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Sandy Alderson has totally revamped the Mets scouting system

Feb 9, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

Sandy Alderson Citi Field

In the Rotoworld Draft Guide — which you should totally buy now — I wrote an article ranking the top transactions of the offseason. I included the Mets hiring of Sandy Alderson in the top 10. It was the only non-player signing I mentioned. I mentioned it for good reason. Stuff like what the Daily News is reporting about how he has totally revamped the scouting department:

In contrast to Omar Minaya’s method of assigning pro scouts to a large number of major league teams (special assistant Bryan Lambe, for example, covered the entire National League last year), Alderson’s Mets will charge each pro scout with covering just three organizations, but far more comprehensively than before – from the low minor leagues to the major league club. J.P. Ricciardi will oversee their work.

“I don’t think there is a right way or a wrong way to do it, but this gives you a little more continuity,” Ricciardi said. “Getting guys on a system, from A-ball to Double-A to Triple-A, gives you a better understanding of what the organization is doing.”

I don’t believe for a second that anyone as famously, um, confident as J.P. Ricciardi believes that there isn’t a right way and a wrong way and that he isn’t now in charge of the right way.

And I can’t help but think that giving guys less breadth of responsibility but greater depth will help improve the Mets’ scouting operation.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Feb 9, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    That seems to make so much sense that I wonder why it wasn’t the practice in the first place.

  2. screename529 - Feb 9, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    What happened to the “diving into the depths” feature?

    • Old Gator - Feb 9, 2011 at 6:24 PM

      Maybe he banged his head on the bottom of the swimming pool. I did that once. Ouch.

  3. lja76 - Feb 9, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    thank god for once, there is some real signs of hope here in queens. but, like always when it comes to the mets, because it can never be easy for us, we got this wilpon madoff mess. screw same old jets. its should be same old mets! maybe its an -ETS thing. jets mets, nets? (islanders your on your own) maybe we should change our name?

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