Tag:Sandy Alderson
Posted on: November 2, 2010 10:03 am
 

Mets haven't started manager search

The Mets have their general manager in Sandy Alderson, but their choice of a field manager may still take some time, as the team has yet to schedule any interviews, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports.

Martino's list of candidates include Wally Backman, Chip Hale, Ken Oberkfell, Bob Melvin, Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, Lee Mazzilli, Pete Mackanin and Don Wakamatsu.

Alderson said he wants to hire a manager within 30 days.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 5:43 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:35 am
 

Mets still talking to Takahashi

Hisanori Takahashi The Mets have announced they've extended their window to negotiating with left-hander Hisanori Takahashi until Nov. 5.

Takahashi had a clause in his contract making him a free agent tomorrow.  If he doesn't reach an agreement with the Mets, he'll be a free agent and won't be able to sign a contract with the Mets until May 15.

Takahashi appeared in 53 games for the Mets, starting 12. Overall he was 10-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 122 innings. As a reliever, he was 6-2 with a 2.04 ERA in 57 1/3 innings pitched, with eight saves. He was 4-4 with a 5.01 ERA as a starter. He has stated that he prefers to start.

The Mets officially announced their hiring of general manager Sandy Alderson on Friday.

UPDATE: The New York Times reports the Mets' initial offer was for one year guaranteed, and Takahashi wants a multi-year deal. However, that offer came before Alderson was officially hired.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 29, 2010 8:18 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2010 9:03 pm
 

Alderson suspected Canseco, not McGwire

The Oakland A's of the late '80s and early '90s are often seen as the poster boys for the steroid age. They had whisteblower Jose Canseco and the disgraced star, Mark McGwire.

Sandy Alderson Along with those using, manager Tony La Russa and general manager Sandy Alderson have been accused of turning a blind eye to their sluggers' use of steroids. While he was being introduced as the Mets' new general manager on Friday, Alderson was asked about what kind of knowledge he had of his players' use of steroids.

"I guess in a nutshell, I suspected Jose Canseco of using steroids. I never suspected Mark McGwire," Alderson said, according to the New York Daily News .

So he also says that's a time the A's really started stressing weight training and apparently he believe McGwire could make great gains through just weights, while Canseco, he thought, may be cheating. That's the easy way out, despite telling the truth the whole time, Canseco is still seen as a jerk and a punchline, while McGwire gets sympathy for some reason.

Alderson the team "considered drug testing certain players" (read: Canseco) at the time, but then found out it would have been illegal in the state of California and against baseball's collective bargaining agreement (read: not my fault).

"If you go back and sort of put all of that in perspective, do I wish I had done more?" Alderson asked. "I think that's almost always true in retrospect, with almost anything we experience."

It's also easy to find a better scapegoat, and for too many it's Canseco -- who is hardly innocent in this, because he was guilty first and then has acted like a clown since retirement, but has actually told the truth about his use and the use of others.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 10:46 am
Edited on: October 28, 2010 11:53 am
 

Alderson must find supporting cast as GM of Mets

Sandy Alderson Now that the Mets have a new general manager in Sandy Alderson, it's time for Alderson to tackle job No. 1 in finding a manager for the Mets.

Alderson has gone on record in the past by saying that he feels a manager should be a "subordinate who should carry out the GM's vision," as Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes.

Mets fans have intimate knowledge of that type of manager, as Alderson's last hire was manager Art Howe in Oakland, who later moved to the Mets as he chafed under the restrictions Alderson and Billy Beane placed on him. It's also why Ken Macha exited town.

Candidates for the skipper's job are unknown, although Sherman posits John Gibbons, Bob Melvin or Don Wakamatsu as logical candidates.

Meanwhile, Alderson can't concern himself with just the search for a new manager. He's got to fill out a team, see if he can dump any of the untradeable contracts and bring in lieutenants to work under him in the front office.

The former Padres CEO is hoping to bring in Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi, two former GMs who have previous working relationships with Alderson. DePodesta, currently an assistant GM and executive vice-president in San Diego, would be brought in to boost New York's statistical department while Ricciardi would key in on player personnel.

The sentiment is that DePodesta will indeed move to the Mets, while Ricciardi could remain as an analyst for ESPN or accept other jobs that have been offered him.

Alderson also needs to get the scouting department in order, as scouting contracts expire Saturday and none of the employed have heard anything about their status.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:14 pm
 

Report: Mets pick Alderson

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 ).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 26, 2010 6:55 pm
 

Mets finish GM interviews

Sandy Alderson met with the Mets' top brass today, concluding his interview process, but the Mets have yet to make any announcements about their search for Omar Minaya's successor.

"We will have no further comment on the process until we are ready to announce our new general manager," the Mets said in a statement.

Most Mets beat writers on Twitter are speculating that the announcement will come on Friday. All signs so far have Alderson as the favorite over former Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:42 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 3:13 pm
 

Is Alderson set to be next Mets GM?

Take it for what it's worth, but blogger and radio host Matt Pignataro has revealed that Sandy Alderson will be named the Mets GM within the next 5-7 days.

Alderson as the front-runner is no secret, so it wouldn't be a surprise if this actually turned out to be true.

UPDATE : Ken Gurnick has Dodgers assistant GM Logan White as no longer in the running.

UPDATE : It's down to Alderson and Josh Byrnes, as the New Jersey Star-Ledger notes. Byrnes will interview Monday, Alderson Tuesday. There will likely be an announcement next Wednesday or following the World Series.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 21, 2010 5:22 pm
 

Mets conclude first round of GM interviews

The first round of GM interviews is complete, and the Mets will now focus on narrowing the pool of candidates.

Sandy Alderson remains the heavy favorite, as he had a well-publicized second interview that the Mets termed a continuation of the first. Alderson has years of GM experience under his belt and currently works for MLB.

His competition is Red Sox special assistant to the GM Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, ex-Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White and Blue Jays assistant GM Dana Brown.

"As you may know, earlier today we completed the initial round of interviews with six talented candidates to become the new general manager of the New York Mets," COO Jeff Wilpon wrote in an e-mail to fans.. "Each was extremely impressive -- Allard Baird, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes, Sandy Alderson, Logan White and Dana Brown. All reiterated their desire and interest in pursuing this opportunity. We will be in direct communication with each as we narrow the candidate pool by early next week. We subsequently will invite the leading candidates back to meet with Fred [Wilpon], Saul [Katz] and me."

-- Evan Brunell

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