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by Mr North Jersey
10/29/2010-2:05pm at 2:05 pm (UTC -4)
Leave it to the Mets to give you video and no audio for their online stream.
10/29/2010-2:06pm at 2:06 pm (UTC -4)
Wow now comes the audio hurray.
10/29/2010-2:29pm at 2:29 pm (UTC -4)
Yea it was real low. Switched to WFAN.
First thing is it’s so nice to listen to someone who knows how to speak in public.
Introducing Sandy. Clap, clap, clap, clap.
I’ve got a horrible hum on this SNY live broadcast. Making me crazy.
10/29/2010-2:36pm at 2:36 pm (UTC -4)
Well, I’m duly impressed with Sandy’s Q&A.
Nope..I’m going further than that – I’m excited.
What well spoken and obviously very well prepared GM.
10/29/2010-2:38pm at 2:38 pm (UTC -4)
So most likely won’t be doing much in free agent market agressively this off season so forget about Crawford or Lee for those that held out any hope for that.
It is good to see.
10/29/2010-2:39pm at 2:39 pm (UTC -4)
Thank god for that. Stupid fans who wanted Crawford/Lee…
He is giving a perception that he is very educated about where the club stands which is more than Omar has ever been able to do. Omar would have to say he will investigate 20 times and run out stage left.
Based on the information that I have I am still writing off 2011 but this is the best I have felt about this team since late 2007.
10/29/2010-2:37pm at 2:37 pm (UTC -4)
To put down the Kool-Aid, I did not want to hear that he’s focused on 2011 and “not thinking” about 2012. I hope he doesn’t really mean that.
As a GM he can’t say he is lookin past this year
10/29/2010-2:41pm at 2:41 pm (UTC -4)
Yes he can. He can say whatever the **** he wants.
If I were him: “Right now I’m working on getting the best team possible on the field for 2011, but I’m always mindful of the future best interests of the team.”
10/29/2010-2:47pm at 2:47 pm (UTC -4)
I think your reading too much into it but whatever.
As a GM he said he is looking to be competetive this year but also with an eye on the future.
Hence why he is not spending money signing a Lee for 2011
He did say that but then stated a couple times about the main goal is to have payroll flexibility in 2012. He can’t come out and say eff 2011 but please buy tickets. What he did say is “we are going to put on the field the best team possible” and that is based on many factors that he did not elaborate upon.
10/29/2010-2:44pm at 2:44 pm (UTC -4)
No, I think he was trying to get the point across that by no means is he writing off 2011. He said:
His immediate goal is to put the best possible team on the field in 2011. Said if we work at it, we’ll be competitive and he’s very optimistic about ’11. Said something to the affect that if it wasn’t for injuries and some down production the team would have been competitive in 2010. And just b/c a player might have had a down year last year, doesn’t mean that will continue in 2011.
He tempered that with looking beyond ’11 and how we approach things on an intermediate and long term basis. Said one of his # 1 goals is to get payroll flexibility, realizing he knows they’re somewhat hampered in ’11.
10/29/2010-3:25pm at 3:25 pm (UTC -4)
playing for 2011 would be a huge mistake. With Santana out, the chances of making the playoffs are fairly low.
it really makes no sense to sign veterans to starting positions unless you dont have a young player who is ready for the job.
I also suspect guys like Mejia, F-Mart, Kirk wont be anywhere near the MLB roster this season
10/29/2010-3:39pm at 3:39 pm (UTC -4)
I don’t think he was advocating going all in for ’11. I think he said something to the affect that with what they already have, and a couple of tweaks, they can be competitive, not to write off ’11.
10/29/2010-2:40pm at 2:40 pm (UTC -4)
Keyword: Payroll Flexibilty
Mets minor league system should never be the middle of the pack.
10/29/2010-2:43pm at 2:43 pm (UTC -4)
many long term approaches in his statement which is great.
10/29/2010-2:42pm at 2:42 pm (UTC -4)
I liked the fact that he was blunt about the payroll and that the Mets are not going to be active in the FA Market… or was it trade market?
10/29/2010-2:48pm at 2:48 pm (UTC -4)
10/29/2010-2:53pm at 2:53 pm (UTC -4)
I think the trade market is about the only place that there is for flexibility.
10/29/2010-3:00pm at 3:00 pm (UTC -4)
ok… with Ollie and Castillo? LOL
Just messing with you
10/29/2010-3:01pm at 3:01 pm (UTC -4)
who doesn’t want busted goods???
