Through Sandy Alderson, the general manager of the New York Mets, a veteran bestselling sportswriter chronicles a thirty-year revolution in baseball and the painful rebirth of a franchise
How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-8021-1998-8 • $26.00 • Cloth • Apr. 2015
A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Sports Book for Spring
In 2010, the New York Mets were in trouble. One of baseball’s most valuable franchises, they had recently suffered an embarrassing end-of-the-year collapse and two bitter losing seasons. Their general manager had made costly player personnel mistakes. And to top it off, their principle owners, two major Bernie Madoff investors, were embroiled in the fallout from the largest financial scam in American history.
To whom did they turn? Sandy Alderson, a former marine who served in Vietnam and graduated from Harvard Law. Alderson started in baseball with the Oakland A’s in 1981. Two years later, he was running the team. With the A’s, Alderson led a revolution in the sport. The A’s partnered with Apple to introduce the first computers into baseball, pioneered using statistical analysis, attracted bright people, built a quality organization, and became a powerhouse, winning the 1989 World Series. When new owners slashed payroll in the 1990s, Alderson’s under-the-radar creativity and intelligent management were thrust into the spotlight.
Now, Alderson is in the midst of turning around another embattled franchise, with many expecting the Mets to be in the playoff hunt in 2015, led by a stellar pitching staff full of young guns. Granted unprecedented access to a working GM over several seasons, bestselling author Steve Kettmann follows Alderson’s renewal of the Mets despite a limited budget, from big trades that brought back high-profile prospects to the development of young aces including Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler, and Jacob de Grom. Baseball Maverick is a gripping, behind-the-scenes look at a Major League team and a fascinating exploration of what it means to be smart.