Mets Take Bold Initiative To Hire Alderson As GM

Published on: 27th October, 2010

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Mets Take Bold Initiative To Hire Alderson As GM

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New York — One thing everyone in baseball knows about Sandy Alderson, he is not the sort of man who takes guff from anyone, for any reason. The ex-Marine, ex-Harvard Law School, ex-Dartmouth undergraduate has a history of success in his life because he established early on, the formulas of work ethic and team-building that pushed him along to his objectives.

With the imminent announcement that the New York Mets have hired Alderson to run their flailing ship (perhaps infantry is a better metaphor now, given Alderson’s military record on the ground), it becomes clear the Wilpon family has given full control to the man who built the Oakland Athletics to championship contention on a shoestring budget then, did the same thing with the San Diego Padres. Alderson would have it no other way, from all accounts, and will immediately begin to apply his vision to bringing the Mets organization and its spotty front office and locker room culture back to prominence in baseball’s largest market.

The Mets have agreed in principle to make Alderson their new general manager, with only contractual details left to complete, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Wednesday morning.

Barring any unforeseen snags, the club will introduce Alderson during a news conference Friday at Citi Field.

Alderson, 62, traveled to New York for his final interview on Tuesday, meeting with Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and president Saul Katz. He originally toured the ballpark last week with Jeff Wilpon and assistant GM John Ricco, after an initial interview with Wilpon and Ricco earlier this month in Manhattan.

The Mets met a second time with former D-backs GM Josh Byrnes, the only other candidate to earn a call-back interview, on Monday. The team did not invite Allard Baird, Rick Hahn, Logan White or Dana Brown back for second meetings. Nor did the Mets wait for the end of the World Series to complete the process, which might have afforded them the opportunity to interview Rangers GM and Queens native Jon Daniels.

That was because of the gravitas of Alderson.

Alderson, 62, has been considered the clear front-runner since Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, his current employer, granted permission for him to interview for the job earlier this month. Best known for constructing an A’s team that won four division titles, three pennants and one World Series during his 15 seasons as general manager from 1983-97, Alderson later worked for the MLB’s front office before heading San Diego’s baseball operations department for four years.

Last summer, Alderson left that post, becoming an MLB consultant for the league’s interests in the Dominican Republic. In that role, he has worked to reduce the prevalence of age falsification and the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the Dominican.

Though MLB typically frowns upon teams making significant announcements during the World Series, the Mets are seeking — and should receive — permission to introduce their new GM on Friday’s off-day between Games 2 and 3. The front office has several urgent baseball-operations issues on its agenda, including negotiations with reliever Hisanori Takahashi, who will be ineligible to rejoin the Mets until May 15 if he does not sign a new contract by the end of this month.

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