Yesterday, the Mets learned that their GM, Sandy Alderson, would be missing an indefinite stretch of time as he goes on leave to continue to his fight with cancer, that very likely will result in the need of a surgical procedure before the end of the summer.
Whether you agree or don’t agree with the things he has done over the course of his tenure with the team, Alderson has left a lasting impact and the players recognize that too.
For starters, his boldest move made with the team was back in 2011, when he drafted high school outfielder Brandon Nimmo out of Cheyenne, Wyoming with the 13th overall pick, his first draft pick as the team’s new general manager at the time.
Over the years, he got chastised for that move, as Nimmo did not progress at the level everyone expected him to and many labeled him a bust with the ceiling of a fourth outfielder.
However, this year, Nimmo has really turned a corner at the major-league level and is now considered one of the few untouchable assets the team has.
The 25-year old wishes the man that gave him a chance in the league all the best in his recovery, as detailed by John Boell of Newsday.
“It was tough news for him to say out loud to us and tough news for us to receive. There were a lot of tears in the eyes of guys around the clubhouse, and Sandy as well, as it should be. We are all human beings, and that’s the most important thing…It’s much more important than baseball right now.”
In that same article, he even recalled the conversation he had with Alderson a few days after the Mets selected him.
“I went up into his suite, and he had his golden retriever and his son up there. He was talking with me about how he thought of me as a player, and where he thought I could improve, and that he was looking forward to the next few years of developing and seeing me up here soon.”
Brandon Nimmo wasn’t the only player that had kind words for Alderson, though, as David Wright had something to say regarding the GM who inked him to an eight-year, $138 million extension back in 2012, as detailed by Tim Healey who is also of Newsday.
“There are a lot of heads hanging in the clubhouse right now with the way we’re playing. But when you get news [of] what Sandy is going through, it puts everything into perspective.”
Lastly, Mickey Callaway gave his thoughts more so on the character of Alderson rather than on the unfortunate situation his boss is dealing with.
“Coming into this job, I had heard a lot about Sandy Alderson — the leader he was, how bright, how selfless, what a servant leader he was. I experienced all those things first hand. He lived up to all those qualities. Now, knowing that he went through what he went through, he’s a badass marine. That’s all I can say.”
As Nimmo said, this is more important than baseball right now.