10/29/2010-2:46pm at 2:46 pm (UTC -4)
And points to Sandy when the Queens Tribune asked him to compare his style with Omar’s. He refused to address Omar’s saying, ‘well let me read from a couple of bullet points I gave ownership when I interviewed for this job concerning my style’.
Very nicely side stepped remotely commenting on Omar.
Yes he side stepped pretty well in couple other questions.
i was very happy with what i heard from Alderson.
1) we have the resources to be successful its about using them wisely
2) it is unlikely we will be aggressive in the FA market this season
it seems like he was critical of Omar’s rushing the prospects but understands that i was b/c they didnt have the prospects to allow them to be patient. Our system is in the middle of the pack and it should never be there given the resources here.
he was also critical of Omar’s focusing on FA signings and how much money he had tied up, long term in so few players. I expect Alderson to go out and spend on international prospects especially in Asia and the put a lot of money into player development and scouting.
such a breath of fresh air…
10/29/2010-2:52pm at 2:52 pm (UTC -4)
10/29/2010-2:50pm at 2:50 pm (UTC -4)
sounds like Darling thinks Bobby V will the guy brought in.
10/29/2010-2:58pm at 2:58 pm (UTC -4)
How do you feel about 1. the chances of that happening and 2. if it actually did?
10/29/2010-3:14pm at 3:14 pm (UTC -4)
not sure but if it did happen i would 100% endorse it. just look at the roster of the 2000 Mets.
10/29/2010-3:21pm at 3:21 pm (UTC -4)
You see the total on SBs??? Wonder if that was a product of what he had to work with or his style. I’ll vote what he had to work with.
Wish I had SNY
10/29/2010-2:56pm at 2:56 pm (UTC -4)
Hopefully, WFAN who ran it live, will have it as a podcast shortly.
To me, there wasn’t one point he made that was not well thought out, off the wall, and in a matter of 15 minutes practically dragged the franchise out of the well it’s been living in for the past few years.
I watched the press conference on mets.com, but I know he went off for an exclusive interview with SNY.
10/29/2010-3:24pm at 3:24 pm (UTC -4)
True. Kevin B. interviewed him immediately after. I don’t recall anything earth shattering with that interview.
Then they interviewed Fred. Ronnie afterwords commented on the change in animation between the press conference when they announced letting Omar and Jerry go and this one. Was all smiles ear to ear.
Then they interviewed Jeff. When asked when does he expect Sandy to have success in turning this franchise around, Jeff replied something like ‘immediately, right now’. Implying just by the hiring and press conference he’s begun that process.
He also had to reiterate more forcefully the comment Sandy made about if injuries and maybe underproduction were not so prominent in ’10, Mets could have competed. Only Jeff said: ‘if Beltran and Bay had gotten 800 more ABs, this team could have competed’.
Uh…not exactly the same thing Sandy said but whatever.
10/29/2010-3:27pm at 3:27 pm (UTC -4)
Also, they asked Fred about full atonomy. He said something to the effect of there is no such thing. Then asked the reporter: ‘are you married’? ‘Yes’. ‘Well, I’ve been married 52 years and you should know in any relationship there is no such thing, nor should their be, especially in this business’.
He did go on to say something to the effect though that Sandy would be leading the charge.
‘This is not a job I would have taken just anywhere and anyplace.’
Said this was a unique opportunity. He enjoys baseball and the fun part of the game is the game itself and this was an opportunity to get back to that.
He said this was the best job available in baseball. Not only now but for the foreseeable future. Said this is an iconic franchise in a great city, with stable, caring ownership and committed, passionate fans. ‘We have a great ball park and with the resources have a great opportunity here’.
10/29/2010-3:12pm at 3:12 pm (UTC -4)
Sounds like the Mets being buddy buddy with Selig probably helped.
I don’t feel any better or worse than I did. maybe worse, to have a budget so clearly defined as existing.
But I didn’t want Lee or Crawford anyway, and those are what I see as ‘aggressive’ mid-tier guys, specifically on short contracts, would not be aggressive nor would they hurt the longterm philosophy of having flexibility to buy a piece in the future.
10/29/2010-3:17pm at 3:17 pm (UTC -4)
I don’t understand…you didn’t think the Mets had a real number budget – even if the fans don’t know what that amount is?
