Moment in PSL: Sandy Alderson explains how watching camp is like watching the tide

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Sandy Alderson strides quietly through camp, always with a hat down low just above his eyes, which are always covered in sunglasses.

He slides through the gate, on to the field and up on the back of the cage. He’ll cross his arms, lean on his wrist and most likely talk with no one. Then, he’ll drift off, doing the same on another field…


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I was able to stop and talk with him a bit one recent afternoon, while he leaned on a sideline fence observing his outfielders take ground balls off an old-timer’s bat.

He told me, when he’s watching, he’s just trying to get a sense of where players are in their spring. He’s not studying, making calculations or judgements. Instead, he described it to me like watching the surf…


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It’s like when you go to the ocean, he told me, and you’re not yet sure if it’s high or low tide.

“You need a minute, just to watch and stare, and eventually you begin to get a sense of whether the tide is going in or out,” he explained.

His goal, when watching an outfielder come up with a throw, or a prospect throw a bullpen session, or a hitter taking batting practice, is to get a feel for where they are, good or bad, ahead or behind schedule, at that particular time in camp, so he can weigh it all against itself to determine if the team’s tide is coming in or going out.

14 comments
hashburry
hashburry

Was that Cerrone's attempt tp paint a picture with words in the opening paragraph?  Oy.  Did Alderson end up on top of the batting cage?


SAlderson speaks much, says nothing.

exileinla
exileinla

A falling tide lowers all boats...

Michael Hennessy
Michael Hennessy

Finals start tomorrow so when they do go on twitter and vote #DAVIDWRIGHT #FACEOFMLB

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

of course


because when I watch batting practice when I get to the games early, I associate it with water..


How about instead of walking around the field, let the coaches do it and figure out how to upgrade our SS position

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

So you don't think a GM should observe the players on the team.With statements like that you can't expect people to take you seriously.

Opti-Mets-tic
Opti-Mets-tic

@Victor Triguero  How about instead of pissing and moaning on every Metsblog post, let the brass do it's job, and figure out how to just enjoy your team.

Michael Sokolowski
Michael Sokolowski

@Opti-Mets-tic @Victor Triguero I wish I could like this comment 1,000 times. This is exactly the way I feel every time there is a Mets fan complaining about something...and as you all know, there is literally a Mets fan complaining about something every single post.  

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@Opti-Mets-tic @Victor Triguero  Oh I do enjoy my team...I am very excited that baseball is starting, and I get to do my annual opening day trip, and give my beloved team my money in food, parking and memorabilia that I buy regularly, so yeah, I think it is ok if I voice my frustration with our SS position and that he needs to spend some time upgrading there

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@Michael Sokolowski @Opti-Mets-tic @Victor Triguero  No one is complaining dude...it is making a point that we need a SS...bottom line...as fans we have every right to voice our frustration on a team that gives us every reason to....


Understand this...I am a die hard Mets fan...I probably go to more games, spend more money on memorabilia/collectibles and listen to more radio spots, TV spots and watch every single game for the last 30 years. More than you and the other poster combined probably..


When this team does right...I am the first to congratulate...but when they don't do right, or don't improve, am I supposed to be ok with it when I spend a lot of money (willingly) on my beloved franchise? this blog is to vent and to rejoice.....


We want this team to win....there is nothing wrong with venting about this teams lack of moves, or stupid comments...


I was the first to post about signing Granderson and Colon...super excited...also excited about our young pitchers...SS...we need a new one