Sandy Alderson

October 27, 2010 by Post Team 

Sandy Alderson, The Mets are planning a news conference for Friday to present Sandy Alderson as its new CEO. The team made the decision to hire Alderson on Tuesday after meeting with the group of Mets ownership of three heads. Then notified the finalist candidate, Josh Byrnes, news later in the day, according to a person who has spoken with people involved in the decision.

That person was not allowed to speak publicly about the matter, because Major League Baseball prohibits teams from making major announcements during the World Series.

Similarly, the Mets would not confirm the appointment on Wednesday for Game 1 of World Series took place, but the coronation will take place on Friday, most likely at Citi Field.

While the Mets felt Byrnes, former general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, was a very strong candidate, who had set their sights on Alderson from the beginning of the process, with heavy support and encouragement of Commissioner Bud Selig, a Alderson friend and the owner of the Mets manager, Fred Wilpon.

Alderson is expected to have complete control of all baseball decisions, even though it needs approval from the ownership of the major expenses. Essentially, the Mets will give you the keys to the franchise to Alderson, who is expected to restructure the team substantially.

His first task will be to hire a manager, and Alderson has told people that do not favor the hiring of Wally Backman, a former Met who handles the kind of franchise of a team of Brooklyn. Alderson favors low-profile managers who follow the general philosophy and the strategy set by him.

Alderson, 62, the Mets come with impressive credentials after building a powerful team in Oakland, where he was CEO and president of the Athletics from 1983 to 1997. The team went to three straight World Series and won it all in 1989 in a four-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants.

Alderson has been working in the game for more than a quarter century and is credited with being at the forefront of movements called Money Ball, which places greater emphasis on statistics in making decisions on reproductive potential. That movement came into full force under the direction of Billy Beane, who succeeded Alderson in Oakland.

A former Marine with a degree from Harvard Law School, Alderson also was executive vice president of baseball operations of Major League Baseball from 1998 to 2005, and many see it as a potential replacement of Selig as commissioner of baseball when Selig ultimately decides to resign.

More recently, Alderson has been working for Major League Baseball to reorganize baseball operations in the Dominican Republic.

The Mets, Omar Minaya, who was fired as director general on 4 October after two consecutive seasons in which the team was below .500, and two seasons before that in which the team collapsed in September and missed the postseason.

In total, Minaya was at work for six seasons and came within an episode of making it to the 2006 World Series. But now that the Mets are starting again, and may have to wait a while before they get as close to a championship as they were four years ago.

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