In an outstanding article by Tim Britton of The Athletic, a number of former New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson’s colleagues from his time here and in Oakland rained well-justified praise on the front office guru.
Current Athletics executive vice president of baseball operations and former Alderson protege Billy Beane, Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, Reds executive Walt Jocketty, along with current Mets execs, J.P. Ricciardi and John Ricco, all shared terrific anecdotes and various nooks and crannies regarding their time spent with Alderson.
Another prominent MLB name who showed some love for Sandy was Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. During the last weekend of the season, Wilpon spoke to the media, insinuating that anything Alderson asked for during his time with the Mets was approved of and granted by ownership.
As Britton noted in an article earlier this month, “the Wilpons did say ‘No’ to Alderson when he asked for more full-time personnel in New York’s three-man analytics department, opting to hire interns instead”.
In this most recent piece, Wilpon is all class, heaping praise upon one of the main cogs of the 2015 National League Championship Mets, even from afar.
“Sandy has always had my ultimate respect personally and professionally and everyone that has ever worked with him has benefitted from his presence and expertise,” he said. “We have such high regard for him as a person as well as a baseball executive.”
Considering the bus Wilpon more or less threw Alderson under a couple of weeks ago, these remarks are surprising, for sure. Hopefully, Wilpon realized that he may have gone a bit too far trying to distance himself from Alderson and this was his attempt to clean things up
“We are so appreciative of [Alderson’s] commitment and work over the years and his accomplishments and professionalism will always be cemented as a vital part of our organization.”
Well said, Mr. Wilpon.
Britton’s article really is a must-read. Please do check it out (link above).