10/29/2010 2:25 PM ET
Mets hire Sandy Alderson as General Manager
Alderson Signs Four-Year Contract Through 2014, With Club Option for 2015
FLUSHING, N.Y., October 29, 2010 -- The New York Mets today announced they have hired Sandy Alderson as General Manager. He becomes the 12th General Manager in franchise history. Alderson, whose baseball career spans four decades and includes six division titles, three American League pennants and one World Championship, signed a four-year contract through 2014 with a club option for 2015. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Alderson will oversee the Baseball Operations department and report to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon.
"Sandy has the intelligence, leadership and creativity to reinvigorate this franchise and implement a structure and system that will produce a winning and contending team for the long term," Wilpon said. "His success and vast experience are unmatched, uniquely qualifying him to lead our baseball department."
"I am thrilled with this opportunity and am eager to work with Ownership and the entire organization to achieve a successful and sustainable future for the Mets and our fans," Alderson said.
Alderson, 62, was the architect of the Oakland Athletics teams that played in three consecutive World Series from 1988-1990 and won the championship in 1989. Oakland captured four American League West Division titles in 1988-90, and 1992. Alderson served as General Manager from 1983-1997 and President from 1993-1995, and 1997-1998 before leaving to join the Office of the Commissioner.
In his role as MLB's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations from 1998-2005, Alderson oversaw baseball operations, umpiring, on-field operations and security and facility management. He helped baseball expand internationally, securing MLB's participation in the historic games with the Cuban National Team in 1999 and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where Team USA won the Gold Medal. He also created MLB academies in Australia, Italy and Compton, California.
In April 2005, Alderson returned to the front office and became Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Padres. During his four years in San Diego, Alderson led the franchise to back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in club history in 2005 and 2006, winning the National League West Division title both seasons. He was responsible for the club's daily business and baseball operations and instrumental in bringing the inaugural World Baseball Classic to San Diego in 2006.
Alderson most recently served as a special consultant to the Commissioner for Latin America, leading the sport's efforts to combat identity fraud and performance-enhancing drug use by baseball prospects. He was appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig to that position in March 2010.
Alderson, who served four years as a Marine Infantry Officer with a tour of duty in Vietnam, holds degrees from Dartmouth College (1969) and Harvard Law School (1976). The Seattle native and his wife, Linda, have two adult children.