Although it has not been formally announced ( all reports say that the press conference will be held tomorrow), it looks like Sandy Alderson will be the twelfth general manager in this teams history.
I think that the hiring of Alderson should provide some kind of renaissance for this lethargic organization. But I feel that many Mets fans are setting themselves up for a hard fall if they think that the Mets will go from a mediocre fourth place team to World Series champs in the span of one season. Alderson – like former Mets general manager Frank Cashen will need at least one to two seasons before a dominant team will be able to be fielded on the turf of Citi Field. First off he will need to generate payroll flexibility, which as we all know will be tough when you have the bloated contracts of Luis Castillo and The Sultan of Suckitude ( Ollie Perez) himself clogging up the 24 man roster. Hopefully Sandy can either trade them away for a a equally bad player that can be rehabilitated or he can convince the Mets ownership to just cut ties and eat their contracts.
The point is with Johan on the shelf for what might be a indefinite period of time, the Mets will need to go out on the open market – whether it is via the trade or the free agent route and obtain a middle of the rotation starter or two to help bolster up the rotation. We all can bitch moan and whine that we want Cliff Lee, but lets face the facts, even f the Mets wanted to commit a boatload of money to him, he will most likely end up going to the Yankees or staying in Texas.
Alderson needs to get his manager and coaching staff assembled in a rather short period of time. Some possible candidates from what I have heard is Wally Backman ( obviously) Tim Wallach, John Gibbons, Ryne Sandberg and Clint Hurdle. I think Clint might be the best person for the job. He has previous ties with the Mets as both a player and as a successful manager in their minor league system. He has brought his previous team, the Colorado Rockies to playoffs , and he is a good in game tactician. But with that said, both Alderson and whoever the will be installed as manager and coaches, it will take time to assess the talent on both the major league and minor league roster.
We fans have not won a world series in 24 years, and we are getting quite restless. All I can say is it is time to exercise a bit more patience because although Sandy’s hiring should pay dividends , don’t expect to be sipping champagne this time next season.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Celebrating birthdays today are :
Reserve infielder from ’82-’83, Gary Rajsich is 56 (1954) .
Pinch hitting specialist from ’98-’01, Lenny Harris is 46 (1964) .
Utility-man from ’93-’96, Tim Bogar is 44 (1966) .
Braden Looper, the former Mets closer is 36 today 1974) .
Current full time catcher, and home grown Met, Josh Thole is 24 (1986) .
Sadly on this date in 1993 pitcher, Cal Koonce passed away. He had pitched for the Mets from ’67 – ’70, mainly as a reliever.
New York Mets released third baseman Ed ” The Glider” Charles on October 28, 1969.
New York Mets released pitcher, Bob Aspromonte on October 28, 1971.
Reserve outfielder,Gerald Williams was granted free agency on October 28, 2005.
Mo Vaughn has made it known that he wants the job as the Mets strength and conditioning coach !!!