If Sandy Alderson is hired by Mets to be their new GM, than the majority of this blog becomes moot. Basically. the former Marine with four division titles, three American League pennants, one World Series championship on his resume can handle the Wilpons and their “suggestions”.
If and when Alderson is hired, I’ll spend some time discussing the pros and cons of such a move. However, there have been some developments which should raise a red flag’
The excellent Dan Martin, in Thursday’s New York Post, reported the following about the Mets’ current GM search:
As for the autonomy issue, Wilpon said they discussed it with all three GM candidates because the notion that Mets’ ownership is more meddlesome than others is so prevalent.
But Ricco said that according to all three candidates, the Mets’ structure is the same as other teams’.
“It’s universally similar across the board,” Ricco said. “What we have here is standard.”
The assistant GM is sitting in the interviews for his potential boss? In what universe is that done?
Well, maybe he’s just sitting there, and not asking questions. You know, because a subordinate asking the candidates to be his immediate superior would be completely inappropriate. Right?
“John and I both are extremely happy with what we’ve seen and heard from all three of them,” Jeff Wilpon said. “They were all attuned to exactly where we’re at as an organization, and have an idea for not only ’11, but ’12 and ’13 and moving on. A lot of discussion about scouting, development, all aspects of the business. They have been very extensive, full-day meetings with three very smart guys.”
“(They’re) looking at not only the short term, but the long term, and that is what we asked them for,” Ricco said. “We asked them for their views on ’11, ’12 and ’13, and that’s what we heard.”
Call me crazy, but this is completely ridiculous and inidcative of how completely rudderless and bungling this baseball operation has become.
Are Chip Hale and Dan Warthen going to sit in with the new GM for the manager interviews? Because it’s the same thing, not to mention that another go-around of having the GM and ownership shoose the coaching staff for the new manager, who may or may not be the choice of the new GM.