Sandy Alderson isn't a stranger to a baseball front office, especially to the A's. And after a 21-year absence from the club, the team announced on Tuesday they have hired him as the Senior Advisor to Baseball Operations.
“I am thrilled to welcome Sandy as a Senior Advisor to Baseball Operations,” said Billy Beane, A’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations in a press release. “His mentorship and friendship have been invaluable to me over the course of my career, and I look forward to the expertise and perspective he will add at every level of the organization. David and I couldn’t be more excited to bring him back to Oakland.”
Beane's relationship with Alderson is a special one. Alderson was a mentor to Beane back in the 1990s, who eventually became his successor.
Alderson was the A's general manager from 1983-1997, and oversaw the teams that went to three consecutive World Series from 1988-1990. He was once part of a special trio in the A's front office that consisted of current famous executives Walt Jocketty and Andy Dolich.
The trio brought life back into a front office that was missing the days of Reggie Jackson and the dynasty teams of the 1970s.
“I am really excited to return to the A’s and the Bay Area,” Alderson added to the release. “I look forward to being as helpful as I can to Billy, David, and the rest of the Baseball Operations staff.”
Alderson boasts an impressive résumé with time in the MLB commissioner's office, CEO of the San Diego Padres and, most recently, the general manager of the New York Mets.
During his time with the Mets, he was part of bringing on and developing, pitchers Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz.
Alderson was named as Baseball America's Executive of the Year Award in 2015, when the Mets lost to the Royals in the World Series.