Sandy Alderson has worked for the Mets in his current role as club president since new owner Steve Cohen officially took over in September 2020. through owners Steve and Alexandra Cohen, announced Thursday. Alderson will remain on the job until a new hire is hired, and then move on to a “special adviser” role.
That is, Alderson actually retires, while remaining in the organization. This was the plan from the start, as Alderson, who has been in office for a long time as club president, was never the plan from either the Mets or Alderson’s perspective.
“When I asked Sandy to return to the team,” Cohen said in a statement, “it was for a specific period of time and with a specific mandate to revive our culture and this iconic franchise for our fans, partners and employees. Sandy did the same and more, and we started looking for his successor. When we find this person, I have asked Sandy to continue in her new role as special advisor to me and senior management.”
The senior management team will include Cohen, general manager Billy Eppler and eventually the club’s new president. There’s a place to bring in a heavyweight baseball executive to work with Eppler at the main office of a major power plant, and that’s where a decent amount of speculation will be focused in the coming months, but it could also be someone who’s mostly hands-off in terms of staffing decisions. Time will tell.
As for Alderson, he certainly deserved a retreat. He began working in baseball for the Oakland Athletics in 1981. He was their general manager from 1983 to 1997, during which time he won four AL West titles, three pennants, and a 1989 World Series title. He then worked in the commissioner’s office from 1998 to 2005. He was the general manager of the Padres from 2005 to 2009, when the Padres made their last two playoff appearances all season.
After that, Alderson joined the Mets. He was general manager from 2011 until he took a leave of absence in July 2018 after being diagnosed with cancer. His Mets made the playoffs in 2015 and 2016 and won the 2015 NL pennant.
Alderson joined the A’s as a senior advisor in 2019 before returning to the Mets with Cohen in 2020.
“For me personally and for the organization, now is the right time to make this transition,” Alderson said in a statement. “We are having a successful season, we have made several key additions to our senior management team and we have created a strong and visionary culture. When the time comes, I look forward to continuing to support Steve, Alex [Cohen] and organization in a new role.
As of Thursday, the Mets are 89-55 and have a half game lead over the Braves in the NL East. Looking at their current win percentage, they are close to winning the most games since 1988 when they were 100-60.