3) David Stearns won’t single-handedly save the NY Mets franchise
On the field is where the battles take place. Before swords are swung, generals in the front office play the Art of War and decide which soldiers they go to Waterloo with. The hiring of David Stearns already has Mets fans giddy for what’s to come. Can he stabilize the S.S. Mets?
One front office guru cannot save a franchise. We’ve romanticized people like Billy Beane and Theo Epstein. Those “outside of the box” sort of thinkers who do it their way intrigue us to the point where we’ll always welcome anybody different into the picture. Stearns has, thus far, been much more like a young Beane than an Epstein at least in terms of what he has been able to accomplish. Could coming to New York give us some insight into what it would’ve been like if Beane bounced from Oakland and went to Boston? We’ll find out.
It’s going to take much more than a President of Baseball Operations to help the Mets win a championship. After seeing talented players come to the Mets and not get the job done, a guy who isn’t throwing a ball or swinging a bat is already at a disadvantage.
Stearns will no doubt bring a different perspective of the game back to Queens. Will it be enough?