10/29/2010-3:20pm at 3:20 pm (UTC -4)
basically Alderson made it clear that there will be no long-term big conracts this offseason.
10/29/2010-3:05pm at 3:05 pm (UTC -4)
Now bring in Bobby V to Manage and all will be well in a year or two!
10/29/2010-3:54pm at 3:54 pm (UTC -4)
10/29/2010-3:18pm at 3:18 pm (UTC -4)
the major problem surrounding the Mets has been the lack of quality players in AA and AAA and the top heavy nature of the roster.
Alderson criticized both of those aspects as well as the problem with player development and the draft.
Its a great day for Mets fans
Bob Ojeda and Ron Darling’s faces are going to hurt later due to all the smiling and laughing they’re doing this afternoon.
10/29/2010-3:30pm at 3:30 pm (UTC -4)
i see this roster being relatively untouched for 2011 with maybe a veteran pitcher being brought in on a 1 year deal with 2012 being the year of change.
although is a lineup of Reyes, Pagan, Wright, Beltran, Bay, Davis, Thole, 2B not top 1/3 in the NL???
10/29/2010-3:35pm at 3:35 pm (UTC -4)
It is easily a top lineup, even with Castillo. Presuming Davis takes a step up and Bay and Beltran closer to normal full season. it may even end up the top lineup.
which is one of the reasons the Mets _can_ compete.
who knows what “aggressive in FA” means, but if they can spend an extra 10 million for an “increased probability” of the playoffs, it more than pays for itself.
10/29/2010-3:40pm at 3:40 pm (UTC -4)
I interpreted that comment to be forget about the major guys so no werth, lee or Crawford. ANd this I am fine with.
Everyone else is pretty much 2nd tier (or lower), so they can certainly still sign some other FAs without being aggressive.
10/29/2010-3:42pm at 3:42 pm (UTC -4)
That’s how i interpreted it too, but I guses there’s not too much value in nit-picking a GMs statements. It didn’t provide insight into Omar ,and it probably won’t into Sandy, particularly before we get to know what he’ll say and what he won’t.
He mentioned Takahashi (called him a reliever), someone should’ve askeda bout Reyes.
well i think it is fairly certain Castillo will not be back. He brings nothing of value really anymore and his contract is small enough to move or eat.
I expect Alderson to either have an open competition with the guys we have in house or bring in someone cheap he likes from an outside organization (someone on the same level as an Aviles, Ellis, Keppinger not an all-star level player)
10/29/2010-3:43pm at 3:43 pm (UTC -4)
It makes no sense to cut Castillo and not sign anyone. Castillo will at least be part of that open competition. (and I’d put my money on him winning it of what we’ve got)
10/29/2010-4:16pm at 4:16 pm (UTC -4)
Castillo might be the best option for short-term success but the idea is to give younger players the experience so that in 2012 the Mets wont be going into the season with a rookie.
Unless Castillo is the difference between making the playoffs or not you have to move on and considering the Mets chances of making the playoffs are already very low, i dont see why playing an oft-injured 35 year old with diminishing skills is the best course of action.
10/29/2010-3:34pm at 3:34 pm (UTC -4)
It wasn’t in 2010!
10/29/2010-3:46pm at 3:46 pm (UTC -4)
Except that wasn’t the lineup opening day and wasn’t the lineup we finished up with either.
10/29/2010-4:00pm at 4:00 pm (UTC -4)
and Thole and Davis will ‘grow’ (Murphy too) and Bay and Reyes and Beltran are on track to be healthy all year.
10/29/2010-4:02pm at 4:02 pm (UTC -4)
Go Go Gadget Big Murph!
10/29/2010-4:26pm at 4:26 pm (UTC -4)
While I largely agree with your point, if I’ve learned anything watching the Mets very closely over the last 5 seasons it’s that young players with promise don’t always grow and injured players don’t always heal.
I fully anticipate some of those things working out well but some also just not working out.
10/29/2010-3:52pm at 3:52 pm (UTC -4)
Oh happy day Mets fans. Optimism is finally back in the fold.
The dark clouds of the 2007-2010 Omar era have finally lifted.
Incompetency, drama, and laughter towards the New York Mets organization are on their way out the door(hopefully).
I did not listen to the news conference, but from all I am hearing Sandy Alderson is a breath of fresh air for this damned organization.
I don’t have many hopes for 2011, but if we just show some promise I’ll be content.
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