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