Sandy Alderson is back! Well, not yet, but once incoming owner Steve Cohen gets the necessary votes for approval, he will be. Sandy Alderson was the Mets General Manager from 2010-18 and currently serves as a senior adviser to baseball operations in Oakland. Alderson took a leave of absence in 2018 when he was undergoing cancer treatment. The Mets then finished the year with a trio of executives, including Omar Minaya and John Ricco. Brodie Van Wagenen was subsequently the Mets choice to replace Alderson. He has looked rather unimpressive in his first two years with his wacky trades and depletion of the farm system.
Sandy Alderson to Serve as President of Baseball Operations
Sandy Alderson will be returning to the Mets under impending owner Steve Cohen in an advisory role. According to Cohen, he will serve as the President of Baseball Operations. This holds true to what Cohen reportedly said a couple days ago in a report by Joel Sherman. “It’s premature to talk about management decisions, but I can say with certainty that baseball people will be running baseball operations.” This serves as a breath of fresh air for Mets fans, who have suffered under the watch of COO Jeff Wilpon, whom many were frustrated with. Looking at his background, Wilpon had limited if any background in the industry surrounding baseball operations which complicated things under his watch. Whether this quote was a direct jab at Jeff or not, Mets fans are already loving what they’re hearing from their new billionaire owner.
Alderson will return to holding a prominent role in the Mets organization, and while he likely won’t serve as the General Manager, he will either assist in choosing a new one or aim to groom Brodie into a stronger one. It’s possible this move was done to ease some concerns among owners to sure up approval, but as Cohen says he wants baseball people running the operations. The move serves to act as a sense of credibility and stability to Cohen for the other MLB owners. In this scenario, Cohen would reportedly serve as the Mets chairman and CEO.
Alderson Looks to Build off Mets Core that He Built
Sandy Alderson remains one of the most knowledgeable executives in the game as many forget his involvement with Moneyball. Despite being up there in age, there’d be flexibility to oversee the operations in the best way he sees fit. Alderson became the Mets General Manager in 2010. He did the best he could with the resources available despite a tight budget. This was a result of the Mets payroll generally in the bottom half of the league. This is obviously a result of the Wilpons’ misfortunes with Bernie Madoff, but that’s another story for another day. A majority of the current Mets core are a result of Alderson’s draft picks and/or trades. This includes Brandon Nimmo, Dom Smith, Michael Conforto, Andres Gimenez, Jeff McNeil, and Amed Rosario.
This crop represents a majority of the Mets lineup and is a testament to Alderson’s baseball instincts and abilities. He used his exceptional skills to build a talented team through the draft and international signings. In 2015, he supplemented a pitching staff mostly formulated under the Omar Minaya regime in a few circumstances. His July deals of Tyler Clippard, Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, and Yoenis Cespedes boosted the team in an enormous way. They subsequently rode all this momentum to the World Series, where they ultimately fell to Kansas City in five games.
A New Era of Mets Baseball is About to Get Underway
A new era of Mets baseball is about to get underway, with a familiar face, however. Cohen made a statement early Thursday morning stating:
“If I am fortunate enough to be approved by Major League Baseball as the next owner of this iconic franchise, Sandy Alderson will become president of the New York Mets and will oversee all Mets baseball and business operations. Alderson is an accomplished and respected baseball executive who shares my philosophy of building an organization and a team the right way. I am excited to have Sandy in a key leadership role with the Mets if my purchase of the team is approved. Lets’ Go Mets!
As a result, it’s clear that this is a significant first move for impending owner Steve Cohen and shows that he is ready to hit the ground running. Mets fans should be and seemingly are excited and have patiently waited for their club to be run competently. Cohen is showing Mets fans and the whole baseball world that he is indeed serious about that. As the old saying goes for Mets fans, “There’s always next year,” which is something that Mets fans have become accustomed to under the Wilpons. However, for the first time in a long time, there will be true anticipation for Mets fans in 2021. Under a Steve Cohen ownership, Mets fans can have hope again. Change is finally here: Steve Cohen is coming!