The Mets have announced that they have whittled down the list of prospective general managers to six. The lucky half dozen are Sandy Alderson, Red Sox assistant to the GM Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White and Blue Jays special assistant to the GM Dana Brown.
“Each was extremely impressive,” Jeff Wilpon (left) wrote in a letter to fans. “All reiterated their desire and interest in pursuing this opportunity.”
A second round of interviews is next in the process.
“We will be in direct communication with each as we narrow the candidate pool by early next week,” Wilpon wrote. “We subsequently will invite the leading candidates back to meet with Fred (Daddy), Saul (Katz) and me (Little James Dolan).”
Alderson is widely seen as the favorite, given his long experience as a GM and team president. People seem to think he is the only one who will be able to keep Little JD in line.
As I’ve written before, I don’t know whom I want to get the job. Alderson certainly has the resume, but one of the younger guys might bring new ideas to the table.
Whoever gets the job, it’ll certainly be an upgrade over the last guy, whatever his name was. Given the payroll restrictions, the new GM probably won’t turn the team around overnight. But getting the team on the right track is step one.