Sandy Alderson will be named the new Mets GM today at 2:00, ushering a new Mets era where actual professionals may be running the team.
Alderson, a Marine and Vietnam vet, has served as president of the Oakland A's during their steroidically successful seasons in the late 80's/early 90's. Sandy was also CEO of the Padres before his latest role working for MLB.
Bud Selig put the hard sell on the Wilpons to bring Alderson in and relinquish control of the baseball decision-making. Ya gotta believe Sandy will be calling all the shots or he wouldn't have taken the job.According to Amazin' Avenue, Alderson
is also bringing in some big guns when he comes. "According to several sources, he already has reached out to Paul
DePodesta, whom he hired in San Diego, to help strengthen the Mets
' statistical department and J.P.
Ricciardi, whom he worked with in Oakland, to assist on player personnel."
Supposedly Sandy believes in hiring understated managers who don't rock the boat, so no Bobby V or Wally. But please...no Art Howe!
So is Sandy the right man for the job? Well he's a different man for the
job, so that's a start. Lets face it: a GM is critical to a team's success but it will take more to get Met fans excited and back in the ballpark. There is alot of outreach Sandy and his unit will have to do once they hit the beach and establish a perimeter. Semper Fi.
Here's the note from Mets management:
|October 29, 2010|
Dear Mets Fans:
We are pleased to announce we have hired Sandy
Alderson as the new General Manager of the New York Mets.
We realize this is a critical time for the future
of this organization and we are confident Sandy is the right person to
reinvigorate this franchise and produce a winning and contending team for the
Sandy has led clubs to a World Championship,
three American League Pennants and six division titles. He has served as General
Manager, President and Chief Executive Officer of teams and also an Executive
Vice President at the Commissioner's Office.
We will introduce Sandy this afternoon during a
press conference at Citi Field broadcast live on SNY and Mets.com at 2:00 p.m.
This is the first step of many in our continuing
efforts to follow through on our pledge to deliver a team our fans can be proud
of for the short and long term.
Thanks again for your support.