The New York Mets made a surprise choice last year when they hired former agent Brodie Van Wagenen as their general manager. But it doesn't look like they'll be going too far outside the box to hire their new manager.
Earlier this month, SNY reported that the Mets were looking into a "bombshell candidate" in an in-depth interview process. But according to reports, they won't be so bold as to hire ESPN broadcaster and team advisor Jessica Mendoza.
According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Mendoza is not the "mystery candidate" for the vacant job.
The ESPN analyst/Mets special advisor is not a surprise candidate in Flushing, according to sources.
Mendoza works with the Mets front office in a baseball operations advisory role in addition to her broadcast work.
Of course, moving directly from the broadcast booth to a manager role is far from a groundbreaking move. The New York Yankees famously hired Aaron Boone straight out of the booth without him having coached a day of Major League Baseball - or any baseball at all.
But there have also been very few women in the Major League Baseball coaching ranks altogether.
Yet if there's one woman who seems qualified to go straight from the booth to the field, it's probably Mendoza.