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Sandy Alderson stepping down as Mets president, will remain with club in advisory role

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Sandy Alderson (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets president Sandy Alderson will be transitioning from his position with the club, as first reported by the team announced on Thursday night. He is expected to remain with the club as a senior advisor. 

The 74-year-old’s contract is set to expire in December, which is prompting the move and the subsequent search for a new team president. 

No potential candidates are known at this time. 

Alderson was never planning on staying at this position for long after he was re-introduced to the organization by Steve Cohen upon his takeover in September of 2020. He had previously served as the Mets’ general manager from 2011-2018.

“When I asked Sandy to come back to the team, it was for a defined period of time and with a specific mandate – revive our culture and this iconic franchise for our fans, partners and employees,” Mets owner Steve Cohen said. “Sandy has done those very things and more and we have begun a search for his successor. When we find that person, I have asked Sandy to continue in a new role as special advisor to me and the senior leadership team.”

It has been a turbulent, yet successful two years at the helm for Alderson, who overcame the botched hiring of Jared Porter as general manager and the promotion of his successor, Zack Scott. Porter was fired for workplace harassment during a previous stint with the Chicago Cubs while Scott was dismissed after he was arrested for a DWI. 

He was also unable to find a president of baseball operations, failing to coax the likes of Billy Beane, Theo Epstein, or David Stearns to Queens. 

Following a playoff-less 2021 season, though, the Mets own the second-best record in the National League this season behind two more of Alderson’s hires in GM Billy Eppler and manager Buck Showalter. 

“For me personally and for the organization, it’s the right time for this transition,” Alderson said. “We are having a successful season, we have made several key additions to our senior leadership team and we have built a strong and forward-thinking culture. When the time comes, I am looking forward to continuing to support Steve, Alex, and the organization in a new role.”

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