Should Mets Roll Dice, Or Choose A Less Risky Route?

An article by posted on October 5, 2010

So cross Larry Beinfest, Michael Hill and Dan Jennings of your Mets GM checklists, as the Marlins refused the Mets permission to speak to anyone they have under contract. Yawn. Three candidates down, 27 to go.

Jon Heyman has been saying the Mets like Rick Hahn for almost a month, and now even the lowest level Mets sources are saying the same thing. MetsBlog and Amazin Avenue give glowing endorsements, but I don’t get the fascination with the White Sox assistant, and neither does Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record who writes,

Several interesting names have been floated by the Mets as potential saviors. Some are absurd: Former Diamondbacks GM Joe Garagiola Jr. has no business running a big-market franchise. Neither does White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn.

Hahn seems reluctant to leave the comfort of working in his current role with the White Sox,

“Becoming GM is certainly something I hope is in the cards one day. Until that time is right, I measure such opportunities against a place where I’m comfortable and happy.”

You think he wants to leave his little slice of heaven for the raging inferno of running the Mets? I wouldn’t bet on it. 

Just as the Mets needed Frank Cashen back in the eighties, the Mets may want to focus on a similar strategy and take a long look at Sandy Alderson who could give the Mets the change they want coupled with much needed stability and sound executive leadership.

The former A’s general manager – pre-Billy Beane – is exactly the man the Mets need. Alderson guided the A’s to four division titles, three pennants and a world championship in 1989, which means he has a winning pedigree.

Alderson works in the commissioner’s office, assigned to clean up the corruption within the Dominican Republic’s baseball community. He’s Ivy League-smart (Dartmouth) and more than tough enough for the job (a former Marine with combat experience in Vietnam). Alderson would have no trouble standing up to the Wilpons.

That sounds more like the kind of person I’d love to have heading our baseball operations.

Comparing Rick Hahn to Sandy Alderson would be akin to comparing Dillon Gee to Tim Lincecum.

After the last decade, do we really want to roll the dice again and hope that Assistant GM Rick Hahn is ready for the challenge of running a billion dollar franchise? His current role with the White Sox sounds eerily similar to the one once held by Omar Minaya when he was the GM-Lite of the Montreal Expos. Or do we go with the savvy veteran who also happens to be one of the most respected executives in the game?

What do you think? 

Interesting fact of the day…

The Marlins spent $212 million and totaled 483 victories since ’05. The Mets spent $730 million and totaled 506 victories. In other words, under Minaya, the Mets outspent the Marlins by a ratio of more than 3-to-1 and have only 23 additional wins to show for it. In head-to-head meetings, the Marlins have gone 23-13 over the two past seasons against the Mets..

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