The New York Mets are reportedly on their way to finding their next team president.
Andy Martino from SNY explained that Sandy Alderson’s contract expires at the end of the year and he never wanted to hold onto the position he took in 2020 for long. Thus, the Mets have already begun interviewing candidates for his position, even if “no hiring is in sight.”
Although Alderson’s contract expires at the end of December, he could remain in the presidency if the process, which “could easily drag on into next year,” is still ongoing. What’s more, he plans to stay with the Mets as an advisor even after there’s a new president.
The franchise confirmed the timing when it announced that he would step down as president after a successor was found:
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The Mets announced that Sandy Alderson would step down as team president once the search for his successor was complete. pic.twitter.com/iE24hZswrd
Martineau said New York was interviewing candidates with business backgrounds, not baseball backgrounds, because the president oversees various aspects of the organization, not just the baseball side, as a president of baseball operations would.
This is not Alderson’s first time at the Mets.
He was general manager from 2010 until 2018 when he stepped down due to health issues. New York only made the playoffs twice during that time, though they made it to the 2015 World Series before losing to the Kansas City Royals.
Alderson then returned to the Mets in 2020 in his current role and helped create an opponent who has led the National League Eastern for most of the season and is currently polygames ahead of the defending champion Atlanta Braves.
Alderson has a lot of baseball an experience outside Metz. He was general manager of the Oakland Athletics from 1983 to 1997, vice president of league baseball operations, and then general manager of the San Diego Padres from 2005 to 2009.