Odds Are: Girardi Favorite to Manage Mets, But They Could Court Hurdle Again

Joe Girardi, the Rockies original catcher, is anxious to manage again after spending time as the skipper of both the Marlins and the Yankees. And the oddsmakers make him the favorite for the Mets job, giving him 5-to-1 odds, slightly ahead of veteran manager Dusty Baker and Luis Rojas, both of whom are listed at 6-to-1.

There is a sleeper on the list, however -- Clint Hurdle, the manager who guided the Rockies to the lone World Series appearance in franchise history back in 2007, and had a long tenure as the manager of the Pirates, who fired him on the final day of the 2019 regular season.

Hurdle took over as manager of the Rockies 23 games into the 2002 season, led them on sweeps of the Phillies in the NL Division Series and D-backs in the NLCS in 2007, but after a lengthy delay between the NLCS and World Series, they were swept by the Red Sox.

Fired 46 games into the 2009 season, Hurdle spent 2010 as the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers. After that season, he was a person of interest on the managerial market, opting for an offer from the Pirates instead of the Mets. He did take the Pirates to the post-season in 2013, 2014 and 2015, but the Pirates had a losing record in three of the last four years, including a last-place finish in 2019 when they went 25-48 after the All-Star Break.