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Mets Introduce Sandy Alderson In Press Conference

When Sandy Alderson took to the podium at Citi Field, the new General Manager of the Mets surveyed the media in attendance and quipped, "Today's gathering represents about 17 years of press coverage in Oakland," in reference to his 15-year tenure as the Athletics' GM. That comment drew laughter from everyone in attendance and set the tone for the press conference. Alderson showed himself to be witty, but also insightful.

"I view the position of the General Manager of the New York Mets as the best job available in baseball," said Alderson in his opening statement, "not only now but for the foreseeable future." He said the Mets are "an iconic franchise in a great city, a city that inspires all of us to dream big," which is one of the reasons why he took the position. He also said New York's "stable, caring ownership" and "committed, very passionate fans" were factors that made the Mets attractive.

Under his leadership, Alderson said, the Mets "will strive for consistency and, above all, excellence." But he is not strictly about business: "Baseball is a game. It's entertainment. We all ought to have fun in the process."

But the main topic today, understandably, was indeed business. "The baseball calendar waits for no one," Alderson said, which is why the team is eager to begin interviewing managerial candidates. He says that process will begin next week and he is "excited" about who might be available. Alderson wants a manager who will "reflect the general philosophy of the organization." He also desires a manager who is "somewhat analytical," but who can be "intuitive" when the situation calls for it.

The Mets also need to make some free-agency decisions soon, and Alderson said he is addressing the situation of left-handed reliever Hisanori Takahashi "at the moment."

Notably, Alderson said "I think a fiery manager is actually quite desirable," noting that the manager is often "a proxy" for fans who want to see their team succeed.

Alderson was bound to face questions about the current roster, and he indeed was asked how he planned to deal with the situations of underachieving, unhappy, overpaid veterans such as Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez. "I'm certainly mindful of public opinion," Alderson said, "but from a personal and organizational standpoint, we have to be circumspect." Later, he added, "We need to be careful about writing off any player or asset we may have."

A key for Alderson is flexibility. "You need to be agile," he said, in listing what he looks for in an organization. But he probably won't enjoy that level of flexibility this season, however much he'd like to. "In the free-agent market, we want to be in the market every year. Will we be in the market this year? Unlikely."

However, Alderson made it clear that he takes 2011 very seriously; he is not biding his time until 2012. "I am by no means thinking past 2011. I'm very optimistic about 2011." Of importance to him this year is "to set up a situation where we're as active and aggressive as possible."

The Mets have their new GM, and he's already trying to change the organizational culture. We'll have to wait just a bit to see if his efforts will translate into more success on the field.


Sandy Alderson To Be introduced As GM By Mets On Friday

Sandy Alderson has been named general manager of the New York Mets, the team confirmed today.

Alderson, the former president and GM of the Oakland Athletics and chief executive officer of the San Diego Padres, will have to leave his current job with Major League Baseball in which he’s leading efforts to reform operations in the Dominican Republic.

Alderson, who turns 63 next month, was Oakland’s general manager from 1983-97, also serving as team president from 1993-95 and 1996-97. He built power-packed teams led by the Bash Brothers of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco that won three straight pennants from 1988-90 and a World Series title in ‘89.

Well-respected among MLB executives, Alderson was executive vice president for baseball operations in the commissioner’s office from 1998-05. He was the Padres’ CEO from 2005-09.

The team will officially introduce Alderson during a press conference Friday at Citi Field.


Sandy Alderson Will Be New York Mets' General Manager

Sports Illustrated reported this morning that the New York Mets will hire Sandy Alderson to succeed Omar Minaya as the team’s general manager.

From SI:

The Mets made the choice after bringing back Alderson and former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes as finalists.

The official hire of Alderson could come as early as Friday, as announcements are discouraged on days of World Series games.

Alderson, 62, brings instant added credibility to the Mets, who have had two straight losing seasons.

Alderson was a longtime GM of the A’s, building the successful teams of the late ‘80s and early ’90s, and more recently served as the PadresCEO. He worked in several big jobs at the commissioner’s office, as well.

Alderson appeared to have the backing of commissioner Bud Selig and, more importantly, Mets team owner Fred Wilpon from the start. Though he hasn’t been a GM since 1997, Mets people say he was "well versed’’ on current players.

I guess we are about to find out just how “well versed” Alderson is. Like this move, Mets fans?


Sandy Alderson Interviews, Concluding Mets Search For A General Manager

The New York Mets Tuesday concluded interviews for their vacant general manager position when they spoke with former Oakland general manager Sandy Alderson for a second time.

The team has also interviewed form Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes twice.

“Fred, Saul and I met with Sandy Alderson today at Citi Field,” Jeff Wilpon said Tuesday in a statement. “We will have no further comment on the process until we are ready to announce our new general manager.”

Alderson, 62, is considered the clear frontrunner after helping construct an A’s team that won four division titles, three pennants and one World Series during 15 seasons as general manager from 1983-97. He later worked for Major League Baseball before heading San Diego’s baseball operations department for four years.

So, Mets’ fans. Alderson or Byrnes? Which one do you want?


Mets' GM Search Down To Six Finalists

The New York Mets have reportedly narrowed their search for a new general manager to six candidates.

Former Oakland GM Sandy Alderson, Red Sox assistant to the GM Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, former D-backs GM Josh Byrnes, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White and Blue Jays special assistant to the GM Dana Brown are the finalists.


Sandy Alderson To Get Second Interview For Mets' GM Job

SB Nation's Amazin' Avenue has your latest update on the New York Mets search for a general manager.

