I’ve been watching New York Mets baseball for a little over 23 years and this by far will be the toughest offseason in franchise history. Not only do the Mets have many roster decisions to make, but they also need a President of Baseball Operations, a General Manager, a Manager, and a coaching staff.
Now I had some time to sit back and think about what needs to happen this offseason as well as reflect on past offseasons.
There was a lot to learn from especially the last few seasons which included a player agent who became GM, a manager who didn’t even get to manage one game, and the end of the Wilpon era.
From all of this, all I could think of is what the New York Mets could do differently this offseason. There is one thing that is very important that they need to accomplish.
What the Mets need to do is to make sure they get this front office in place correctly.
Something that has bothered me in the past is how the Mets have been handling front office hires and how the different layers of the hierarchy have taken charge of the team.
There is no margin for error this offseason. The so-called honeymoon phase is over for owner Steve Cohen. Last season was a little tough to manage through because Cohen took over the team at the beginning of November and did not have enough time to get his front office in place. Where we are at now is where we were at last year except with a manager already signed.
Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson set the bar high last year and this year as well so I expect them to land a POBO. That is the first thing they need to accomplish and they need to make sure that they make the right hire for them and this team moving forward.
The ramifications of this hire can impact the team for the next decade.
I don’t care how long it takes (although I would like one to be hired by the end of the World Series).
Following the hire, both Cohen and Alderson need to step aside and allow the POBO to pick their GM. Then the manager and coaching staff should come into focus.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “What about the roster?” That will have to wait. I am tired of the days of the past where this team would hire an executive but not allow him to bring in his own team or bring in a manager that already has a coaching staff in place.
The hierarchy of the Mets front office needs to follow structure for the first time in what feels like forever. I think if they do this, it will go a long way into course-correcting this franchise in the right direction for years to come.
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