Billy Eppler has had tough jobs before.
He worked in New York, as assistant general manager of the Yankees. While the GM was in Anaheim, he worked for an owner who is generally considered extreme – to use a polite expression – challenge, in Angels’ Arte Moreno.
But, as one of his colleagues said Wednesday, “Every job in baseball has its own intricacies.”
And the job that Eppler will take on today – he will be introduced as the general manager of Mets today at 12:30pm – there is an organizational context that could make this position high risk but high reward – or not at all. Owner Steve Cohen has more money than any of his colleagues – and also more tweets. Club president Sandy Alderson has had a long and famous baseball career but, since returning to the Mets in September 2020, has had the worst year of his career: One of the people One of his hires was banned from the sport for sexual harassment, and the other was arrested for DWI. Recently, after a flurry of potential candidates turned down invitations or even interviews, Alderson made headlines by saying that The location of the job in New York seems to have reduced interest in the position.
Even in the best of conditions, the job won’t be easy: the Mets were a big disappointment last season, losing 37 of their last 58 games. There are very large holes in the forward movement rotation, especially there is no specific information on the number of ace Jacob deGrom could contribute in 2022. And the Mets are pursuing Atlanta Braves, who won four consecutive division championships and, last month, World Series.
So before Eppler rolled up his sleeves, six of his office colleagues — all but one of whom had worked in New York during their careers — gave the general manager anonymous advice. Mets new director:
https://www.espn.com/mlb/insider/story/_/id/32660593/mlb-execs-evaluators-share-advice-new-new-york-mets-gm-billy-eppler MLB execs, reviewers share tips for new New York Mets GM Billy Eppler