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Friday, October 29, 2010

Opinion: Alderson Needs to Apologize for Letting Ladies in the Dugout
 Sandy Alderson, Mets GM, ducks another tough question.

Only a day in to his new job, and new Met GM Sandy Alderson is already knee deep in controversy.
Sure, Alderson may have risked his life for his country, made himself a wildly successful major league executive, and been a founding father of the sabermetric set that revolutionized baseball. But already there is another Bernie Madoff-size hole the size of in Alderson's creditability.  After refusing to apologize for the steroid era, Alderson would seem to be on thin ice already as he faces the second stunning controversy of his brief tenure. This time the scandal takes the form of a clash with Met culture itself; specifically, a growing disagreement with one of the greatest living Mets, SNY broadcaster Keith Hernandez.
Keith Hernandez, shown reacting to announcement of new Met GM.

The controversy started in 2006 when Hernandez noted the presence of a female trainer, Kelly Calabrese, in the dugout of Alderson-controlled San Diego Padres.  "Who is the girl in the dugout, with the long hair?" Hernandez said. "What's going on here? You have got to be kidding me. Only player personnel in the dugout."

Hernandez later tried to back step and defuse the controversy, saying "You know I am only teasing. I love you gals out there -- always have." No doubt this was done in order to spare the San Diego organization the loss of face that comes with such a transgression of America's past time.

But as Hernandez knows, the damage was done. Gals were hanging off of the top step railing.  Chicks were getting players ready to play ballgames.  All of this slowly destroying the game that, along with Jazz, country music, and nuclear weapons, stands among America's greatest contributions to world civilization.  And this destruction was done on Sandy Alderson's watch.

In this space, I can only modestly (pre-) echo the (no doubt forthcoming) demands of noble scribes and keepers of the baseball flame like Ian O'Connor, who work for great defenders of the integrity of the game of baseball like the website and 24 hour news channel ESPN, and make the following demand: Alderson must say he's sorry for being an enabler at a time when baseball desperately needed a whistle-blower and a leader on the issue of ladies in the dugout.
If Sandy Alderson gets his way, horrifying scenes like this will be an everyday occurrence. What's next, equal pay for equal work?

Alderson no doubt disappointed millions when he stepped to the microphone on Friday to take questions, yet refused to address the issue of babes on the bench. But the Mets organization as a whole needs to take a stronger stand.  Where is team president and architect of the entire past four years of unmitigated failure, Saul Katz on this issue? Since we now know that Katz makes most of the decisions in this organization, Katz needs to address the media and set the record straight immediately, if the Alderson rebuilding project is to have any hope of succeeding. I demand an apology from Saul Katz as well.

If Alderson and Katz are going to preach accountability with the sad sack Mets, that's fine. But they would make that pitch credible if they started with themselves, and took a few minutes to apologize for an opportunity lost, an opportunity to keep the fair sex out of our fair game.

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  • At 4:33 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    Alderson gives me the creeps. OK, he obviously knows a ton about baseball and will probably make the Mets a big success, but have they made a deal with the devil here? And the level of fans desperation has led them, I think to put their heads in the sand as much as Sandy has pretended that his was in the sand. Something about him reminds me a bit of David Gergen, who worked for so many presidents of both parties, starting with Nixon. These guys have so much experience and knowledge, but when I hear the words like respect, honesty and integrity to describe him, it makes me a bit ill. This guy didn't have accountability at all and owes his success to steroids. Admittedly, the players were the users and deserve the fingers pointed at them, but Alderson has not only slid by, but most likely is still lying about his knowledge, but if not, he certainly was clueless. Of course, his team was wildly successful due to steroids, so nobody cared and no one has been able to prove that he didn't know and maybe isn't telling the truth, even TODAY! I feel that the Mets have blown it again. Well, when they win a pennant, I might lose my soul and have to break down and love Alderson, too. But the Mets have blown it by getting a very savvy baseball guy, but the wrong one - one with horrible baggage. As I wrote, the Mets will probably be successful now, but there is a risk that the media will more than whisper and delve further into what Sandy knew and when he knew it. I REALLY HOPE THEY DO!!!

  • At 6:10 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    The first and only David Gergen Mets baseball reference, and I'm proud to host it. But I don't feel as bittersweet as you do, maybe because I'm too bitter. I don't excuse the steroids era players like some people, but I have to wonder what GM candidate wouldn't be implicated in some way, if we started down that road: Cashman, Epstein, probably all but the youngest candidates are tainted in ways we'll never know or be able to fairly assess. I think just by not being Omar, Aldo is ahead of the game. I also welcome his assumed competence, because this organization needs to be rebuilt from top to bottom. I hope he sends some messages by sacking some of the more useless parts of this organization--he could improve fan morale bit by bit over the winter by offering up a new sacrifice each month.

  • At 8:51 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    Gee - was I hasty and over-the-top? I dunno - such mixed feelings. I just listened to him with Mike Francesca and he definitely is an extremely intelligent and engaging guy - I might already be drinking the kool aid myself. He "sounds" honest. His explanation of the steroids stuff though, I dunno. And that's the rub. He did admit that he wouldn't rule out having a player who is a bad guy, but a great player - "a results business" as he aptly described it. So, most likely when he suspected Canseco and later thought McGwire looked "too big", it was "don't ask, don't tell". But he's not admitting that. Maybe a better reference would be Bill Clinton:)

  • At 11:44 AM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    Steve Phillips is already the Mets reigning Bill Clinton in some ways.

  • At 3:37 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    i think things are going about as well as can be expected around here.

  • At 6:31 PM, Anonymous cver said…

    There will be a new HBO mob series about the Mets - please help me and come up with a good title for them:)

  • At 8:21 PM, Blogger I.M. Forme said…

    I'm working on it Cver. This team's ridiculousness outpaces my ability to satirize it once again.


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