The New York Mets named Sandy Alderson their new General Manager on Friday.
Alderson spent 15 seasons as the GM for the Oakland Athletics and was on hand when they won three consecutive AL pennants and a World Series title in 1989.
After leaving Oakland, Alderson went to work for Bud Selig and remained in the Commissioner's Office until 2005. Alderson then served as the CEO of the San Diego Padres, a position he held until 2009.
Given the chaos that reigned under Omar Minaya, the Wilpons wanted an old hand in charge.
I had hoped the Mets would consider Dodgers Assistant General Manager Kim Ng for the position. But it doesn't appear the Mets ever approached her. Ng had been interviewed for GM positions in Seattle and San Diego in 2008 and 2009 but was passed over on both occasions.
Well, now that Alderson has the gig it will be interesting to see who he hires to be the Mets new skipper.