Alderson: With Bay Gone, Enhances Chance That Hairston Will Return

An article by posted on November 8, 2012

Adam Rubin posted some comments from Mets GM Sandy Alderson on his blog at ESPN New York. Alderson seemed to enjoy responding to most of the questions he was asked with plenty of humor and dripping with sarcasm.

Honestly, I’m not a big fan of that and I don’t see other GMs doing it. I’d prefer a more direct and professional approach from our top executive, especially with the way things have gone for this organization in the last few years. It hasn’t been a laughing matter… But anyway…

On the state of the outfield particularly, Alderson quipped: “What outfield? We’re gonna bring those fences in another 150 feet.”

Asked where the outfielders will come from, the GM again quipped, saying: “A cardboard box?”

Lucas Duda in left field, though? “Yes,” Alderson said. “He does come with a lot of furniture, though. I mean baggage. I’m sorry. He’s very definitely in the mix. We’re counting on him.”

And Kirk Nieuwenhuis in center field: “I think he may be. It’s conceivable. Now he still has the plantar fascia issue that we’re monitoring.”

On whether the Bay resolution means it’s more likely Scott Hairston returns, Alderson said: “I think it helps. As I said, it gives us more flexibility and it subtracts one more candidate from our outfield. So in both ways it probably enhances Scott’s chances of coming back.”

I would love to see Hairston come back mostly for two big reasons; first, he was one of our only legitimate weapons against lefthanded pitching, and second, he was also a very positive influence in the clubhouse.

When I think back to last year, I remember always seeing Hairston talking to Nieuwenhuis, Duda and Valdespin whenever the camera panned into the dugout. He also had some big hits for us last year too.

It’s safe to say that Hairston is probably the only addition to the team in two years that has proved to be very useful and also very valuable.

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