Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 1/23/13
Most of us hope that somewhere in Sandy Alderson’s intellect there resides, like the temple of Apollo, a splendid orange and blue architecture detailing the resurrection of our franchise. Many of us believe this vision has something to do with numbers and graphs and newfangled statistics like Z-swing% and wOBA, but what if it isn’t that at all? What if it’s something entirely different? For all his connections to ideology, Sandy Alderson appears above all to be a pragmatist, which is odd in a business where an entire season can hinge on a bad bounce or an awkward twist of a knee. Baseball is a game of hard chances and calculated risks, a patchwork guesswork of cheated inches and hanging breaking-balls where even your best-laid plans go astray three out of four times (if you’re good). It is not a game for the timid, it is a game where taking chances is rewarded and success is often the result of wild and unpredictable swings in fortune. Our current GM does not seem to fit the wheelin...
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