Sandy Alderson to step down from Mets post

NEW YORK — The Mets have entered a brand new part of their organizational transition underneath proprietor Steve Cohen.

Sandy Alderson, who turned staff president shortly after Cohen’s buy of the staff in 2020, intends to vacate that place and turn into a particular advisor to Cohen and the senior management staff. Alderson will assist conduct the seek for a brand new staff president earlier than stepping apart.

“When I requested Sandy to come again to the staff, it was for an outlined time period and with a particular mandate — revive our tradition and this iconic franchise for our followers, companions and staff,” Cohen mentioned in an announcement. “Sandy has carried out these very issues and extra, and we’ve got begun a seek for his successor.”

The transfer shouldn’t have a lot impact on baseball operations, as Alderson had already decreased his affect in such selections over the previous 12 months. Instead, the brand new staff president will oversee all points of the group, reporting instantly to Cohen.

Alderson, 74, initially got here to the Mets as normal supervisor following the 2010 season, ultimately stepping down in July 2018 whereas battling most cancers. The following January, Alderson introduced that he was cancer-free. He spent greater than two years away from the Mets earlier than rejoining them at Cohen’s behest, in what was at all times meant to be a short-term position because the Mets transitioned to a brand new possession group. But as off-field scandals resulted within the dismissal of a number of GMs, Alderson spent growing time on baseball issues.

That started altering after the staff employed Billy Eppler, who has turn into a stabilizing power within the GM chair. Although Mets officers haven’t revealed if Eppler shall be their long-term head of baseball operations or in the event that they intend to rent a president of baseball operations above him within the hierarchy, these selections have little to do with the staff president place.

“For me personally and for the group, it is the best time for this transition,” Alderson mentioned in an announcement. “We are having a profitable season, we’ve got made a number of key additions to our senior management staff, and we’ve got constructed a powerful and forward-thinking tradition. When the time comes, I’m trying ahead to persevering with to help Steve, Alex and the group in a brand new position.”

Under Alderson, the Mets have made a number of vital front-office hires, together with Eppler as GM (following Jared Porter and Zack Scott), Andy Goldberg as government vp and chief advertising and marketing officer, Katie Pothier as government vp and chief authorized officer and Nancy Elder as chief communications officer. The Mets additionally dismissed executives Holly Lindvall and David Cohen final June following a staff investigation into office practices.

Alderson’s legacy with the Mets is twofold. During his first tenure from 2010-18, he oversaw some of the vital rebuilds in franchise historical past, which culminated within the Mets successful the National League pennant in 2015. During his second stint starting in 2020, Alderson oversaw the Mets’ possession transition from the Wilpon household to Steve and Alex Cohen. As one among solely seven staff presidents in Mets historical past, Alderson is now about to usher within the eighth.

Before coming to the Mets, he spent 17 seasons in Oakland, successful three consecutive American League pennants and the 1989 World Series. Alderson left to be a part of Major League Baseball’s entrance workplace for seven years, then turned CEO of the Padres after which GM of the Mets. He is a embellished former Marine who fought in Vietnam, the place he was awarded the Bronze Star.

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