The New York Mets have hired Allard Baird as their new VP of scouting and player development. He’ll assist new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
Most of you probably remember Baird as the general manager for the Kansas City Royals in the early 2000s. That’s back when the Royals lost 100 games or more four times in the span of five seasons. Baird took a lot of the blame for that before he left town. If that’s all you know about Baird, however, you don’t know the whole story.
The whole story involves (a) the Royals being a total train wreck of an organization before Baird even got the gig, making his job a rather hopeless one, even if he made missteps of his own; and (b) Baird leaving Kansas City and getting hired by the Red Sox, where he has served admirably for the past 12 years. In that time, of course, the Sox have won three World Series titles, with Baird’s scouting expertise a key part of all of that.
Which is to say that this is a good hire by the Mets.