The New York Mets will go with a “three-headed monster” in the general manager’s seat for the time being. Let’s get to know each of those brains.
On Tuesday, Sandy Alderson sat in front of reporters at Citi Field for what may be his last press conference as General Manager of the New York Mets.
The room was filled with a stunned silence after they learned that Alderson would be taking a leave from his GM post effective immediately.
Taking a step back to focus on his health, after a reoccurrence of cancer, Alderson shared his mindset for the future.
“None of us writes his or her script. You deal with circumstances as they arise. I am grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had here, all the opportunities I’ve had in the game, and for whatever opportunities may arise in the future. This isn’t Disney World. We have to deal with life as it presents itself, and I’m OK with that.”
When Mets COO Jeff Wilpon was pressed with questions about Alderson’s future with the organization he said, “I’m just really concerned for Sandy’s health and that he’s back with his family and doing everything he can to weather this storm the best he can.’’
In true Sandy fashion, he also gave us his hopes for the rest of 2018. “I feel bad that we’ve had the season that we have had to date. I feel personally responsible for the results that we’ve had. At the same time, I have confidence in our manager, our coaching staff, our players, that this will change.”
In the interim, the day-to-day General Managing will be done by three Mets executives: John Ricco, J.P. Ricciardi, and Omar Minaya.
Alderson gave them his vote of confidence by saying, “John, Omar, J.P., I’m sure, will take a hard look at where we are, maybe take a fresh look at where we are. And I have every confidence that they will serve the franchise well over the next few months through the end of the season.”
But who are these three men? These three heads of the new Mets “Three-Headed GM”? That’s a very good question.