Sandy Alderson

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Richard Alderson

Biographical information[edit]

Sandy Alderson left a private law practice in 1981 to become the Oakland A's General Counsel. Prior to obtaining his law degree, he had served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, from 1969 to 1972, serving a tour of duty in the country. He then worked as Oakland's General Manager from 1983 to 1997, helping form the great A's teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Known as a pioneer in using statistical analysis of players, his methods were further developed by Billy Beane. Alderson worked for Major League Baseball as executive Vice-President for baseball operations, before becoming CEO of the San Diego Padres from 2005 to 2009.

Before the start of the 2011 season, he succeeded Omar Minaya as GM of the New York Mets and helped to put together the Mets' World Series team in 2015. He won the Baseball America Executive of the Year Award after that season. On June 26, 2018 he went on a leave of absence to address a "recurrence of cancer" requiring surgery. He had already missed some time after the 2015 season to undergo chemotherapy. A trio of persons, including his predecessor Minaya, took over in his absence. He later indicated he would retire at the end of the season, even though the treatment was successful and he was again cancer-free.

Preceded by
Billy Martin
Oakland Athletics General Manager
Succeeded by
Billy Beane
Preceded by
Omar Minaya
New York Mets General Manager
Succeeded by
Brodie Van Wagenen

Further Reading[edit]

  • Steve Kettmann: Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets, Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, NY, 2015. ISBN 978-0802119988
  • Steve Popper: "Sandy Alderson steps aside as a winner no matter the Mets' record", USA Today Sports, June 26, 2018. [1]