Alderson shows leadership in managerial search

That Sandy Alderson is continuing the search for a new manager in the aftermath of his father’s death shows true leadership and commitment; it shows the taking of responsibility. I have a feeling whomever he chooses will be a sound choice, one who is probably every bit the leader Alderson is proving to be.

I’ve read with great interest about the lack of discipline in the Mets’ clubhouse and the need for an iron hand. This is another point in Terry Collins’ favor.

If there was a lack of discipline, it stems from the previous administration. Both Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya were passive and too easy going and the players knew what they could and couldn’t get away with. Give a child an inch and he’ll take a mile.

Never was this more evident than in the case of Oliver Perez, whose selfishness forced the Mets to go with 24 players. Minaya was supposedly tight with the Hispanic players, but had no influence in the Perez case. Manuel, it was clear, had already lost the clubhouse at the end and couldn’t exert any authority, whether it be with Perez or anybody else for that matter.

To see Perez impose his will killed the clubhouse and the concept of team. But, too many other players had their own agendas long before Perez strangled the team.

It was obvious as the season faded that the Mets played with a lack of discipline. I don’t know if you’d call it a sense of entitlement as you would playing without passion or a fundamentally sound base.

Part of discipline should come from within, but a strong willed manager is essential in the molding part of a team. With some teams, you know there’s no questioning the authority of the manager. It’s that way in Boston and Philadelphia and St. Louis. It hasn’t been that way with the Mets.

When concentration wanders and at-bats are given away, both by the hitters and pitchers, a team looks lackluster and players fail to take accountability.

There’s a right way and a wrong way to play the game, and too often the Mets played the wrong way. And, there’s not a player not at fault.

5 thoughts on “Alderson shows leadership in managerial search

  1. The last 4 years the mets were a bunch of kids with fat wallets. I get paid whether I play well or not.. in the days of real managers if you obviously blew a play or didnt give it your all. you were fined.
    I heard way too many times Jerry talking about the team being able to turn it on when they need to. this implies they turn it off.
    We have had this discussion mnay times, during the season you never turn it off, on purpose. I wanna see some real fire on the field next season.

  2. No one can play 2nd save Luis. There was not a lot of alternatives to any position. We can barely fill a starting rotation. Give a journeyman sub 500 pitchers with 10 years experience a 3 yr 36 million dollar contract.

    We wonder why we have problems on this team? The problems were baked in by ownership and the GM.

    In the end the GM made terrible decisions too often on things under his control – Luis/Ollie/etc.

    Ike came up because we had no choice. The lack of seasoning was overshadowed by lack of any player available to play 1B. Same with Reuben, same with Dickey. Our most productive players only played because of total lack of options.

    I am glad Sandy seems to have a plan. I don’t know if his plan will work or not, but I am glad at least he seems to have one.

  3. ORLANDO-New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson says he will choose a new manager by Thanksgiving, and has limited his choices to four finalists:

    Terry Collins, Bob Melvin, Chip Hale and Wally Backman.

    The interview process should be completed by the end of the week, Alderson said, with a decision likely coming next week.

    “It’s very possible we’ll have a manager announced by Thanksgiving,” Alderson said.

    “The field is wide open,” Alderson said. “Certainly it’s not a foregone conclusion or we wouldn’t be wasting our time with the number of candidates. It’s open.”

    By Bob Nightengale

  4. SteveC (1): There’s no question they played with a flip-the-switch mentality. That has always been a Met problem. They give away too many at-bats, both pitching and hitting, and lose focus. And, it’s everybody, including Wright and Reyes. They’ll never win unless this changes.-JD

  5. dave (2): Sometimes good things come out of necessity. Davis and Dickey were such examples. … It wasn’t just last season for Perez. He hasn’t done anything the past two years. Those were wasted years.-JD