Sandy Alderson had a *rough* first year as President of the Mets.
It started with then-general-manager Jared Porter getting fired for harassing a female journalist during his time working for the Cubs. This didn’t come up during his time with Arizona or in the Mets’ original job search because the woman asked reporters not to publish the story in fear that it would impact her career. She decided to come forward and have this story published after Porter got hired as the GM because she wanted to prevent him from harassing someone else.
Then, early in the season, Francisco Lindor struggled. Being the premiere move the Mets made last offseason, it would have been nice for him to get off to a hot start.
In May, injuries, underperformance, and frustration started to pile up. The Bench Mob performed, but there were a lot of moves that had to be made in a small period of time.
Then, around the All-Star break, the whole team started to collapse. deGrom suffered his season-ending injury, and it became clear that the Mets needed to make moves at the deadline to stay in it.
Even with the Javy Baez trade, the collapse continued and the team fell from first place to third and finished the season there.
But not before interim GM Zack Scott got caught driving while intoxicated on his way home from a team fundraiser at Steve Cohen’s house. He was placed on administrative leave on September 1st.
So the doubt here is broad: Can he do this job? He has to find a new president of baseball operations, general manager, manager, and basically a full coaching staff. Will he – and whoever helps him – be thorough enough to avoid more PR disasters? Until those front office personnel are in place, he has to manage player moves too. Will they acquire enough depth to keep this team afloat if the injury bug bites the Mets again next season? Will he make the big moves necessary to put this team over the top? Will he get the most out of those players? It’s a lot to ask, but I hope so.
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