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O’Connor: Sandy Alderson needs to apologize for steroids

Oct 28, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

Sandy Alderson

ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor thinks Sandy Alderson may be a great GM choice for the Mets, but he thinks he needs to atone for past sins before taking the job:

But when he steps to the microphone as Omar Minaya’s replacement, Alderson should take the time of offer an apology. He should say he’s sorry for being an enabler at a time when baseball desperately needed a whistle-blower and a leader. He should say he’s sorry for allowing the monstrous steroid culture to grow fangs on his watch.

Sandy Alderson was a general manager for 14 years: 1983-1997.  During that time there were a few other general managers running teams with ballplayers who took PEDs. Namely all of them.  Is O’Connor asking for apologies from Pat Gillick? Lou Gorman? Gene Michael? John Schuerholz? Syd Thryft?  I’m guessing not.

Based on his column, of course, O’Connor’s response would be that Alderson deserves more blame than anyone else because he was the A’s GM. In my view, such logic only washes if you believe that steroids were invented by Jose Canseco in Oakland in 1989 and that from that point forward, steroids were a purely Oakland Athletics’ phenomenon. Both of those ideas are nonsense, of course. And I think even O’Connor would agree that PEDs became a baseball-wide problem, not one attributable to a single clubhouse.

But hey, maybe O’Connor has a point here. And maybe it’s a point he truly believes, rather than one that he’s merely throwing out there because it made for a nice angry column during the lull between playoff games.  If that’s the case, I fully expect O’Connor to be at the press conference in which Sandy Alderson is introduced as the Mets’ new GM and to ask Alderson to make the apology he believes is warranted.

Shall we hold our breath?

  1. BC - Oct 28, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    That’s bullbleep. He doesn’t need to apologize. 15-20 years ago everyone knew what was going on, but no one cared. I remember taunting Canseco in Fenway Park with the STEERRRR-OIDS chant. You can’t pin this all on Alderson. I hope he tells O’Connor to stick it, and then revokes all of his Mets press credentials.
    PS. Getting an apology from Syd Thrift would be a tough one. He’s been dead for 4 years.

  2. willmose - Oct 28, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Craig, O’Connor really wants Anderson to apologize for personally using PEDs. At last, the truth is out. It was the GMs using PEDs that caused all the HRs and Ks.

  3. Charles Gates - Oct 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    ‘To a cop the explanation is never that complicated. It’s always simple. There’s no mystery to the street, no arch criminal behind it all. If you got a dead body and you think his brother did it, you’re gonna find out you’re right.’ — Verbal Kint
    If O’Connor truly believes that steroids have permeated every facet of the game, he’s going to see a steroid angle in every story that comes out. If, on the other hand, he’s just blowing smoke and pressing a hot button, then, well, congrats to his lack of creativity.

  4. scatterbrian - Oct 28, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Man, if Alderson makes an appearance in “Moneyball” you’d have to go with Christopher Guest.

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