Originally posted on New York Mets Report  |  Last updated 9/25/13
Why is this even a question for the New York Mets? ALDERSON: Stupid to suggest he would tank. Yes, the issue of the protected pick surfaced last season when the Mets were considering signing Michael Bourn as a free agent. Major League Baseball wrongly ruled in that case. However, this time, the issue of draft-pick compensation surfaced in relation to the team winning or losing on the field prior to the playing of a game. There’s a huge difference, which some writers and/or bloggers are clearly ignorant. It was ridiculously posted on one website – which has close ties to the Mets – that the author wrote Alderson would rather have the Mets lose to be in better draft position. This writer has been known to waffle and I question the validity of his “insiders.’’ Personally, I have forgotten more baseball than he could hope to know. After today’s 1-0 victory at Cincinnati, Alderson said the pick be damned. “We’re trying to build the credibility of the franchise and that goes beyond where we’re picking in the draft,’’ Alderson said. Good for him. I don’t always agree with Alderson, but I do here one-hundred percent. There’s not a doubt in my mind. Personally, if any blogger or writer suggested Alderson wanted to lose, that’s way out of bounds. It’s libelous because it attacks Alderson’s credibility not only as a general manager, but also as a man. No major league baseball employee – either player, coach, manager or executive – wants his team to lose. It is extremely distasteful to even consider. It is why Pete Rose, the all-time hit leader, was banned for life. No, Rose didn’t flat out bet on his Reds to lose, but not betting on him has close to the same result. Alderson would lose his credibility if he admitted he wanted to Mets to lose to gain a better pick. If I owned the team I would fire him on the spot if he had. Even if Alderson thought that way he’d be stupid to admit so. This entire compensation issue is ridiculous for Major League Baseball to even have because it creates the issue of “tanking.’’ And, draft pick positioning based on anything other than pure won-loss records is shameful and nothing more than a gimmick. In that regard, the National Football League has it right, while the National Basketball Association forever has it wrong. But, less we forget, that’s David Stern’s league and he’s had it wrong for a long time with a lot of issues. The draft lottery is nothing more than a cheap gimmick that leads to the appearances of teams tanking and a fixed draft. It has been that way since the Patrick Ewing draft. Then again, Stern’s league has had a referee found guilty of fixing games. Your comments are greatly appreciated and I will attempt to respond. Follow me on Twitter @jdelcos    
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