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Sandy Alderson Needs To Go

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Sandy Alderson needs to go.

Look, I understand that it’s a blunt statement. I know he’s rebuilt the entire minor league system. I understand the fact he practically developed the concept of Moneyball. I understand the Mets General Manager is a genius, at times, with his philosophy. But, enough is enough.

The past 24 hours have been an utter and complete PR nightmare for Mets fans and staff. As reported, Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler were to be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for former Met and passionate outfielder Carlos Gomez. This was a trade that would have given the Flushing faithful a much needed jolt in their lineup. The fan base was stoked and circled all around the media. This was a done deal.

And then…nothing. Flores was left out to dry, and coincidentally cry, at shortstop. Terry Collins was clueless. The fans were perplexed. Why hadn’t Flores left the field? Why wasn’t there an official announcement through the Mets social media page? It was everywhere else.

That’s because Sandy Alderson killed the deal.

Reports circulated around Twitter that the Mets killed the deal, because of a medical situation revolving around the hip of Gomez. WELL, that isn’t entirely the case.

According to Tom Haudricourt from the Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee, the Mets, besides getting Gomez, wanted the Brewers’ 2016 Competitive Balance Round B pick, which was declined. The Mets then tried to ask for cash considerations to cover some of the salary that Gomez would need to be paid, including $9 million next year, which was also declined.

Haudricourt then wrote, “It was only then, according to the source, that the Mets came back and said they were calling off the deal because of concerns over Gomez’s medical records, which was their right all along. Any team can call off a deal over medical concerns before it becomes official.”

The bottom line is simple: Alderson got greedy.

Sandy Alderson has been the man behind building this Mets organization over the past few years. He has cut payroll due to the issues with the Wilpons and Bernie Madoff. The fan base has been clamoring for an impact player for years, whether it’s Gomez, Nelson Cruz, Jose Reyes, or Troy Tulowitzki. Instead, we’ve gotten Chris Young, Michael Cuddyer, and multiple instances of Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Although they have a phenomenal starting rotation, the Mets have NO BATS. Alderson has attempted to play the game of Moneyball with bit parts to fill roles. With the exception of Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy, it has been an absolute chore to watch the Mets at the plate. It has to be extremely frustrating, especially for Terry Collins.

Speaking of Collins, for a manager that has no knowledge of trades or signings, he has somehow kept this team together and not against him for 5 seasons. It has been a miracle that Collins has kept team chemistry to where it is. With no true knowledge of what’s going on in the front office, I commend him for his incredible job as manager. He stands up for his players and tries to bring the absolute best in each and every athlete wearing a uniform. I just feel that Alderson hangs Collins out to dry on a consistent basis.

Fans are fed up with Alderson. Some fans have compared him to former New York Jets (football) General Manager John Idzik. They are sick of him standing back and letting this team take the field and struggle at the plate. They are upset over the comments about him having the money to spend on talent and not doing it, especially since Alderson has turned a profit for the Wilpon family each year as General Manager since 2011 and none of the money is going towards high-priced talent. Most of all, they are sick of the vague comments about the status of the ball club and not trying to change the perception of the franchise from perennial losers into contenders.

I am one of those fans. I know that a few months ago, I said the Mets needed a jolt. I was wrong about Terry Collins being the one to go. It needs to be Sandy Alderson. It needs to be now.

If it doesn’t, the permanent status quo of the New York Mets will always be one of mediocrity. The Mets faithful don’t deserve it. Seven years is enough time to rebuild.

Sandy Alderson needs to go.

Featured Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

 

Jon Harder

Editor at Legends On Deck
Jon was born in Queens and now resides in New Jersey. He is a die-hard Mets fan and believes HoJo should be in the Mets Hall of Fame. Not only is Jon a contributing writer on Legends On Deck, but he also is the founder of @HardwayHQ, host of the #TheHardwayPodcast and somewhat plays Air Hockey on http://HardwayHQ.com. You can follow Jon on Twitter @TheJonHarder