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Report: Mets pick Alderson

Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:14 pm
Sandy Alderson The Mets will hire Sandy Alderson as their general manager, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter ).

Heyman cites "sources" as saying Alderson is the Mets' choice.

Alderson has been seen as the favorite to take over for Omar Minaya since he first interviewed for the job. He finished his second interview on Tuesday. The other finalist was former Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes.

Major League Baseball usually doesn't allow major announcements -- such as general manager or manager hires -- on the same day as World Series games, so expect this to become official on Friday, the travel day for the Rangers and Giants.

UPDATE: The New York Post 's Joel Sherman tweets that the Mets have called both Alderson and Byrnes to let them know they've made their decision.

UPDATE: An interesting tidbit from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (via Twitter ), the Mets wanted to interview Rangers GM Jon Daniels, he wanted to put off the interview until after the World Series and the Mets declined.

UPDATE: Heyman (on Twitter ) refutes Martino's report that Daniels asked the Mets to wait. Heyman says Daniels wasn't involved, as does the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant (also on Twitter ).

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 7:40 am

Report: Mets pick Alderson

While I respect Sandy Alderson as a rock-solid baseball man, what does his time as a Marine ini Vietnam have to do with anything?  He's apparently been hired to clean up one of the biggest messes in MLB.  I could care less that he served his country in the context of scouting pitchers and uncovering future hitters to restock the New York Metropolitans.

However, I also have concerns about what Sandy Alderson can truly bring to the Mets in terms of scouting and hiring.  While he was successful building up the Athletics of the late 1980s and early 1990s, let's remember that although that roster did win one World Series they were also beat up in two others.  In addition, now that we look back on that team, there sure seem to be a fair number of steroid connections to its star players-- Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco have been directly linked while there was some quiet speculation about Dave Henderson and Ruben Sierra.

Why was it that besides a four-year run in San Diego as CEO Alderson has stayed away from running a MLB club?  Could it be he knows he's not cut out for the day-to-day construction of a franchise?  The bit of success the Padres had in the late 1990s when Alderson was in charge had to do more with the horrible teams in the NL West than the strong play of the Padres.  They won a division with the worst record ever for a division winner and never made much noise in the playoffs.  I have high hopes that Alderson can live up to his reputation as a success in baseball.  I'd like to see a respectable Mets franchise that isn't laughed at for being a pathetic mess.  I just have quite a bit of trepidation that Alderson can pull off this turnaround in the biggest media market in pro sports.  He doesn't have a lot of chips to deal with at the moment and it's going to take time.  Be patient, Mets fans.  You might be waiting a couple of years before the ship is righted and the team is sailing towards consistent success.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2010 3:18 am

Report: Mets pick Alderson

How might anyone question this move? Alderson is a thinking man. He is also a man's man. How can anyone complain or question the hiring of a high IQ, proven winner, marine, Viet Vet with a ring and the experience of working alongside the league's commissioner? Sure, the Wilpons seem a bit lost, but don't blame them, they spent and spent for Minaya. They spent enough to win, nobody should question that. Do I feel they handle baseball and team P.R. well? No. To address the fan base via an impersonal press release re: K-Rod, was amateurish at best. To allow Oliver Perez to wear their team's uniform was disappointing. (Although I can hear him thinking "at least Bernie went to jail for this") Some of you suggest that Sandy isn't as charismatic as Omar. Well, what's in a name? I was a large Minaya supporter before he came back to the Mets' front office. Looking back, what and who did his charisma bring to the payroll on Fred's desk?  Delgado came to them in *spite* of Minaya and Bernazard. Beltran came to the Mets, well, because the Yankees made a mistake. Pedro came to the Mets because Theo didn't blink. Wagner wanted to win, I'll give that one to Omar. I'll also recognize his "willingness" to wait on word from the Twins, before they asked for the player Omar wasn't giving up for Johan. There's no need to bring up Oliver Perez at 14M or Luis' gross deal. It's over now. Omar tried his best. He wanted to bring the Mets a winner and had a bunch of bullets to do so. Reyes and Wright, they were the product of a GM whos baseball IQ most likely falls somewhere between Omar"s and Sandy's. That said, I was present at game 7 in 2006. I was a believer. Minaya came close with Fred's money. But after that fateful curveball, he misfired over and over again and started to sound like a politician running fast from a dark Hotel. He was out of breath and saying things that he himself couldn't truly believe. So now the Wilpons decide to go with a thinker. No, he's not the guy who will jump from the high cliff into water and swim us to victory. Nor is he the guy who refuses to enter the water altogether. He merely builds a ladder, with whatever resource he finds, and climbs down to the water at a controlled pace. You know what else you can count on? The Mets' 2011 closer will not assault a family member or anyone else for that matter, in front of children aged from 2-7 yrs of age. Not on his watch. Maybe we won't get the gritty guy most of us want in Backman, but he *will* rid us of Perez, Luis and any other ingrate he sniffs out on his roster. Maybe he will also have a talk with David wright and tell him to "man up" like a Marine might. It would serve him well to do so. If David is to remain the face of the franchise, he'd better start selling less Lincoln's, and hitting more HR's. And lastly, when the face of the franchise hears his team ridiculed over and over again on hometown airwaves, show some "Molina" and at *least* try turning a cold shoulder when taking your lead off of 1st base in Philly.  Let's go Mets!! - L

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 1:42 am

Report: Mets pick Alderson

I respect Alderson as a serious baseball man. He is not the charismatic figure that Omar was, but it might be an understandable over-reaction by the ownership, running in the opposite direction of their failure.

Still, this is a feat that will be filled with heavy lifting. It's hard to see from here to there. The combination of strategy and execution that will be required of Alderson, while saddled with enormous costs and bad contracts from Oliver Perez to KRod, are not something we've seen before in a quick turn.

It's going to get uglier before it gets better. Look away, Mets fans. Look away.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:45 am

Report: Mets pick Alderson

Alderson was the President of the Oakland A's during their steroid feuled run in 1988-1990.  He 's one the rules committee for MLB. That is humouous.
Considering most some parks are not regulation under major league rules, I don't think he's exactly the guy the Mets need.
However, maybe he can shorten their fence 20 feet, so the Mets can have a non- MLB regulation field. If other parks, can do it, why not the Mets? Their park is too big for their power hitting talent.
And don't give me the Yankees were grandfathered, read the rules. It applied to OLD Yankees Stadium, not NEW Yankee Stadium. Why do you think the Yankees, have so many WS Titles. They have the smallest park, thanks to the rules committee bending them.
Make their park the same distance and the Yankees are are on a level-playing field,
Good luck, Sandy. You'll need it with the Wilpons.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2010 12:29 am

Report: Mets pick Alderson

Well the posts are not that encouraging.  I leaned to Byrnes myself.  I cannot see how Alderson will keep the Wilpons out of operations.  They own the team.  I will withhold judgement until after he picks a manager.  Somehow I do not feel very encouraged by this hire.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:48 pm

Report: Mets pick Alderson

RIPNew York Metropolitans.You will not be competetive until Sandy Alderson vacates the position as a GM years down the road. Wilpon is the LEAST of your worries.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:44 pm

Report: Mets pick Alderson

Hopefully, Sandy will first hire Wally Backman as field manager, and then do everything he can in his power to eliminate Jeff Wilpon from any and all involvement in the baseball decisions EVER. (Too bad he could not get the Wilpon's to sell the team!)

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