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Valrico's Tosca talks with Mets

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Published October 9, 2004

NEW YORK - Former Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca, a Valrico resident and USF graduate, interviewed with the Mets regarding their managerial opening.

Tosca met with new general manager Omar Minaya and his top assistants, including Jim Duquette. The interview was scheduled by Duquette when he was general manager and before Minaya was brought Sept. 30 to take over.

"Omar and I have a history together," Tosca said. "I've known him since 1985. It wasn't a curveball at all."

Tosca said the Mets' mix of youth and veterans appealed to him. He was comfortable with the decision to keep pitching coach Rick Peterson, and he sidestepped a question about whether a manager should have input on personnel.

"In any successful situation, you use all your resources," he said.

While the Mets were 45-43 and one game out of first a day after the All-Star break, key players got hurt and they finished fourth in the NL East. Their 71-91 record assured them of a third consecutive 90-loss season.

Manager Art Howe was dismissed Sept. 15 but completed the season. He was midway through a $9.4-million, four-year contract.

Minaya has no other interviews scheduled. Other reported candidates include former Mets manager Bobby Valentine and Jim Fregosi.

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