Alderson Leaves Mets As Cancer Returns

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is taking a leave of absence to receive continued treatment on his cancer. Alderson has been receiving chemotherapy since his cancer returned since the end of April.

Alderson, 70, was initially diagnosed with cancer in September of 2015 shortly before the Mets made their improbable run to the World Series.

ALDERSON: Leaves Mets, maybe for good. (AP)

ALDERSON: Leaves Mets, maybe for good. (AP)

Alderson, speaking with Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon at his side prior to tonight’s game at Citi Field, said he will forfeit all his decision-making responsibilities to his staff of John Ricco, Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi, all decisions – the trade deadline is July 31 – will go through Wilpon.

“I’m just really concerned for Sandy’s health,” Wilpon said, “and that he’s back with his family, and doing everything he can to make sure he weathers this storm the best he can.”

Wilpon did not comment of the Mets’ new chain-of-command or Alderson’s future, but the general manager hinted he might not return.

“If I were to look at it on the merits, I’m not sure coming back is warranted,’’ Alderson said, but wouldn’t define the term `merits.’ Although, reaching the 2015 World Series was the pinnacle.

Alderson’s record with the Mets is 582-628, including 31-45 this season. His marquee decisions were trading Carlos Beltran for Zack Wheeler; buying out Jason Bay, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo; signing David Wright to an eight-year, $138-million contract; trading Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey for Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud; trading for Yoenis Cespedes, then extending him to a four-year, $110-million contract; firing manager Terry Collins, and finally giving up on Matt Harvey and trading him to the Reds this year.

Alderson has also been reluctant to spend lavishly in the free-agent market and unable to build up the farm system. Alderson also assumed responsibility for the Mets’ miserable season.

“I feel badly that we’ve had the season that we have had to date,” Alderson said. “I feel personally responsible for the results that we’ve had. At the same time, I have confidence in our manager, our coaching staff, our players, that this will change. John, Omar [and] J.P., I’m sure, will take a hard look at where we are, maybe take a fresh look at where we are. And I have every confidence that they will serve the franchise well over the next few months through the end of the season.

“I’m really disappointed with where we are and disappointed to have left Mets fans in this situation. I’ve said many times, I really do this to make other people happy. When you’re not making people happy, it’s difficult.

“None of us writes his or her script. You deal with circumstances as they arise. I am grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had here, all the opportunities I’ve had in the game, and for whatever opportunities may arise in the future. This isn’t Disney World. We have to deal with life as it presents itself, and I’m OK with that.’’

4 thoughts on “Alderson Leaves Mets As Cancer Returns

  1. We certainly all wish Sandy the best in his recovery. Sandy is a solid baseball man but the Mets should have gone in a different direction a few years back.

  2. No matter what we think of Alderson as a GM (and 2015 was an exciting year and they did make the playoffs in 2016), we all wish him a complete recovery. But just once I wish someone would take the blame, not the responsibility. As the old joke goes: people who are to blame lose their jobs. People who are responsible do not.

    But a three man committee running things? That seems like a bad way ti run things. Although the main problem with the Mets is the owners. Like the Bourbons in France, they never learn and never forget.

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    Alderson Lets Down Mets … Again
    Posted on June 24, 2018 by John Delcos
    The Mets deserved to lose today not just because they gave up seven home runs and not just because they continued flounder hitting with runners in scoring position.

    They lost because the man who is supposed to put them in position to win, or at least compete, completely let them down. You might even say he betrayed them.

  4. Good luck Alderson. Lots of folks get thru cancer now. And screw you to Jeff Wilpon who basically left a sick man out to dry and basically fire himself in a press conference because this piece of human manure couldn’t say something to to the effect that he is retiring to take care of himself.