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Morning Mound Visit: Mets managerial search down to three candidates

The Mets are conducting the second round of interviews this week with Buck Showalter, Joe Espada, and Matt Quatraro.

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According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the New York Mets began the second round of managerial interviews on Tuesday. The remaining candidates are Buck Showalter, Matt Quatraro, and Joe Espada. Showalter is considered to be the favorite. Espada and Quatraro are both being considered for the opening in Oakland.

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