Hypothetical Headhunting: Who Might Replace Jerry Manuel as Mets Manager?

High-profile job vacancy ? Let’s do some hiring—in our minds! Here’s one short list of candidates who might be right as the next skipper of the New York Mets:

Bob Costas : famous name would impress players and press; knowledge of the game runs deep.

Lastings Milledge : familiar face could bring youthful energy to the clubhouse.

Joe Buck : plenty of October baseball wisdom for a team trying to find its way back to the playoffs.

Chipper Jones : could be just the mentor struggling young slugger David Wright needs.

Michael Wolff : not afraid to cause a stir, and able to hold his own against the hostile New York media.

Mike Francesa : passion would make it easy for him to connect with the fans.

The Philly Phanatic : insider from the Mets’ toughest division rival could bring winning culture to Citi Field.