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Sandy Alderson, ‘Baseball Maverick’?

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By Lloyd Carroll

San Francisco scribe Steve Kettmann has written a Sandy Alderson biography titled Baseball Maverick (Grove Atlantic). The subtitle listed on the front jacket is “How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets” so you know that Kettmann’s tome is basically sycophantic. I can’t see how someone can say that Alderson has performed miracles when the team still has not had a winning season during his stewardship.

The book itself is a serviceable recap of the last four years at Citi Field. Kettmann though acts more like Alderson’s flak than he does as an impartial journalist. He praises Alderson for not re-signing shortstop Jose Reyes in 2011 (who signed a six-year, $106 millon deal with the Toronto Blue Jays) because of concerns about his legs and his durability. Kettmann confirms that the Mets never made a formal offer but claims that Alderson was willing to sign him to a long-term deal in the neighborhood of $100 million. As Jon Lovitz’s Tommy Flanagan (aka “The Liar”) character used to say on Saturday Night Live in the ‘90s, “Yeah, that’s the ticket!”

Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets is available for $26 and also as an eBook.

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