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During Saturday’s ALDS, Joe Girardi admitted to doing some research on Pete Alonso, but he wouldn’t comment on the New York Mets’ opening.

Joe Girardi is one of the big-name candidates for the gig in Flushing. After dismissing Mickey Callaway, the New York Mets are in search of the right man to take them to the next level.

During Game 2 of the Houston Astros-Tampa Bay Rays series, Kenny Albert asked Girardi if he’s done any research on Mets rookie sensation Pete Alonso.

“I have a little bit,” Girardi admitted. “He’s a pretty good player. I did a bunch of the Mets games this year.”

“I’m taking the fifth, I’m a broadcaster right now,” Girardi told A.J. Pierzynski.

There are reports that Girardi is “keenly interested” in the Mets’ open job. He would make sense for a few different reasons. He has a World Series win on his resume and he understands what it takes to win in New York.

The pressure of the Big Apple will never be too much for the seasoned-manager. Callaway, at times, looked like a deer in headlights as the skipper in Flushing.

Of course, there are obvious questions around whether or not the Mets will be willing to pay for a manager like Girardi. Given his experience, he’ll command more money than a first-time manager.

It’s still not clear whether or not general manager Brodie Van Wagenen will want a proven winner like Girardi or a first-time manager he can work hand in hand with.

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