Sandy Alderson Newsbeat
Sunday, August 02, 2015
Sandy Alderson has a beating heart.
Yet Alderson admitted the conversation “actually had quite an impact.” In all of his years in baseball, the general manager said he had never seen a player in Wheeler’s position take the unusual step of calling.
“Again, if you go back to Wednesday and even this conversation, we’re talking about human beings,” Alderson said. “We all develop an attachment to each other and whatever capacity we serve, so it’s hard.”
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Former Mets utilityman and current Dodgers star Justin Turner cited philosophical differences as a reason why he and the Mets’ front office did not always get along. Turner, who played for the Mets from 2010-2013, says that his approach at the plate clashed with the organizational philosophy promoted by General Manager Sandy Alderson.
“[Alderson] is a ‘Moneyball’ guy,” Turner said to ESPN Los Angeles. “I don’t know if ‘Looking to walk’ is the right way of saying it, but he talks about on-base percentage. I’m never looking to walk. Sometimes when you miss pitches you should hit, you end up walking. I wasn’t worried about on-base percentage or anything like that. I was just trying to have good at-bats.”
The 30-year-old third baseman was non-tendered by the Mets in December 2013 after the team’s front office reportedly felt that Turner had not hustled during his tenure with the team.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
General manager Sandy Alderson insisted that he is willing to “overpay” to acquire a bat to aid the New York Mets, but there simply is nothing to bid on right now.
“I would characterize us as somewhat aggressive,” Alderson said Friday. “… Are we prepared to overpay? Me, personally, yeah, I’m prepared to overpay. But there has to be something to overpay for.
“You get to the point where you’re prepared, based on the short term, to maybe do a little more than you’d otherwise do,” the GM added. “But there still has to be something out there that’s attractive that you really believe is going to help your team.
Posted: June 27, 2015 at 07:31 AM | 44 comment(s)
Sunday, April 19, 2015
It’s on my reading list but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Has anyone read the book? If you have, I’m interested in your thoughts on Sherman’s take.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
This relationship seems headed to a breakup.
In the end, though, someone who knows the GM well said he believes Alderson thought “it wouldn’t have been fair” to Collins not to give him a chance to manage a team that finally has enough talent to contend.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
There is another general manager centered book coming out. This one is about Sandy Alderson and his trial and tribulations at running one of the lowest payrolls in the biggest market.
“I’d been working on this book for nearly four years when I suddenly found myself wondering: Why was Alderson cooperating?”, Kettmann writes on page 331. “Part of the answer was simply that I’d asked him at the right time, just as the Former state charities bureau regulator was taking over as Mets GM. ... Then, when the Mets’ finances went belly-up, and Sandy lost his father, the joy went out of it temporarily—but Alderson had given me his word to cooperate on a book project, and he wasn’t going to back out.”
That read on Alderson dovetails with what I’ve heard from many who know him about his desire to stay on and hopefully finish an improbable rebuild into the headwind of massive financial problems from ownership—a combination of stubborness and an understanding that at 67, this is probably his final chance to build a baseball team.
Posted: March 13, 2015 at 06:35 AM | 7 comment(s)
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Cuddyer says he has never had a gay teammate that he has known of. Daniel Murphy says he has not either.
He too is ready for a gay teammate, he says. The Mets consulted players this winter before bringing Bean in and Murphy called the idea “forward thinking.” More than just listening to a seminor or speech, it was an opportunity to get to known an individual. He regretted that he had not had the chance to meet Bean yet.
Murphy, a devout Christian, said he would embrace Bean despite a divergence in their beliefs.
“I disagree with his lifestyle,” Murphy said. “I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect. Getting to know him. That, I would say, you can still accept them but I do disagree with the lifestyle, 100 percent.”
But Murphy also saw the moment as an opening for a conversation and an avenue to get past stereotypes. The issue, he says, was “uncharted territory.”
While there may be a perception that Christian athletes may not be accepting of gay players, Murphy says that it is not the case.
“Maybe, as a Christian, that we haven’t been as articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality,” he said. “We love the people. We disagree the lifestyle. That’s the way I would describe it for me. It’s the same way that there are aspects of my life that I’m trying to surrender to Christ in my own life. There’s a great deal of many things, like my pride. I just think that as a believer trying to articulate it in a way that says just because I disagree with the lifestyle doesn’t mean I’m just never going to speak to Billy Bean every time he walks through the door. That’s not love. That’s not love at all.”
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