According to the NY Times, Sandy Alderson was at it again on Saturday night at the annual dinner sponsored by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Addressing the audience before he introduced Rusty Staub and Bud Harrelson from the pennant-winning 1973 Mets, Alderson impishly said he had good news for Mets fans: “I’m in serious discussions with some outfielders that I just met on the Internet,” he said.
The line got a big laugh and became the latest instance in which he has poked fun at his own team, which has had too little talent and too little money in the two seasons he has been in charge.
As for the Mets’ outfield, it now consists of Lucas Duda, Mike Baxter, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and two recent pickups — Andrew Brown and Collin Cowgill. There’s not a single everyday player among that group, nor anyone guaranteed to hit even .250 on a part-time basis.
More gallows humor from Sandy as he gets set to preside over his third straight losing season as Mets GM. The Mets outfield was the least productive in the majors last season, so the good news is that it can’t get any worse. However, I would caution you never to look directly at the Mets outfield in 2013 or you could cause permanent damage to your eyes.
Our own Jim Mancari was on hand covering the event and he will have something posted with many of the more serious and less comical moments from the evening as well as quotes, pics, etc. from some of the players in attendance.