As the Sandy Alderson era offically starts today we wonder what he will bring to the Mets to help them be a front runner and change the culture. Here are some insights that were taken from former employee's of Alderson culled by Joel Shermann of the NY Post
Alderson doesnt overreact acccording to a 1 time employee- "He has leadership skills to get an organization all pulling in the same direction and once that occurs, he is not backing down because someone outside the organization does not like it. "
Welll thats all well and good but he better make sure that he does have a direction. That doesnt seem to flip flop depending what day of the week it is and who you ask. Plus people will talk in his organization to the media which I am sure will be something new for him to deal with.
This will help John Ricco according to Sherman's article The pass-the-buck mentality of the Mets stops now. So does haphazard decision making. Alderson believes in empowering a strong front office and letting his subordinates have room to act.
"This guy has incredible integrity," Towers said. "He is going to have a complete, honest relationship with you. He is a big believer in process. For him having a good process does not mean everything works out, but not having a good process to him means anything that works out does so by luck, not design. He will empower people, but hold them accountable. With Sandy there are no secrets, he will let know what he thinks of you."
Now of course there are bad sides to things. Alderson did force Brucy Bochy away from the Padres since Bochy still believed in relying on scouts and not as heavily on sabremetrics. Who is in the World Series?
Here are some items to take note. This of course is not the West coast. Fans here are not as laid back and Alderson might not be ready for the lashing he could take outside of his office. Yes he is strong but is he NY strong?
The Media here needs to sell papers and there are more papers here. They have people within the organzation that feed them info. Alderson will not be able to stop leaks.
Expectations are high and at this stage of his career can Alderson make a difference regardless of his prior triumphs in small market clubs.