Sandy Alderson, the longtime Mets executive, will step down from his position as team president when his successor is found, the club said on Thursday night. When the search is complete, Alderson, 74, will hand over the day-to-day oversight of the Mets and transition right into a special adviser role for the team’s leadership group and owners Steve and Alex Cohen.
The announcement, while not unexpected, marked a transparent end to the multipart Alderson era in Flushing. After serving because the team’s general manager from 2010 to 2018, Alderson returned to the Mets in 2020 on the behest of Steve Cohen when Cohen bought the franchise. Because the president of baseball and business operations, Alderson helped oversee the team’s reconstruction on and off the sphere.
“After I asked Sandy to return back to the team, it was for an outlined time period and with a particular mandate — revive our culture and this iconic franchise for our fans, partners and employees,” Cohen said in an announcement. “Sandy has done those very things and more, and we have now begun a seek for his successor.”
Alderson’s fingerprints are evident throughout the present Mets roster from his time as G.M., when he helped construct a team that won the National League pennant in 2015 and earned a wild-card spot the next yr. (They haven’t reached the playoffs since.) He stepped down in the summertime of 2018, within the midst of a losing season, due to a reoccurrence of cancer. But a yr later, Alderson announced that he was cancer free after joining the Oakland Athletics as a senior adviser.
As Mets team president, Alderson has presided over a bolstering of the club’s infrastructure and spending, each leaner under the previous owners.
He also waded through a series of misfire hires and scandals: G.M. Jared Porter, who was fired a month into his latest job in 2021 after allegations that he had sexually harassed a female reporter in a previous position with one other team; acting G.M. Zack Scott, who was arrested in 2021 and dismissed from his role but later found not guilty of driving while intoxicated in White Plains, N.Y.; and Manager Mickey Callaway, who was fired by the Mets in 2019 after two years with the team and later suspended by M.L.B. and fired by the Angels after a sexual harassment investigation.
When Cohen assumed control of the Mets, the team desired to hire each a president of baseball operations to work under Alderson and a general manager. But after striking out, they hired Porter as G.M. and Scott as assistant G.M.
With each gone, the Mets tried again to rent a president of baseball operations last winter but struck out again, struggling to draw an completed leader. The Mets as an alternative hired only a general manager — Billy Eppler, the previous G.M. of the Angels — and Alderson said then that they could revisit hiring a president in a yr.
The Mets’ fame has improved this season, with Cohen spending not only on a franchise-record $288 million major league payroll (for luxury-tax purposes) but in addition on overhauling departments of the club and bolstering employees’ salaries. And on the sphere, the Mets have won, entering Thursday in first place within the N.L. East, a position they’ve held many of the season.
“For me personally and for the organization, it’s the proper time for this transition,” Alderson, a former Athletics G.M. and Major League Baseball commissioner’s office executive, said in an announcement. “We’re having a successful season, we have now made several key additions to our senior leadership team, and we have now built a powerful and forward-thinking culture. When the time comes, I’m looking forward to continuing to support Steve, Alex and the organization in a latest role.”