SANDY MEETS THE METS – FORMER CO-WORKER SAYS ALDERSON UP TO CHALLENGE
Paul DePodesta isn’t surprised Sandy Alderson is making a push
Mets’ general manager job.
“He’s fiercely competitive, even if he doesn’t show it
outwardly,” said DePodesta, the former Dodgers GM, who was hired by
Alderson four years ago to work in San Diego’s front office, where
he is now an executive vice president.
“I think that’s why he’s intrigued by the
Mets’ situation,” DePodesta said by
phone yesterday. “He’s energized by challenges whether it’s the
Dominican Republic or [overseeing] umpires. And the
Mets are another one.”
Alderson spent yesterday at Citi Field, the fourth person to
meet with team COO Jeff Wilpon and interim head of baseball
operations John Ricco. Alderson followed Red Sox assistant GM
Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn and former
Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes.
Next on the list is Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, who will
head to Queens today. Wilpon said on Wednesday that the team still
was waiting to get permission to talk to other people, but nothing
further has been scheduled.
The 62-year-old Alderson is seen as the leading candidate to
replace Omar Minaya, who was ousted last week. Alderson was the
general managerin Oakland from 1983-97 and built the team that
reached three straight World Series before he left to join the
He returned to MLB in March to help clean up baseball operations
in Latin America, but was urged by commissioner Bud Selig to
consider running the
“He’s one of the few people in baseball who have done it all and
had success doing everything,” DePodesta said. “When he walks in a
room, it’s clear he’s in command. It doesn’t need to be said. He
doesn’t gain that presence through intimidation.”
DePodesta said Alderson’s style would work anywhere.
“A lot of people think because of the military background,
everything would be regimented,” DePodesta said, referring to
Alderson’s time in the Marines during the Vietnam War. “There’s
discipline, but he seeks input from everybody.”
And DePodesta added that any reservations a team might have
because Alderson hasn’t been a general manager since leaving
Oakland are misguided.
“He was always in the know, even though [former GM] Kevin
[Towers] had autonomy,” DePodesta said of Alderson, who was San
Diego’s CEO from 2005-2009. “He was very well-informed. . . . He
didn’t carry out the transactions – that was for us to do – but he
clearly set the vision for the franchise.”
Another potential candidate, Texas GM Jon Daniels, could be
available after the Rangers’ season ends, but the Queens native has
repeatedly kept his focus on his current team. He told reporters in
Arlington yesterday only that the
Mets have not contacted him.
Daniels’ old boss, former Cleveland and Texas GM John Hart, said
he doesn’t expect to see Daniels leave the Rangers.
“Jon has vested a tremendous amount into the Rangers and they
have a good group there, from the new ownership to young players,”
Hart said. “There’s an ability to have a good window there.”
Hart, now a consultant with Texas, said the
Mets have not contacted him.