Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse predicted one week ago that the Mets have already decided on hiring Sandy Alderson to serve as the club’s next general manager.
It looks like Price is going to be correct.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Alderson has been asked back for a second interview that will be attended by Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon and team president Saul Katz. The meeting is expected to take place Thursday and it’s highly probable that Alderson, who did very well in his first chat with club officials, will be given the job soon after.
Alderson is currently working on Major League Baseball’s ongoing effort to clean up and police the amateur ranks in Latin America. He was an executive with the A’s during their run of success in the 80s and 90s, and he has Bud Selig’s blessing to leave his current post. In fact, Selig and Wilpon happen to be friends.
The Mets have also interviewed former Royals GM Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes and Dodgers assistant GM Logan White. It’s a list of impressive candidates, but most baseball insiders believe Alderson to be the most fitting option.
The Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.
Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.
Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.
ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.
After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.