Please use this thread throughout the week to discuss any Mets-specific topic you wish.
From a recent Tim Britton article over at The Athletic:
One of the disappointing aspects of this season for New York is that some of its attempted strides in player development have been stunted by big-league needs. Zack Scott was hired as an assistant GM with an eye toward overhauling how the Mets develop players; instead, he’s been the acting GM since late January. Hugh Quattlebaum was supposed to be the director of hitting, implementing an organization-wide approach at the plate; instead, he’s been the major-league hitting coach since early May. His assistant is Kevin Howard, who was hired to be the farm director.
Generally, I’m pro-Sandy Alderson. But one of my criticisms of him going back many years now is that when Plan A falls through, that Plan B generally isn’t that good. Completely with the benefit of hindsight, wouldn’t it have been better to keep those three guys in the role they were hired for and move Alderson to GM and keep Chili Davis and Tom Slater in their roles, even if the latter three were all essentially lame duck guys?
Again, it’s easy to say now because the moves they made didn’t really work. It just seems they’ve lost a year of development because of short-sighted moves like this.
Is it fair to Scott now to hire someone as GM and push him back to overseeing development? The Mets ran into trouble this past offseason because so many of the people they targeted to be GM either didn’t want to uproot their family or they were prohibited by their current teams from moving on. If the Mets hire someone to replace Scott — does this make him someone who leaps to the top of GM wish lists for other clubs? If so, do the Mets let him leave?
If Howard was farm director – would the Kumar Rocker clusterf#$k have happened that torpedoed the 2021 Draft?
Unfortunately, there are more questions than answers here.