I'll lead off again with the Met GM speculation as the New York Post is reporting that Sandy Alderson has been asked to interview for a second time with New York. No decision, however, is imminent and the Mets still need to interview a candidate who can qualify under MLB's minority quota rules as the Tigers denied them the chance to speak with Al Avila. The Mets also continue to wait for the possible chance to speak with Texas and Queens native Jon Daniels.

It will be an upset if Alderson does not get this job. He has been the front-runner since the beginning, and nothing seems to have changed that.


Bobby Valentine Waiting For Mets' Managerial Job?

Bobby Valentine has turned down an offer to manage the Florida Marlins.

That, of course, leads to speculation that the former Met skipper is hoping for another shot with the team. The Mets need a new manager after firing Jerry Manuel.

Valentine did lead the Mets to the 2000 World Series, but the possibility of him returning to the team is certain to bring a mixed reaction from the fanbase.


Mets General Manager Search: Logan White, Dodgers Assistant GM, Newest Candidate

Add another name to the list of candidates for the vacant New York Mets general manager position.

Dodgers assistant GM Logan White will become the fifth man to interview for the Mets’ GM job, has confirmed.

White, the longtime Dodgers scouting guru who’s overseen the selections of Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Matt Kemp, James Loney, Russell Martin and others,joins Sandy Alderson, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes and Allard Baird as candidates interviewing for the Mets’ GM job.


Allard Baird First Candidate Interviewed For New York Mets' General Manager Job

Sandy Alderson might be a shoo-in to get the job eventually, but the first candidate interviewed for the New York Mets general manager vacancy was former Kansas City GM Allard Baird.

Baird, 48, spent 6 1/2 seasons last decade as general manager of the Royals. Due to payroll constraints in Kansas City, he became most famous for trading away young stars Johnny Damon, Jermaine Dye and Carlos Beltran, on each occasion receiving little in return.

Because Baird’s background is in scouting, it is perhaps little surprise that Kansas City’s most productive moves under his watch came during various First-Year Player Drafts — most notably when the Royals selected starting pitcher Zack Greinke in 2002 and first baseman Billy Butler in 2004.

After the Royals dismissed him in 2006, Baird hooked on with the Red Sox, quickly rising to his current post of assistant to general manager Theo Epstein.

Baird interviewed on Monday with Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, assistant general manager John Ricco and other front-office executives. After meeting with Hahn, Byrnes and Alderson later this week, the Mets will proceed to the next phase of the interview process, reconnecting with the finalists.

Sounds like the Mets might have a GM in place within a week or so.


Mets' General Manager Search: Sandy Alderson Clear Front-Runner

The New York Daily News says it “hard to imagine a different outcome” other than Sandy Alderson becoming New York Mets general manager.

Alderson, 62, was the GM of the Oakland Athletics from 1983-1997. He later worked for commissioner Bud Selig’s office and served as CEO of the San Diego Padres. Alderson is currently working for MLB to stabilize various issues in the Dominican Republic.

While one of the other candidates could so impress the Wilpons during the interview process that the owners hire him over Alderson, this does not seem likely. It is clear that Selig is invested in Alderson’s candidacy. Once Alderson told the Daily News last Friday that he was interested in the position and would meet with Jeff Wilpon on Thursday or Friday, he became the logical front-runner for the job.

The Daily News also speculates that Alderson would keep deposed general manager Omar Minaya with the organization as a super scout.


New York Mets To Begin Interviewing General Manager Candidates

The New York Mets will apparently begin interviewing candidates for their vacant general manager job next week.

According to a team official, the Mets have scheduled three interviews next week for their vacant GM position: Rick Hahn, White Sox assistant GM; Allard Baird, Boston’s assistant to the GM; and Josh Byrnes, former D-backs GM.

Hahn, a Chicago-area native with degrees from the University of Michigan, Harvard Law School and Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, also boasts two years’ experience as a player agent and has negotiated more than a half-billion dollars’ worth of contracts in 10 seasons with the White Sox.

Baird, 49, is a former GM in Kansas City, perhaps best known for a series of unpopular trades that saw the Royals deal Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran and Jermaine Dye over the span of three years in the last decade.

For the past four seasons, Baird has ranked among Theo Epstein’s top lieutenants in Boston.

Byrnes, 40, is another Epstein disciple who served as D-backs GM from November 2005 until his dismissal in July. A graduate of Haverford College with a degree in English, Byrnes has developed a reputation as a strong proponent of advanced statistical metrics.

Other potential candidates for the position are Rangers GM Jon Daniels, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, Rays assistant GM Gerry Hunsicker, former Rangers GM John Hart, and former A’s and Padres GM Sandy Alderson.


Jeff Wilpon: New Plan and Direction A Must By New GM

New York Mets Chief Operating Officer and co-owner Jeff Wilpon spoke to WFAN 660 and YES Network sports-talk host Mike Francesa shortly after Omar Minaya addressed the media. Here is a quick synopsis of what he said:

The new general manager candidate will need to have a new plan, ideas and direction than the previous leadership.

Any suggestion that the Mets franchise is in any financial hardship is false.

There could be cuts, discounts and new packages to ticket prices, mostly targeted at season-ticket holders.

The organization felt the Mets are not a team, but a group of individuals. The new GM and manager will need to find a way to make New York a team again.

Wilpon was frustrated over another losing season but found positives in the young players like R.A. Dickey, Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada.

He graded the Mets as mediocre during the past couple seasons.

Wilpon believes the Mets fans care most about winning.


Omar Minaya Discusses Losing His Job

Omar Minaya discusses his dismissal as New York Mets general manager.


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