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Alderson Confident That Madoff Drama Won't Impact His Plan For Mets
Published February 1, 2011
A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE: The N.Y. POST's Martin notes financial "uncertainty could have a bearing on how agents treat the Mets in future negotiations." One MLB player agent said, "If they do have a money-crunch, how is that going to impact what they do? Do you have as good a chance to win there as you do somewhere else?" (N.Y. POST, 2/1). In Newark, Andy McCullough writes, "The Mets are rebuilding right now. That much is obvious. So, for Alderson, the reduction of payroll does not signal a move backward. It signals progress" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 2/1). On Long Island, Anthony Rieber writes this situation is "one of the reasons the Mets hired Alderson -- to be the public face of the franchise when bad things happen." Rieber: "Listen to Alderson and you hear honesty. Integrity. Competence. Confidence. He could have ducked the questions or hid behind the phrase 'it's a legal matter' or flat-out lied. It's just not in his makeup" (NEWSDAY, 2/1). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Brian Costa writes Alderson "did exactly what the Mets needed him to do, projecting a sense of calm and confidence amid the appearance of a dire situation" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/1).