Steve Cohen on Monday made his second mistake as the owner of the Mets, The first, arguably, was bringing back Sandy Alderson. Now he is compounding it by allowing Alderson to run the baseball side of things. We know how that turned out last time.
In a Zoom call with reporters, Alderson said he will handle the duties of the president of baseball operations because of “limited access” to candidates, whatever that means. Alderson instead will focus on finding a GM, who will of course report to him. So Sandy is running the show.
You could argue Cohen hiring Alderson to run the business side of things was a good idea because he knows how the game works (I don’t agree, but whatever). But we’ve seen Sandy Alderson’s baseball acumen, and it is not very good. You can re-live the carnage here, if you dare.
Maybe Alderson will work better with an unlimited budget. Perhaps, but all the money in the world will not make him an expert talent evaluator, and Alderson’s own track record shows he is lacking in that department. Remember when he was supposed to find the hidden value in players, and all he could provide was the likes of Shaun Marcum and John Mayberry, Jr.?
I am really excited about this new chapter in Mets history. I just wish Sandy Alderson was not a part of it.