Friday, November 5, 2010

Alderson May Let Strat-O-Matic Tournament Decide Next Mets Manager

The Apple has learned that new Mets general manager Sandy Alderson plans to add a unique task to the managerial interview process. Long an advocate of probabilities, Alderson has decided that phase 2 of his interview process will be to have each prospective manager participate in a Strat-O-Matic Baseball tournament.

Alderson explained to our reporter, "I know these manager candidates all are going to want the job so badly that they'll say just about anything - you know, blow smoke up my you-know-where." He continued, "They'll all want me to believe that they share my philosophy in how to run a team. Well, it's the offseason now and I have to know how these guys will really utilize their players. So we'll assign them each a team and we'll all have at it."

Asked whether he, Alderson, would be playing, he replied, "Sure absolutely. Frankly I can't decide whether to manage my '88 A's team which won 104 games or the '90 team that won 103. I guess it doesn't matter. I'll let Backman run the '86 Mets and we'll decide about the other guys after round 1 of the interviews. Ricciardi wants to play too but I doubt he can find even one of his Blue Jays teams that'll be able to compete."

Alderson is also going to have members of the local press corps come into the game room after each game is played. Their job will be to riddle the candidates with questions about any questionable strategies that they used. The GM hopes to find out which manager-in-waiting can handle the rigors of the NY beat writers and the constant threat of Adam Rubin coming after their job.

The logical question we posed was whether the tournament winner automatically gets the Mets manager job?

"Not necessarily", said Alderson. "If it looks like the winner got there due to 'hot dice' we would not feel obligated to award him the job. But if he has managed with careful thought and maximized his 'probabilities' then he may just be our guy."

All articles featured on The Apple are fictitious. No Mets were harmed in the writing of this story. Today's story by Larry Smith.  You can follow Larry Smith on twitter @dr4sight

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