Alderson to step down, switch to a new role with Mets

NEW YORK – The Mets family has entered a new phase of its organizational transition under owner Steve Cohen.

Sandy Alderson, who became team boss shortly after Cohen bought the team in 2020, plans to vacate the position to become a special advisor to Cohen and the senior leadership team. Alderson will help conduct the search for a new team boss before stepping down.

“When I asked Sandy to return to the team, it was for a specific period of time and with a specific mandate – to revive our culture and this special privilege for our fans, partners and employees,” Cohen said in a statement. “Sandy did those things and more, and we started looking for his successor.”

The move shouldn’t have a huge impact on baseball’s operations, as Alderson had already played down his influence on such decisions over the past year. Instead, the new team leader will oversee all aspects of the organization, reporting directly to Cohen.

Alderson, 74, originally came to the Mets as general manager after the 2010 season, eventually quitting in July 2018 while battling cancer. The following January, Alderson was declared cancer-free. He spent over two years away from the Mets before rejoining them at Cohen’s behest, in what was always intended to be a short-lived role as the Mets moved into a new ownership group. But as scandals off the field led to the dismissal of several GMs, Alderson spent more and more time in baseball affairs.

This change began after the team hired Billy Ebler, who became a stabilizing force in GM’s chair. Although Mets officials have not disclosed whether Eppler will be the long-term chief of baseball operations or if they intend to appoint a chief of baseball operations higher than him in the hierarchy, these decisions have nothing to do with the team chief position.

“For me personally and for the organization, this is the right time for this transition,” Alderson said in a statement. “We’re having a successful season, we’ve made several major additions to our senior leadership team, and built a strong and future-proof culture. When the time comes, I look forward to continuing to support Steve, Alex, and the organization in a new role.”

Under Alderson’s leadership, the Mets have appointed several important front offices, including Eppler as GM (after Jared Porter and Zack Scott), Andy Goldberg as Executive Vice President and Director of Marketing, Katie Bother as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Nancy Sheikh as Communications Officer. The Mets also fired CEOs Holly Lindvall and David Cohen last June after the team investigated workplace practices.

Alderson’s legacy with the Mets is twofold. During his first term from 2010-18, he oversaw one of the most significant rebuilding operations in franchise history, culminating in the Mets winning the National League title in 2015. During his second term beginning in 2020, Alderson oversaw the transfer of ownership of the Mets from a family Weldon Steve and Alex Cohen. As one of only seven team bosses in Mets history, Alderson is now on the cusp of entering eighth.

Prior to coming to the Mets, he spent 17 seasons in Oakland, winning three consecutive majors in the Major League and the 1989 World Championship. He left Alderson to join the front office of Major League Baseball for seven years, then became the Padres’ CEO and then the Mets’ general manager. He is a decorated former Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.

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