The Present and The Future: Where the Mets Go From Here
Because of the failures of this past offseason, the Mets are going to be behind the eight-ball once again. This upcoming free agency class will offer New York a chance to not only remodel their roster but push it above teams like the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves in the division. The Mets should come away with several big names and could fill plenty of holes this upcoming offseason.
And it starts from the top down. The Mets have to find a new President of Baseball Operations, a new general manager, and the proper people below them.
Zack Scott has done well, but not enough to earn the official general manager title. Sandy Alderson, an architect of New York’s most recent World Series team, has seen the game past him by and would better serve as an honorary front office member who doesn’t make baseball decisions. New York, and more importantly, Steve Cohen has no choice but to upgrade the front office staff this season in order to regain ground in the National League.
And more importantly, the Mets need to move on from Sandy Alderson. Not only is his product a failure, but the Mets have failed to make the Mets organization one that’s safe for women. Not only was he instrumental in the hiring of Porter, but he was also in the room for the hiring of former Mets, now vagabond Mickey Callaway, who was fired from the Los Angeles Angels for sexual misconduct.
How many times is Alderson going to mess up the vetting process? Callaway was the first, Porter was the second, and the culture surrounding the New York Mets was already placed under the spotlight in a separate article in the Athletic here. At some point, we have to not only question the people being hired, but the people doing the hiring and after apologizing twice for a poor “vetting process” and placing a downright poor product on the field, Alderson has to go.
As the New York Mets close out the final eight weeks of the season, New York is fighting upward to make it a race in the National League East and hopefully make it to the postseason. However, if the Mets fail to make the postseason, they would’ve done with while holding on to a lead of four-and-a-half games for the majority of the season. None of the contending teams in the division are good enough to make up that ground.
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The Mets front office not only failed the previous offseason, but they also failed the trade deadline and are the lead contributors in the most disappointing season in recent memory.