As we know, the Mets fired GM Omar Minaya and Manager Jerry Manuel after the disappointing season that recently ended. Well, tomorrow they’ll announce the hiring of Sandy Alderson, who built the terrific A’s teams of the 80s and 90s. According to most of the writers, Alderson was the leading candidate from the moment he agreed to be interviewed.
Mets fans are fatalistic by nature, but I’m actually quite pleased about this hiring. He sounds like a control freak, but as long as he brings me playoff appearances and (hopefully!) a championship or two I’ll be happy delirious. I’ll admit that it’s more than a tad worrisome that Alderson was responsible for hiring Art Howe and Ken Macha as managers because both were failures once they left Oakland, so we have to hope that perhaps the success those teams enjoyed was due to Alderson rather than Messrs. Howe and Macha.
According to Mike Lupica, Larry Lucchino (President/CEO of the Boston Red Sox) describes Alderson as being:
[o]ne of the brightest, most innovative, and most experienced baseball executives in the game. He is respected, connected, and well-liked. And his franchises have a track record of winning.
Mets Nation is antsy, and with good reason. The team has been beyond pathetic since Beltran stood at the plate and watched that Adam Wainright curveball go by in October of 2006. We have to hope that Sandy Alderson is the man who will help us forget all about it. After re-signing Takahashi (who must be re-signed by Sunday, otherwise he’s lost to us until May), Step 1 is hiring a field manager. Lupica’s column says that Alderson is not likely to promote Wally Backman or Ken Oberkfell since they have no major-league experience. So, who does have major league experience? Torre, Gaston, Piniella and Cox are retired. Or are they? There have been rumors that Torre might come out of retirement to manage the Mets. Despite the fact that having Torre in orange-and-blue would tweak the Yankees, I can’t think of any reason to want him back on the Mets. What about John Russell (recently fired by the Pirates)? Or Bob Brenly (he led the 2001 Diamondbacks to the WS and is now back in the announcer’s booth, but rumor has it that he’ll be with the Brewers next year)? We’ll just have to wait and see.