Duquette to be Named Met GM on Tuesday

The New York Mets will name Jim Duquette their general manager during a noon press conference Tuesday at Shea Stadium, removing his interim tag which he held since Steve Phillips was fired on June 12.

The Astros Gerry Hunsicker was interviewed, but he decided to sign an extension on his contract that kept him in Houston. Owner Fred Wilpon also offered Omar Minaya the option of coming on board to hold an executive role, much like the one Gene "Stick" Michael currently holds with the Yankees, but he decided not to accept.

Duquette, 37, has been the Mets senior assistant general manager in charge of player personnel since December of 2000 and will become the franchise's 10th GM.

He was an All-New England outfielder in 1986 and second-team All-American in 1988 while enrolled at Williams College. He then became a scouting assistant with the Mets (1991-1996) before becoming the director of player development for the Astros (1996-97).

"My personality is more patient," Duquette said to Newsday at the time of his promotion to interim GM. "I tend to wait on things just to make sure that we've done our due diligence on a particular trade. I'll use Pat Gillick as an example. He's about as patient as a general manager as I've seen and he's done all right."

Analyst Christopher Guy covers New York baseball for both NYfansOnly.com and PinstripesPlus.com. You can contact him at CGGuy86@Yahoo.com

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