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Alderson appears to be the favorite for Mets' GM opening

Oct 10, 2010, 9:43 AM EST

October is young and the search might carry on well into autumn, but it sure sounds like Sandy Alderson is the front-runner for the Mets' opening at general manager. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote Saturday that the "Mets' circumstances...

October is young and the search might carry on well into autumn, but it sure sounds like Sandy Alderson is the front-runner for the Mets’ opening at general manager.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote Saturday that the “Mets’ circumstances cry out for what Alderson offers — a combination of brains, stature, accomplishment and fortitude. Case closed.” 

Steve Popper of the Bergen Record spoke to a baseball executive who called Alderson “the clear choice, maybe the only choice” to fill the Mets’ needs.

It’s a love fest in New York.

Alderson, 62, is currently running point on commissioner Bud Selig’s effort to clean up the corruption that surrounds youth baseball in the Dominican Republic.  He was a Marine in Vietnam and graduated from Harvard Law.  Most importantly, he built winning teams with very little resources during the 80s and 90s as president of the A’s. 

Given the Mets’ $130 million payroll and the freedom to shake up the club’s farm system, Alderson might finally be able to bring playoff baseball to Citi Field.

  1. Woe is Mets - Oct 10, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    yes! CitiField hasn’t seen playoff baseball in its long, storied history of 2 years. let’s overreact and use loaded, throwaway sentences in our short blog post. huzzah

  2. SDelMonte - Oct 10, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Will he get autonomy? Obviously, if he comes, he’s getting it. But will the Wilpons listen to reason and offer it? We can only hope and dream.
    Though it is wise to recall that the last time the Mets took a veteran of the A’s, it was Art Howe.

  3. Old Gator - Oct 10, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    After Hollywood hackmeister Harvey Weinstein shredded Billy Bob Thornton’s three hour epic version of All the Pretty Horses down to an hour and fifty five and left it so choppy and incoherent that the box office had little recourse but to euthanize it, Billy Bob famously said that if he ever worked for a big studio again “my contract is going to say just three words: kiss-my-ass. That’s the only way I can work.”
    .
    If Sandy Alderson is crazy enough to leave his perch next to the peregrine falcon nest on the cornice outside his window at MLB and go work for Wilpon, his contract damned well better skip the fluffy codicils and read precisely the same.

  4. mustbechris - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    For the Mets to bring playoff baseball to Citi Field, they’d have to be better than every team in the NL besides the Phillies and whoever wins the West and the Central. I don’t see this occurring for quite some time.

  5. Route36West - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:36 AM

    A Gm isnt going to bring wins to Citi Field . Unless he blows this team up and starts from scratch. The team right now even though talented have had to many bad expierences together and will continue to fold under the slightest pressure. You cant keep this core together and expect to win. They need to break up Reyes and Wright that isnt going to work. Keep Johan and some of the new kids that werent full timers in 07 and 08 and pretty much trade talent for new talent and work free agency the RIGHT way. Not just signing guys bc u know there names. Even if the new GM does everything right its gonna take a couple years to right the ship. They wont be competing for the division till 2013 IMO.

  6. -z- - Oct 12, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Old Gator is on the mark! – Until Fred convinces the Idiot Son to do something else with his life, the Mets are doomed.

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