With big expectations for the 2015 season and the team off to a fine 6-3 start at press time, New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson will be discussing the team he has rebuilt at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J., on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Alderson, the subject of a much-discussed new book, Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets, will attend with bestselling author Steve Kettmann, with whom he cooperated on the book.
Alderson took over the Mets in 2010 with the team in turmoil. After suffering an embarrassing September collapse and two bitter losing seasons, the Mets were in even worse trouble off the field. The Wilpons, the team’s principal owners, were embroiled in the largest financial scam in American history. To help revive the franchise, they turned to Alderson, a former marine who served in Vietnam and graduated from Harvard Law, and had helped pioneer using statistical analysis with the Oakland A’s in the late 1980s. When new owners slashed payroll in the 1990s, Alderson’s creativity was thrust into the spotlight. Alderson’s renewal of the Mets, despite a limited budget, has come through big trades that brought back high-profile prospects and the development of young aces including Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler, and Jacob deGrom. Without question, the widespread perception is changing about the Mets, who are now a competitive and up-and-coming team.
To RSVP for the Alderson event call (973) 655-2378. Books available for purchase at the Museum.