Sandy Alderson fell on his sword today, taking a leave of absence from the Mets to undergo cancer treatments.
We all wish Alderson well and hope for a full recovery, a cryptic response to a question about coming back produced this:
“If I were to look at it on the merits, I’m not sure coming back is warranted,” Alderson said. “I feel personally responsible for the results that we’ve had. At the same time, I have confidence in our manager, our staff, our players that this will change.”
Take it for what it is. Alderson is probably done and now in his 70s, he will probably retire than come back to Queens.
So, the Mets are at a crossroads right now. They are dropping like a rock in the standings. Can’t buy a win at Citi Field and now are without the face and mouthpiece of organizational management.
Met fans need to hear something from ownership and there’s only one person that needs to stand up and calm a very disillusioned fanbase.
As principle owner of the Mets, Fred needs to stand up there and speak about going through the same pain as every fan this season.
And it needs to come from him. Not Jeff. Not Saul Katz. Not Bill Maher. Not anyone else who invested in the Mets back in 2011. Fred needs to speak to his loyal paying customers and give up a game plan on what will happen. Jeff spoke today, but be honest, are you confident in his stewardship?
Right now, the Mets will be run the same way Rome was fostered after Julius Caesar’s murder, a three headed monster. Here Omar Minaya, John Ricco and J.P. Ricciardi will be making the calls for the foreseeable future, but that must change. The last organization that was run by committee was the Islanders back in 2006 and you saw how well they did.
No, we need Fred Wilpon to be up there fielding the questions, much like John Mara did back in December when he canned his GM and coach. He needs to layout the search for Alderson’s successor and Mickey Callaway’s future. He needs to admit that his hiring may have been a mistake and would be willing to eat his salary, which has been a criticism of the Wilpons in the past.
It has to be Fred that does this. Jeff Wilpon doesn’t have the trust of the fanbase and Katz has never been the front man here. Fred, though, has been the mouthpiece of the organization for many years and has been in this position before.
At 81, Fred has taken a step back from the day to day operation and let Jeff run the organization. However, he is still involved and very in the loop. And make no mistake Fred has the final say when it comes to hirings and firings. He stopped Terry Collins from getting canned a number of times, until he couldn’t do it last year.
This may be the last time Fred will be forced into action, but his Mets are at a crossroads. If the club is a family legacy like he claims, it’s time to step and up speak about it.
Fred Wilpon, we are waiting to hear from you.