Jeff Wilpon To Be Interviewed By Sandy Alderson

According to multiple reports, Sandy Alderson will be meeting with Jeff Wilpon at some point this week in regard to the Mets’ opening in their front office.

Hopefully, Jeff gets a haircut, wears his best suit, arrives on time, and speaks both eloquently and intelligently, so as to impress Mr. Alderson (you WILL address him as “Mr. Alderson”, won’t you, Jeff?). These may seem like trivial details, but considering that Jeff Wilpon has never had to experience a job interview before (remember, he’s had the luck of working in a family business), there is an off-chance that he blows the meeting.

And it would be a catastrophe if Jeff comes off poorly, pushing Mr. Alderson to go back to his job of confirming birth certificates and fettering buscones in the Dominican Republic.

Because if you hadn’t noticed, Richard Lynn “Sandy” Alderson is the Dixie Walker of Mets GM candidates — “the People’s Cherce” (Fred Wilpon should appreciate that moniker). MetsBlog has been singing Alderson’s praises since he became a candidate less than a week ago; Amazin’ Avenue seems to not hate him; all the Mets beat writers agree he’s the most qualified person; even BeelzeBud Selig recommends Alderson as the one man who can clean up the mess in Flushing.

Miraculously, the Mets have found an individual who is universally accepted by the rabid fans, the blogosphere, the statheads, and the professional media. Alderson manages to be all things to all people because he:

- has tons of experience building championship clubs
- is older than John Ricco, but not older than John McCain
- has built successful farm systems
- has worked frugally and efficiently with budgets of all sizes
- has an eye for talent, both in terms of players and scouting personnel
- has the reputation as a strong, no-nonsense leader
- is respected by other GMs throughout baseball
- was mentioned in Moneyball as Billy Beane’s mentor
- is an ex-Marine, and therefore gritty

Those last two may be the strongest qualifications; who else appeals to both the old-school and Beane-head crowds, AND is accepted as competent by my dad (because of the ex-Marine part; Alderson could be a 98-year-old mongoloid with Alzheimer’s but as long as he spent time in the USMC, he’s the best man for the job)? In short, Alderson is a gritty, take-charge leader who understands the “new math” of baseball — and he’s a pretty good public speaker.

Could there be a better candidate that appeals to all parties? If there is, let us know in the comments.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Mike October 11, 2010 at 10:26 am
    Nope, make it happen Jeff.
  2. john October 11, 2010 at 11:18 am
    I guess I like Alderson, though he’s not getting younger. What I don’t like about it, though, is that it appears that one reason the Mets are going this way is to groom this Ricco guy. The Mets just can’t seem to get completely away from the incestuous hiring of GMs from the same failed group that they’ve had for about 15 years.
  3. Andy October 11, 2010 at 11:18 am
    The question is why would he do it? He’s already accomplished enough in baseball and seems to be doing a sort of “senior statesman” thing. Why would he want any part of cleaning up the mess in flushing? Doesn’t he have better things to do?

    The Mets should probably offer him equity. Maybe some kind of profits interest that would result in Alderson owning 20% of the club if they make it to the Playoffs twice in the next 5 years.

  4. Nick October 11, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Excellent writeup Joe.

    I was thinking the same thing as Andy, and here’s one possible answer: taking the Mets job is basically an extension of the senior statesman role in that it’s to the benefit of baseball that the Mets get cleaned up. We’re admittedly not the Yankees, but we’re still a top team in terms of revenue generation and we play in the largest TV market inthe country. This is a move tha allows Sandy to continue to do good for the league, and conveniently also for the Mets, and unfortunately also for the Wilpons.

  5. john October 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm
    You’ll eventually see the press or the Wilpons citing the Cashen hire as similar.
  6. KenH October 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    If his major accomplishment is building the Oakland A’s of the late 1980′s and 1990′s, the leading team of the steroid era, I don’t see why people think his track record makes him a sure thing. Certainly Gerry Hunsicker has more diverse experience, even if he isn’t interested. As to who has been successfull recently, Gillick, Epstein and Cashman, only Gillick is really an elder statesman.

    I get that Alderson might make some bold moves, but if Hahn is ready for the big time, I’d go with him. I’m not sold on Alderson’s accomplishments.

  7. micalpalyn October 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    KenH, trivia question; who brought in Vince coleman as A FA. Ans…no to Hunsicker. That would be no better than omar. Personally I think a mesh of Alderson and Omar would be awesome.

    As for Joe: My read on your post is there might JUST be someone big enuff to slap down (be a Nanny) to Jeff wilpon.