Sandy Alderson Talks About His Health and 2016 Expectations

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In an exclusive interview with Steve Serby of the New York Post, GM Sandy Alderson weighed in on a wide variety of topics including expectations for the team, the offseason, the bullpen, the rotation, the bench, David Wright, what he’s most proud of as the Mets GM, and his own personal battle with cancer. This is something you should read in it’s entirety as it gives you a comprehensive understanding of so many different issues. Here’s a quick rundown on a few of the topics discussed…

Before we get to the team issues, let me first pass along that Sandy continues to undergo chemotherapy, but he’s very optimistic and pleased with the way things have gone. He goes to work every day at Citi Field, and all of us at MMO wish him continued progress in his battle. Get better Sandy…

On the workload for starting pitchers:

“You go that deep into the playoffs, there’s gonna be kind of a surcharge on their innings. So we’re gonna be careful with them. It doesn’t mean that we’re gonna manage their innings necessarily, but I think we gotta be careful about how we use them in spring training, how we use them early in the season, and try to make sure they’re available to us if we get into October again.”

The overhaul of the bench:

“I’m gonna try not to refer to the bench as the bench, because I view the full 13-member position player roster to be somewhat interchangeable. And so, we’re gonna have a lot of guys playing and sharing time, maybe not in a strict platoon, but with a lot of guys moving in and out. One of the problems we had last year with our bench was some of these guys didn’t get to play much, and when they did get to play, they weren’t very good because the sporadic playing time. … We’ve got a lot more depth than we had last season.”

His biggest frustration as GM:

“From my standpoint, I kind of knew what it was gonna take to get us turned around, and hoped it would have taken less time than it did, but there was a certain progression we had to go through. So I never really got that frustrated. Fans were frustrated from time to time, I understood that. It didn’t make me happy that they were, but I certainly didn’t get frustrated at the fans or the media or even the team. I sort of managed my own expectations in that sense.”

What is he most proud of as Mets GM:

“We knew what we wanted to accomplish, but we had an idea of how we wanted to pursue that, and we stuck with it, ownership was supportive, and we focused on process more than outcomes, because you can’t really control outcomes, you can only control what you can control.”

His legacy and how he hopes fans view him:

“I hope they believe that I have their best interests at heart. That what drives me is really … I think what I get as much pleasure out of is knowing Mets fans are happy. They’re enjoying the team, they feel that their loyalty had been rewarded, and that all of their patience for the last four or five years was not for naught … that it translated into something, and there was a payoff at the end.”

Sandy also weighs in on so many more issues and offers some incredible insights into his own personal thoughts. Check out the full interview, great stuff by Serby.

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