Friday night Sandy Alderson made an appearance in the SNY booth and chatted with the broadcasters. Alderson is a master of talking a lot without really saying anything and has never been above bending the truth to serve his immediate purposes. Then factor in that the broadcasters aren’t really allowed 100% freedom in asking questions and you end up with a half an inning talking about the blocking the plate issue and Alderson pretending that he was being grilled the entire time.
It’s great that Alderson makes himself available for these “interviews” but we’re always left wanting more. It’s obvious that he’s smart and articulate. It’s just too bad that all parties aren’t more interested in having an open and honest dialogue. As someone who doesn’t derive a paycheck from Sterling Equities, here would be some of my questions for our GM.
1. There’s rampant speculation that Terry Collins is nothing but a puppet for your theories and beliefs. If we have an issue with something that’s traditionally in the realm of the manager, should we be angry with Collins or you?
2. Josh Edgin has never had trouble retiring RHB in either the minors or majors. Why is he being forced into a sub-optimal role?
4. Rafael Montero has a better ERA and WHIP in Las Vegas than Noah Syndergaard yet all we hear is that Syndergaard is a future rotation member and Montero is heading to the bullpen. Will Montero get an honest shot as a starter in the majors going forward?
5. How big of a priority is it for the Mets to get a Triple-A affiliate back in the Eastern time zone and what can you do better to assure a long-term relationship with the top farm club?
6. The first two years of the new rules for the MLB Draft, you went underslot at the top of the draft, signing your top picks to cheap deals. Was this year the start of a new direction and if so, why?
7. When do you get a budget from ownership and how often does it change during the year?
9. You’ve made great trades picking up prospects for veterans. Are you ready, willing and able to deal prospects for a vet?
10. Given how many blogs there are out there that write about the Mets 365 days a year, why don’t you do more to build relationships with this constituency?
No doubt some of you are thinking he would just avoid answering these questions – or answer in a less than truthful manner – much like the actual ones he gets from the broadcasters. And you’re probably right. But let’s start addressing the problem by fixing the issues that are under non-Alderson control. Let’s start asking the questions that really matter.
Maybe you would have different questions than me and that’s fine. But would you really ask Alderson about the home plate collision rule if you had a chance to ask the Mets GM a question? Is that what the powers that be think that the fans want to hear?
Because it’s not.