The questions the GM candidates should be asking.

The interview process works both ways, and it would be fascinating to know the questions the GM candidates are asking of the Wilpons this week.

I would think these would be some of them:

During the press conference to announce the dismissals of Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel, both Wilpons said ownership took responsibility. However, other than saying they hired the wrong people, what mistakes did Jeff and Fred Wilpon specifically make?

Do the Wilpons have a timetable for success, which is defined as the playoffs? If the new general manager said the team is three years away from being competitive, is that acceptable?

What do the Wilpons believe is the reason for the team’s failures from 2007 through 2010? Is it all on Minaya, the managers or bad luck, or did the organizational policies sidetrack them from winning?

With $130 million in salaries already earmarked for 2011, how much over that is ownership willing to spend?

Is ownership willing to increase spending for scouting and player development as to upgrade the minor league system?

Define autonomy. It was stressed during the press conference that Minaya had autonomy, and Fred Wilpon said ownership never vetoed a move the general manager wanted to make. However, other organizations and agents indicated in negotiations they were left hanging for answers because nobody would get back to them. Just how hands-on does ownership expect to be and how much input will they provide?

Reportedly, the Wilpons will request the new general manager interview Wally Backman for the managerial job. Is that a request or an endorsement?

As incomprehensible as this is, Jeff Wilpon said Minaya never approached him about waiving Oliver Perez. If the new general manager can’t engineer a trade, would ownership be willing to eat that $12 million contract?

The Mets have long had a checkered history in dealing with injured players. Is ownership willing to overhaul the medical department?

Does ownership consider any player or prospect untouchable to trade?

I am sure there are others, but that’s just a start.

9 thoughts on “The questions the GM candidates should be asking.

  1. John,

    This is a good list of questions. It would be interesting what the answers to these are.

    Certainly the incoming GM does not want his manager to be picked for him. After all it is his job too.

    I think “Just how hands-on does ownership expect to be and how much input will they provide?” is the key question.

    The press has reported that the answer to this question is A LOT. Last offseason when they had that spat with Beltran, it was clear to me that management pushed Omar aside and brought out their mouthpiece. Omar eventually squashed this, but only after they did a lot of public sniping.

    As a prospective employee I would ask for an insiders view of what happened here. I am not sure if everyone is in the same room or if you go from one person to another in the process. It would be interesting to compare notes on what the answers are. The first person to ask that gets a more honest answer as they have not had a chance to get their story straight.

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  3. A nice retrospective on Omar.

    Couldn’t find a link more appropriate for this one. It shows the bad decision making over the past 6 years by our top guy.

    Hopefully the next big guy makes better decisions. As I keep saying. I just want a competent GM. Someone who will make the routine signings routine. Someone who will finally fill out the minor leagues.

    Someone who will not spend money while drunk or at least make it seem like that is not what they are doing.

  4. Great list, JD, and comments from dave.

    What’s more annoying: to have had Atlanta beat us so regularly over the years or to have them name a new skipper two days after Cox retires? OK, so they knew they wanted Gonzalez as soon as the Marlins let him go. But it’s so freaking annoying to see other organizations make decisions and transitions so smoothly while the Mets seem to have to re-invent the wheel every year.

  5. Omaha,

    My thoughts exactly. We have known for a long time that these guys were gone. Yet the owners wait for the formal end of the season to announce the changes. How stupid is that?

    Did it somehow affect us getting into the playoffs?

  6. dave —

    Read (on EPSN, I think) that after Cox announced his retirement LAST YEAR Braves’ management made a list of 15 candidates for the job. Even if the Wilpons didn’t want to make changes during the season you would think they would have started making a wish-list of candidates early on.

  7. 5&6.
    the list and the want would have been leaked. and the team would have been huh?!
    retiring and being replaced are 2 different issues.
    Yes they should have been ready and looking. Because after all the years of nothing, and a win no where in sight was just ridiculous.
    Rose colored glasses, glassx half empty. what ever M&M was selling the wilpons kept buying.

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