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Mets' Sandy Alderson resuming GM role as controversies pile up

Sandy Alderson back in '18 stepped back from the role because he said it became too much to handleGETTY IMAGES

Mets President Sandy Alderson has had a "tumultuous reign" to date, but slipping back into the GM role for the final month of the season amid Zack Scott's administrative leave will not "have much bearing on his future here," according to David Lennon of NEWSDAY. Either Mets Owner Steve Cohen has "decided to give him a first-year pass for the failed hirings of the two GMs who preceded him," or a "total housecleaning of the front office is on tap anyway." Alderson was "honest enough back in 2018 to realize when the job became too much to handle," and if he were to "closely scrutinize the 'merits' of what’s transpired this season ... he has a lot to answer for." This has been a "novel week" for Alderson, even by the Mets’ "bizarre standards." On Sunday night, he issued a "lengthy statement to defuse the uproar from his players symbolically booing their own fans with a 'thumbs-down' gesture." The Mets have "an uncanny knack for head-scratching behavior," but the front office "warring with its own players?" (NEWSDAY, 9/3). SI.com's Emma Baccellieri wrote Scott's DWI charge is a Mets story that has "crossed the line from bad joke to straight-up bad," and it is "not the first one this year." The "number and pace of these incidents" makes it "easy to lump them together, to write them off as the cost of doing business in a franchise as cosmically disjointed as this one." But that is "not right" (SI.com, 9/2).

THEO TO THE RESCUE? ESPN’s Joon Lee said MLB consultant Theo Epstein “would be able to fix the Mets, I'm just not sure whether or not he's going to want to do that.” The Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan said if he “were Theo Epstein, I’d be thinking twice about” joining the Mets. Epstein is "on his way" to the Baseball HOF, "and you wouldn’t want to mess anything up." Lee said Scott’s arrest “speaks to a larger issue with the Mets -- and this extends beyond the Cohen ownership tenure -- about the cultural toxicity that has existed within the Mets organization." It is something that Cohen "needs to address through changing the culture there and making sure that people feel comfortable working there.” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said Cohen communicating via Twitter is “part of the problem.” Shelburne: “We shouldn't even be talking about ownership. The best organizations, you don't even know who the owners are. ... The people running this organization just cannot get out of their own way. They become the story all the time.” The Undefeated’s Justin Tinsley said the Mets "need a clean sweep" (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 9/2). WFAN’s Jerry Recco said he "wouldn't be shocked if Steve Cohen walked in and wiped everyone out," but he also "wouldn’t be shocked if they gave Sandy Alderson another shot to hire a new GM" (“Boomer & Gio,” WFAN, 9/3).

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