He likes a manager with attitude, someone who "kicks ass and takes names".
The payroll is fixed at $110M, and this year there will be no "free agent shopping at Tiffany's".
He kept alluding to being able to do more things after 2011, when the payroll flexibility will be greater.
He does believe in speed, he says it's particularly important in a short series.
He feels the manager is not a minion of the GM, and though the manager should carry out the philosophy of the organization, he is free to use intuition, but "not all the time".
He realizes that there are "unpopular" Mets, but he can't decide what to do right now about them.
He does believe in relying, to a large degree, on stats.
Ok, well, first the manager. He said some decisions are made by him, some are recommendations. The manager will be a recommendation. That certainly leaves the door open for Wally (Alderson even says decisions made are tied to ticket sales, etc.). But somehow, I don't see it. Alderson has ties to Clint Hurdle. Mazzilli is also said to be a candidate. I'm ok with both. Chip Hale and Bob Melvin are also candidates, I'm not ok with either.
It's a sobering thought to hear Alderson take about 2011, and how the financial strings are tied. I commend the honesty, but knowing we're in for at least another year of mediocrity is a punch in the gut. Alderson talked about the team getting better simply by getting 800 more combined ABs for Beltran and Bay. Organic improvement-oh boy!
Let's face it, this is a mess. Alderson has a a lot of cleaning to do. He has the experience to do it, and the resume to prove he can do it. We may have to show some patience, but our ex-Marine, ex-Athletic boss is up for the challenge. All things considered, it feels like a new beginning.
One more thing-Alderson respects Omar, and word is that Omar is "waiting it out". My thoughts on Omar having any role in the organization- NOOOOOOOOOO