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No, Sandy Alderson is not too old for the Mets job

Oct 21, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

Sandy Alderson

Matthew Artus of the Star-Ledger is a bit concerned about the guy the Mets will presumably hire as their next GM:

Should the Mets coerce Alderson to become the Answer to all the questions left behind by Omar Minaya, they would also make him the oldest General Manager in the game by 4 years . . . When I look around the front offices of MLB now and see the young guns like Theo Epstein of Boston, Jon Daniels of Texas, or Andrew Friedman of Tampa Bay succeeding where the Mets perpetually fail, my first instinct emphasizes the age. It’s not because I need their agile frames to hit fastballs, but rather the youthful perspective that can ideally inject some life into a morose franchise.

Artus goes on to wonder if the Mets aren’t simply hiring a big name to appease fans as opposed to finding “the next great baseball GM.”

This seems off to me. Sure, the trend is to find a young guy with a fresh perspective, but a pretty strong argument can be made that every single one of the guys Artus names above — and indeed, every new GM in the past decade or so — is either a direct or at least an intellectual heir to Sandy Alderson.

Baseball’s young guns? In a sense, Alderson taught them all. He was the first of the new breed of  ivy league guys who rejected the old conventional wisdom and thought it a positive thing, as opposed to a threat, to surround himself with the best and brightest he could find. The Mets should hire someone from “the new breed?”  Alderson bred them for cryin’ out loud.  He’s Yoda to their Luke. He’s Ramius to their Tupolev. He’s Felson to their Lauria.

We should worry about this choice?  Damn, man, this is the first time in ages the Mets seem to be set on making the absolute best choice possible. Let’s give them credit for it rather than wring our hands.

  1. BC - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    How old is he, anyway? Late 50’s? Hire the guy already! Let him bring in an assistant GM to groom. Then hire the manager of his choice.
    BC <—- secretly hoping manager is Bobby V.

    • Kevin S. - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:05 AM

      Alderson is about to turn 63.

      • BC - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:08 AM

        63 is the new 43 they say.

      • wickethewok - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:42 AM

        I thought 63 was the new 48i, though that could just be my imagination.

      • BC - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:55 AM

        Well, I know 63 degrees Celsius is 145 degrees Fahrenheit….

      • Detroit Michael - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:11 PM

        Yes, but that’s only relevant if Alderson was Canadian. 😉

  2. dayrunner9 - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    what is the best choice?
    a veteran executive that can be the face of the franchise and add some legitimacy or a more progressive, unknown executive with upside?
    almost all the recent examples of franchises really turning their talent base around are with the latter… but that is a much riskier move in this situation.

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