Tag:Sandy Alderson
Posted on: October 20, 2010 3:29 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2010 11:26 am

Looking like Alderson is Mets' choice

Sandy Alderson
Sounds like Sandy Alderson is the Mets' man, and that's great news for Mets fans.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Alderson will be back at Citi Field on Thursday for his third interview, or maybe it's just one continuing, multi-part interview. Whatever. According to people Sherman has talked to, if Alderson manages not to throw up on Jeff Wilpon's shoes and sucker punch Mr. Met, he's going to be the next general manager. "Alderson is way more than just a frontrunner for the position. He is not a sure thing, but pretty darn close to it," writes Sherman.

This would be the best possible outcome for the Mets' GM search. The Mets, frankly, are kind of a joke right now in baseball circles (seriously, I can't stop watching that video), and Alderson instantly changes that. Not to say that Omar Minaya wasn't respected, but Alderson is respected on a whole other level. When he makes phone calls, they're going to be returned.

If you're not familiar with Alderson, check out his official MLB bio. He was a Marine pilot in Vietnam, and went on to graduate from Harvard Law School. He left a successful law practice to become counsel for the A's, and two years later became general manager. In his 14 years at the helm, the A's won four division titles, went to the World Series three times and won a championship in 1989. When the owners began slashing payroll, it was Alderson who started seriously looking at new tools to find undervalued players, taking a leading role in the sabermetrics movement in baseball.

He left to become executive VP of baseball operations for Bud Selig, left that job for four years to be CEO of the Padres, and returned to the commissioner's office to tackle corruption in the Dominican Republic.

Now he's reportedly jonesing to be back on the scene running a team, and that would be a big gain for the Mets.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 18, 2010 6:04 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:21 am

Alderson returning to New York

The New York Times has an update on the Mets' general manager search. In short, Sandy Alderson is headed back to Citi Field to interview with the Mets brass, but it's not a "second interview," instead, it's to complete the first interview. And then maybe he'll have a second interview.

Anyway, according to the article, the "second interview" will be a meeting with owner Fred Wilpon and team president Saul Katz. There's no word on who will get those golden tickets and if there's a "third interview" with Mr. Met and Keith Hernandez's mustache after that before heading to the speed round.

The Times adds the Mets have gotten permission to speak to Dana Brown, a special assistant to Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos. BRown will meet Wednesday with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and assistant GM John Ricco.

Alderson is considered by most as the front-runner for the job. In addition to Brown and Alderson, Logan White, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes and Allard Baird have interviewed for the gig.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 10:15 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:57 am

Avila declines to interview for Mets GM job

Al Avila The New York Mets seem to have eyes only for Sandy Alderson to become the next GM of the team, but the first round of interviews has yet to conclude.

The Mets are hoping to speak to at least one more candidate, and it will have to be a minority to satisfy the commissioner's ruling that at least one minority must be interviewed for the position. New York was hoping that would be Detroit's Al Avila, but the team turned down a request by the Mets to interview Avila as NorthJersey.com reports.

It's unknown why the Tigers rejected the opportunity for Avila (pictured) to interview, given the longtime assistant GM has interviewed in the past for posts with the Reds, Orioles, Mariners and Diamondbacks. It's possible that Avila asked the Tigers to decline the opportunity given Avila has essentially been considered an afterthought. He may consider himself simply a token minority candidate interview -- which it appears he would be -- and not want to go through the rigors of interviewing without a realistic chance.

When the first round of interviews ends, which included meeting with COO Jeff Wilpon and interim GM John Ricco, the second round will begin. This will include meetings with owner Fred Wilpon and president Saul Katz, at which point the new GM will be tabbed.

Expect that tabbing to include the name Sandy Alderson.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 12, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm

Dodgers' White to interview for Mets GM job

According to folks in Los Angeles, Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White is interviewing for the Mets' general manager position.

ESPNLosAngeles' Tony Jackson was the first to report White would interview on Friday, but then the New York Daily News refuted that report , saying the interview was only to be a scout. However, since then, MLB.com and the Los Angeles Times have also reported White will interview for the GM job.

White's two-year contract expires this year, but he has reached an agreement with the team on a new deal, according to the Times .

White interviewed for the Diamondbacks GM position that went to Kevin Towers. He also interviewed for the Astros GM job in 2007.

White will be the fifth person to interview with the Mets, along with Sandy Alderson, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes and Allard Baird.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm

Mets to interview four for GM job

The Mets will begin interviews for their general manager position this week, the New York Post 's Dan Martin reports .

Sandy Alderson has already told reporters he's scheduled an interview. A team official also told the Post the team will also interview White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, former Royals GM Allard Baird and former Arizona GM Josh Byrnes.

However, the Post also reports more people could be added to the interview list.

UPDATE: Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger tweets Baird interviewed today, Hahn will interview tomorrow, Byrnes Wednesday and Alderson on Thursday or Friday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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