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NY Mets Front Office Search: Everything zen, I don’t think so

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07: General manager Sandy Alderson of the New York Mets speaks to members of the media during batting practice before the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Nationals/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07: General manager Sandy Alderson of the New York Mets speaks to members of the media during batting practice before the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Nationals/Getty Images)
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We have already struck Theo Epstein off the list of potential hires for the New York Mets front office. This leaves us with a still large pool to choose from. Billy Beane would be nice. David Stearns could help turn the franchise around for decades.

However, it seems as if the likelihood of the Mets getting their number one, two, and maybe even three choice isn’t going to go their way. Every top candidate seems to come with a roadblock. It’s a gut feel more than anything else. I just can’t think positively.

The overhaul of the coaching staff has already begun with nearly everyone leaving in one way or another. The Mets will need to take this hiring process one step at a time. Two major positions they need to figure out are President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. From there, they can get on with hiring the coaches.

Everything is not zen with the Mets search for a new front office

The Mets have swung and missed in a big way with some of their recent hires. I know many were done under the previous regime. Luis Rojas was a quick replacement for Carlos Beltran. Who would have thought Zack Scott’s tenure would end before it really began?

It’s a little disheartening to see the Mets enter the 2021 season with such high expectations only to fail to finish even at .500. Rarely will you see a team in this game take a huge leap forward from one year to the next. To make matters worse, the Mets are building from scratch with everything other than the players on the field.

I tend to pay as little attention to the front office situation in baseball as I do to the personal accomplishments people share on social media. You made dinner for yourself. Great! We don’t need to see a picture. Nobody cares what happened to you at work.

This winter is a little different for me. In the past, the front office situation for the Mets had much more minimal turnover. Last year, it was seemingly all about replacing Brodie Van Wagenen. The Mets failed with that to epic proportions. Luckily, enough went wrong where all of our fingers can get to work pointing at someone or something to blame.

The trouble I have with this front office search the Mets are undertaking is how little I trust Sandy Alderson right now. It’s not all his fault but I can’t help but think some people might be turned off by the idea of working under him—not because of who he is but because of the ceiling right above their head.

Each organization can run things a little differently from others. Alderson doesn’t have to micromanage the new hires. As the team president, I’m not quite sure what his official duties even are. There seems to be a real lack of clarity as to who does what. The mess that was created in 2021 surely made things a little more confusing with Alderson seemingly falling back into his old duties.

Whoever the Mets hire for any of these positions, I’ll reserve judgment for when I know a little bit more about each and how they perform in 2022.

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In the meantime, I’ll fill the cup with pessimism. What can go wrong has for the Mets. I would say the team is due for a year without a circus but I know better.

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