Ex-Met Dave Magadan has seen effect Tim Bogar can have as manager

As players, they missed each other by one season on the Mets, but over the ensuing two-plus decades, Dave Magadan and Tim Bogar became entwined.

The first stop was Boston, where both served as coaches under Terry Francona and later Bobby Valentine. Then came a stint together in Texas, where Bogar became the interim manager after again serving on a coaching staff with Magadan.

When Magadan, who played for the Mets from 1986-92, looks toward his old team’s managerial opening, he sees a friend he deems a perfect fit.

“I love Bogie,” Magadan, now the Rockies hitting coach, said Saturday. “He’s an attention-to-detail guy. I think he’s really good.”

Bogar, who played for the Mets from 1993-96, is among the four known remaining candidates to replace Mickey Callaway — along with ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez, Twins bench coach Derek Shelton and former All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran, now a Yankees special assistant. The 53-year-old Bogar, who is the Nationals first base coach, had a callback interview with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff last week.

Bogar has the most major league managerial experience of the group — 22 games on an interim basis with the Rangers in 2014 after Ron Washington departed. The Rangers went 14-8 with Bogar in charge.

“We were a mess, just because we had a ton of injuries at the time,” Magadan said. “And then with the turmoil with Wash resigning, Bogie kind of took the lead and he met with all the players and kind of calmed everybody down.

“I had never seen him in that setting as a leader and it was pretty cool to watch and we all thought he was going to get the job there in Texas, especially after we turned things around that last month, and it didn’t happen and we were all kind of surprised.”

The Rangers instead hired Jeff Banister as manager. Bogar wasn’t retained and spent the next season with the Angels as a special assistant to the general manager before returning to the dugout as Mariners bench coach in 2016-17. It’s there he formed a relationship with Robinson Cano, who was traded to the Mets last offseason. Bogar has spent the past two seasons with the Nationals.

“I am a little biased because we are friends, but he’s got a lot of great leadership skills, and I think he can toe that line between relating to the players and dealing with the front office and all the analytical stuff and he’s really sharp,” Magadan said. “He spent some in the front office, too, in Anaheim, so I think he is ready.

“I was surprised that he over the years had not gotten a chance to manage, especially after what he did in Texas, so it’s good he’s getting at least a shot again.”

Magadan had his own dalliance with the Mets, interviewing last offseason for the hitting coach job. Magadan met with Van Wagenen, special assistant Omar Minaya and Callaway, but the job went to Chili Davis, who is expected to retain his position under the new manager.

“I never mind losing out to Chili because I know he’s a great hitting coach and he ended up being a great fit, especially for those younger players,” Magadan said. “[Jeff] McNeil and Pete [Alonso] obviously had a tremendous year, so if I’m going to lose out to anybody, it’s OK that it’s Chili.”

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