Sandy Alderson takeaways from Wednesday's media availability, including his disappointment in Mets' underperformance

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Sandy Alderson at news conference
Sandy Alderson at news conference

Mets president Sandy Alderson met with the media on Wednesday to discuss his feelings on the season, Luis Rojas' and Zack Scott's job statuses, and more.

Here are the takeaways...

On his overall disappointment this season

"Obviously disappointing, didn’t make the playoffs, we’re not over .500. On the other hand, I think there were some high points. We were in first place for 100 days. I understand the division wasn’t as strong as some others, but there was some exciting baseball that was played during that period of time, and our reliance on our bench and so forth I think was interesting and exciting to our fans. Obviously that period of time didn’t extend beyond late July and we haven’t played well really since the all star break. Probably a lot of reasons for that. … The last two months of the season have been disappointing.”

Alderson pointed at some injuries throughout the season that contributed to the brutal second half.

"We weren’t able to overcome them. That’s responsibility of the front office and myself and so forth to make every effort to try to overcome those. Certain amount of underperformance, under-expectation. Players are not robots. Their seasons ebb and flow from year to year, from month to month, so you can’t expect that everyone’s gonna have a career year, or an average year. But that certainly was a factor as well. Ultimately, we ran out of depth. We saw that in the starting pitching area – we ended up having to pitch a lot of waiver claims from time to time, actually quite often, for a period of time. We didn’t hit well, that’s part of our underperformance. I think there were a lot of factors but when you boil it all down, we didn’t get there.”

On the Luis Rojas', Zack Scott's, and the coaching staff's job statuses

Alderson said a decision will be made on Rojas and the rest of the coaching staff after the season, but he will most likely be making the decision, rather than waiting for the new head of baseball operations. He said he is happy that there is a bond between Rojas and the clubhouse, but that isn't the only factor in Rojas' future.

“I’m big on process. But ultimately, results matter, and if you don’t have good results over a period of time, process may not survive. I’m appreciative of all those positives that have been mentioned over the course of the year… but ultimately, we have to be governed to some extent, not just by the process, and by what goes into results, but the results themselves. As we approach end of season, we have to be realistic about what the results have been.”

Considering the offense took a big step back, Alderson said he will also talk to players about how they felt the in-season hitting coach change affected them.

As for Zack Scott, who is on administrative leave after a DWI arrest, his job status will be determined after his legal process is complete, Alderson said, while adding that it could ultimately be a decision that's made by the next head of baseball operations.

“Anybody’s tenure with the Mets will be subject to the decision of the new head of baseball operations. That doesn’t mean there won’t be an interim decision between the time that one is appropriate or necessary and somewhat longer term when the head of baseball comes in. I can see a situation where an interim decision is made, and if there’s ultimately a decision to be made by the head of baseball ops, he or she would be able to do that.”

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mets sandy alderson news conference mlb trade deadline

On the Mets not getting to the 85 percent vaccination threshold

Alderson said he was "disappointed" that the team did not reach the threshold that would have lifted many COVID-19 restrictions, as he feels it's the "right thing to do," but credited his players for taking protocols seriously.

"Interestingly, not withstanding, the fact that we didn’t get there, we really have had very little COVID impact on our team. And I think that’s a testimony not to the level of vaccination but the level of attention our players and staff paid because we weren’t fully vaccinated. As an organization, you’re probably aware that we are basically an all-vaccination organization to the extent we can be. So every employee in these offices…they have to be vaccinated."

Alderson added that the organization did "everything [they] could" to make sure all employees were in a safe environment from the virus.

On operating the offseason with an upcoming CBA deadline

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire on Dec. 2, which could affect how all teams go about their business this offseason. Alderson seemed to hint that he'll be operating based off the next CBA, but did say he'll work before the new one is in place.

"Will there be a DH in the National League? That’s an issue that if it’s not resolved until the beginning of spring training, it puts a little bit of a crimp in what National League teams are able to do. Who knows where the competitive balance tax threshold will be. There are a variety of different impacts from roster composition to financial commitments that do create a few uncertainties, but I will tell you that as an organization, we are not planning short term. We are planning long term. So there is no question that the uncertainty surrounding that agreement will have an impact. But a lot of what we’re doing…has a longer term view. Specific player issues may be impacted, certainly. Depending on what happens on Dec. 2, there could be a freeze on all player transactions for who knows how long. It’s hard to predict exactly what impact it will have, but it’s definitely a looming issue."