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Dispatches from Las Vegas and Port St. Lucie, 3/15

One more game in the desert before the Mets head back east.


What we learned: Believe the hype: Cashman Field in Las Vegas is as hitter-friendly as they come. … Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias may miss significant time with a stress reaction in his shins, perhaps creating another suitor for Stephen Drew.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“If you get hit when it’s 117 degrees right here, you get to go into the air conditioning.” –Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman on Cashman Field’s unprotected dugouts

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One final look at the managerial candidates

The Mets should announce their new manager within the next 24 hours, perhaps as soon as tonight. So let’s handicap the race and take one final look at the four finalists:

terrycollins.jpgTerry Collins
Resume highlights: Astros manager (1994-96), Angels manager (1997-1999), Mets Minor League field coordinator (2010).
Strengths: Experience; fiery personality.
Weaknesses: Little sustained success as a big league manager; controversial end in Anaheim; off-field issues (DUI).
Odds: 3/2

Bob Melvin
Resume highlights: Mariners manager (2003-04), D-backs manager (2005-09), Mets scout (2010).
Strengths: Most MLB experience of any candidate; calm personality; lives in NYC.
Weaknesses: Not a “fiery” personality; little sustained success as a big league manager
Odds: 2/1

Wally Backman
Resume highlights: Four years managing in Minor Leagues (including manager of Class A Brooklyn in 2010), three years in independent leagues; hired as D-backs manager (2004) but did not serve in that position.
Strengths: Fan favorite due to 1986 ties, fiery personality
Weaknesses: Off-field concerns (financial, legal troubles); no big league managing experience
Odds: 7/1

Chip Hale
Resume highlights: Extensive Minor League managing and big league coaching experience; Mets third-base coach (2010).
Strengths: Familiarity with Mets players; well-liked in clubhouse; preparedness.
Weaknesses: Lack of big league managing experience.
Odds: 9/1

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