Former New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson will make his return to the front office as team president and oversee a roster he has largely constructed himself.
New York Mets owner in waiting Steve Cohen has already made his first big move before officially stepping foot into Mets headquarters as the team’s new CEO. On Thursday morning reports around the league had surfaced that Cohen was bringing back former Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson as Team President, pending his ownership approval from the other 31 Major League Baseball owners in November.
The 72-year old Alderson, who is currently a Senior Advisor with the Oakland Athletics, was the Mets General Manager from 2010-2018. Most famously Alderson is widely recognized for constructing and developing the 2015 Mets squad that won the National League Pennant and went on to the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. Due to the Mets’ success in 2015, Alderson also took home the Baseball America Executive of the Year Award.
We all know Alderson, for the most part, wasn’t able to operate with a big market budget throughout his time in New York due to no fault in his own, and it’ll be interesting to see how he approaches operations in the front office with the biggest budget he’s ever had.
While Alderson’s departure from the Mets organization back in 2018 was not the way anybody would like to have seen him go out due to his ongoing battle with cancer, it’s only fitting that Alderson returns back to the organization he has helped construct for close to a decade.
At this point, it is yet to be determined if Alderson will be handling more than the day-to-day baseball and business operations, and stepping back into the General Manager’s seat. But in celebration of Alderson’s return to the Mets front office, I thought it was only fitting to revisit five of Alderson’s best moves as the Mets General Manager.