The New York Mets fired Omar Minaya as their general manager nearly one year ago today. Newsday's Ken Davidoff sat down with the man who replaced him as the club's general manager, Sandy Alderson.
The two talked about the 2011 season, future of the Mets, Citi Field, and more. Here are the highlights from the interview; you can read the full interview here.
Newsday: So what's next? What do you see in Year 2?
Newsday: You took this job knowing of the Wilpons' legal and financial problems stemming from their involvement with Bernard Madoff, and arguably, things have grown only more complex in that area since you took the job. How challenging have you found that component to be?
Sandy Alderson: What we need to do is continue to make good decisions in the best interests of the team long-term while recognizing the interests of fans, which incorporates more of the short term. For sure, we expect to have a better record than wherever we land this year.
Sandy Alderson: I haven't found it to be the obstacle that most believe it to be. It doesn't necessarily limit our ability to spend money. Whether our payroll is at $120 million next year or $110 million, it's not because of anything Madoff-related. It's because we need to get a better balance between the revenues we generate and the expenses we incur.
The Wilpons have the resources necessary to operate the team. The deals that we've made for players [Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran], those trades had to do with positioning ourselves for next year.
Newsday: You mentioned how tough it is to hit home runs at Citi Field. Would you like to change the dimensions to make it more hitter-friendly?
Sandy Alderson: You can function here successfully, but the question to ask is, with different dimensions, would it be more fun to watch a game here? Could it be more neutral? The answer is definitely yes. We'll take a look at it. As [Mets pitching coach] Dan Warthen has said, a park like this is not even in the best interest of the pitchers. You can develop a habit or a tendency that can impact you on the road at parks that aren't forgiving to pitchers. I think playing all of your games here has an impact on hitters. It's different if you're on the visiting team and just come in for three games.