New York Mets: Sandy Alderson to make biggest decision of his tenure

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: General manager Sandy Alderson (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 10: General manager Sandy Alderson (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has a decision make that might be the biggest of his tenure.

Decisions come and decisions go for executives in all sports. For New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson it has been no different. He is a guy that has had his fair share of critics when fans and experts evaluate the roster. Many think the roster was left bare for Terry Collins, once the injury bug hit. The depth was bad and that, in part, is on Alderson.

But some decisions have been good. Alderson is responsible for Noah Syndergaard. He did make the deal to acquire and keep Yoenis Cespedes.  Alderson did acquire talented players like Neil Walker. The fact is that the basic framework of this roster went to the World Series under the watch of Sandy Alderson. Curtis Granderson is another example of a player acquired under his tenure.

It has not been perfect, see the departure of Daniel Murphy, but good moves have been made. Now, Alderson has a big decision to make. That decision may be the biggest of his tenure and will certainly leave a large mark on it, one way or the other.

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That decision is the one of the next manager. Terry Collins, for better or for worse, is gone. Some agree with that, some don’t. Be that as it may, the Terry Collins era is over. After taking the Mets to the World Series two seasons ago and going to the playoffs in 2016, he has stepped down.

There has been talk of various alumni taking the job. Names like Robin Ventura, Edgardo Alfonzo and Alex Cora, among others, have been the ones discussed. Recently the name Joe Girardi has crossed the lips of the Mets brass.

Whomever is chosen, Sandy Alderson had better get it right. It likely will become the biggest decision of his tenure.

First of all, the players liked Collins. Is being everyone’s friend a requirement? Of course not. But the manager has to earn respect. If the players like playing for him they will more easily respect him. These guys loved Collins, that is why they played so hard for him despite the adversity. Alderson needs to replicate that with the new hire.

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This team will not be together forever. This pitching staff will have to get paid, and they will eventually get broken up for financial reasons. The next manager is going to have to make it happen with this team almost immediately. The Mets need the right guy that can get this team to perform at the highest level. That and an effective training staff and the team will be set. But this is the decision we will all remember from Sandy, whether it’s good or bad.