Nepotism & The NY Mets

On December 1st, 2011 the NY Mets announced a slew of changes to the professional, amateur and international scouting departments. Among those announcement was the hiring of the poorly named Byrn Anderson, a 5 year veteran of the Oakland A’s, as a scout.

Byrn is the son of Mets GM Sandy Alderson. When the Mets twitterverse got word of it, this happened:

To be clear all that I know about Byrn is that he has 5 years experience. I do not know if it is good or bad. However, in a city where James Dolan, Hank Steinbrenner, and Jeff Wilpon are so prominent, many already were imagining the worse.

The visceral reaction strikes me though as very hypocritical. Many Mets fans want Wally Backman as manager. Why? Because he was on the 1986 championship team? Yes, the Diamondbacks hired him before word got out about his transgressions, but it is telling how much people are staying away from him with exception of the NY Mets and a brief flirtation with his ex-manager in Davey Johnson.

This is not the only case. Many fans would jump for joy if Ron Darling was named pitching coach despite having no recent experience in coaching. People would be ecstatic if Mike Piazza was added as a hitting coach. Mets fans were devastated when Mookie Wilson was relieved of his 1b/OF coaching duties, despite the poor baserunning and outfield play of the 2011 NY Mets.

The NY Mets players are like an extended family. If you are jumping for a former player to join the team you are encouraging the Mets to participate in the very same nepotism you are accusing Sandy Alderson of displaying with the hiring of his son.

Posted by Robert Z

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3 responses to “Nepotism & The NY Mets

  1. “his is not the only case. Many fans would jump for joy if Ron Darling was named pitching coach despite having no recent experience in coaching. People would be ecstatic if Mike Piazza was added as a hitting coach. Mets fans were devastated when Mookie Wilson was relieved of his 1b/OF coaching duties, despite the poor baserunning and outfield play of the 2011 NY Mets.”

    Seriously, who are these people? This all seems at least a little distorted.

  2. I’m not the type to call out names, even if it’s for public consumption. However, if you go on blogs, twitter, facebook, and listen to talk radio you’ll find more fans who would do as i describe than do not. Obviously this blog is an opinion piece so you are more than welcome to disagree with my point of view.

  3. I definitely know what you mean about fans who would love to have Mex as a hitting coach or Ronnie Darling as a pitching coach…though both of them have said as much they had no interest in doing so (not to mention, though we love his pimpness, Keith Hernandez is FAR too lazy to be a coach!). I think the issue here is familial nepotism, as opposed to wanting a former Met on the staff in some capacity. I know we’ve discussed on our show Jeff Wilpon, and none of us are a fan of him as you know. Truth is, we can’t know Sandy Alderson’s plans or motives with the team since it seems he’s getting jerked around by financial constraints of the owners. But he hires his son. I don’t mind it personally but I can see the outrage behind it, mock or not. Oh and don’t let Edgy get to you – he likes to stir chit when he can :D

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