Baylor to interview with Phillies

Don Baylor will interview for the Philadelphia Phillies' managerial vacancy on Tuesday, according to newspaper reports. <P> Baylor, who succeeded Denny Walling as hitting coach during the 2004 season, has expressed a desire to get back into managing and is considered unlikely to return to the Mets following the dismissal of good friend Art Howe.

Baylor spent two seasons with the Mets, minus time for treatment of multiple myeloma, and considers himself physically fit enough to hold up under a 162-game schedule.

If it's experience the Phillies are looking for, they can find it with Baylor – the former major league outfielder managed 1,317 games over six seasons as the first manager of the expansion Colorado Rockies and later for most of three years with the Chicago Cubs.

Philadelphia is also said to be ready to speak with former Cleveland Indians manager Charlie Manuel and former Boston Red Sox manager Grady Little.

As far as the Mets' managerial vacancy, the team is set to interview former Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca today, a pre-existing interview that new GM Omar Minaya inherited when he took over the club.

Minaya's top choices, as reported by the media, are still swirling out there: Joey Cora, Jim Fregosi, Rudy Jaramillo and possibly Willie Randolph. Former manager Bobby Valentine is also expected to return to the United States this week and could be called in for an interview.


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