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Richard "Sandy" AldersonExecutive Vice President of Baseball Operations
Richard "Sandy" Alderson is Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball, reporting directly to MLB President & COO Bob DuPuy and Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. Alderson came to Major League Baseball in New York in 1998 after spending seventeen years with the Oakland A's.
Alderson left a private law practice in 1981 to become the A's General Counsel. He served as General Manager from 1983 through 1997 and as President from 1993 to 1995 and from 1997 through his departure from the A's in 1998.
The A's won four American League West Championships during his tenure (1988, 89, 90, 92), participated in three consecutive World Series (1988-90) and captured the World Series in 1989. In addition, the A's farm system produced three consecutive Rookies of the Year from 1986-88 (Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Walt Weiss). Ben Grieve of the A's also won that award in 1998.
In his role with Major League Baseball, Alderson oversees Baseball Operations, Umpiring, On-Field Operations and Security and Facility Management. In addition, he is in charge of various special projects involving international play, including Major League Baseball's participation in the 1999 Pan American Games, the historic games with the Cuban National Team in the spring of 1999 and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney where Team USA won the Gold Medal.
Alderson holds degrees from Dartmouth College (1969) and Harvard Law School (1976). He also served four years as a Marine Infantry Officer with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He and his wife, Linda, have two children.