Sandy Alderson

Sandy Alderson

Richard Lynn "Sandy" Alderson is the general manager of the New York Mets. He previously served as an executive with the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and the commissioner's office of Major League Baseball.

Sandy Alderson left a private law practice in 1981 to become the Oakland A's General Counsel. He then served as Oakland's General Manager from 1983-97, helping form the great A's teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Known as a pioneer in using statistical analysis of players, his methods were further developed by Billy Beane. Alderson worked for Major League Baseball before becoming CEO of the San Diego Padres.


The son of an Air Force pilot who flew missions during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, Alderson attended Dartmouth College on a NROTC scholarship and graduated in 1969. He then joined the United States Marine Corps and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1976. After law school, he worked for Farella Braun & Martel in San Francisco, California.
Oakland Athletics

Roy Eisenhardt, one of the firm's partners, left to become president of the Oakland Athletics when his father-in-law bought the team. In 1981, Alderson joined Eisenhardt to became the Athletics general counsel and in 1983 was named the team's general manager, a position he held through 1997. Under Alderson, the Athletics' minor league system was rebuilt, which bore fruit later that decade as José Canseco (1986), Mark McGwire (1987), and Walt Weiss (1988) were chosen as American League Rookies of the Year. The Athletics won four division titles, three pennants and the 1989 World Series during Alderson's tenure. In 1995, team owner Walter A. Haas, Jr. died and new owners Stephen Schott and Ken Hofmann ordered Alderson to slash payroll. As a result, Alderson began focusing on sabermetric principles toward obtaining relatively undervalued players. He was a mentor to his eventual successor, Billy Beane.

Major League Baseball

Alderson left the Athletics to work for Major League Baseball's commissioner’s office, where he was executive vice president for baseball operations between September 1998 and 2005.

San Diego Padres

Alderson was employed as CEO of the San Diego Padres from 2005 to 2009, with the team winning back to back division titles in 2005 and 2006. He lectured at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business.

In 2010, Alderson had been working as commissioner Bud Selig’s point man to address the issues of the corruption of baseball in the Dominican Republic, the largest supplier of Major League Baseball talent outside the United States.

New York Mets

Alderson was hired by the New York Mets after the 2010 baseball season to replace Omar Minaya as general manager. He was officially introduced as the general manager of the team on October 29, 2010, signing a four year deal with a club option for 2015.

Alderson also serves as chairman of Major League Baseball's Playing Rules Committee.



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