major league club as an infield coach in 2018 and spent the past four seasons as manager Aaron Boone’s bench coach.

Mendoza, from Venezuela, appeared in 28 major league games as a player, including 15 with the Mets in 1997. He collected four hits in the big leagues.

Showalter, 67, posted a 176-148 record in his two seasons with the Mets.

Other candidates considered for the vacancy included former Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell and current Oakland Athletics skipper Mark Kotsay.

Counsell had been considered the front-runner for the Mets job but The Athletic reported Monday that he is heading to the Chicago Cubs.

–Field Level Media

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