Mets hope to hire someone next week

NEW YORK -- Jim Riggleman interviewed Wednesday for the
Mets' managing job, and the team hopes to hire a replacement for
Art Howe next week.
Riggleman, the Dodgers' bench coach, managed San Diego for just
more than two seasons and was the Chicago Cubs' manager for five
seasons before being fired in 1999. He has a 486-598 record as a
major league manager.
Riggleman met with Mets general manager Omar Minaya. New York
already has interviewed Yankees coach Willie Randolph, former
managers Carlos Tosca and Terry Collins and Texas Rangers hitting
coach Rudy Jaramillo. The team also plans to speak with former Mets
second baseman Wally Backman.
"I feel very good about talking baseball with these guys,"
Riggleman said. "I want to manage again, but all these people I
know of who have come in before me are good baseball people and
it's good company I am in with."
The Mets, who finished fourth in the NL East, dismissed Howe on
Sept. 15, but he completed the season. He was midway through a $9.4
million, four-year contract.
Minaya was noncommital about whether he would interview Jim
Leyland, who managed Florida to the 1997 World Series crown.
Leyland reportedly is interested in managing again.
Riggleman said he has been invited back to the Dodgers if he
doesn't land a managerial position.
"From the time I was let go in Chicago, I wanted to manage
again," he said. "I never lost the desire to manage and
circumstances were such that it just didn't happen. I've had
interviews in a couple places over the past few years and felt good
about it, but I didn't get those jobs."