Takeaways from Mets' Sandy Alderson's news conference, including how he and Mets will alter the vetting process going forward

Ryan Morik
·4 min read
Sandy Alderson treated front and side shot with orange and blue
Sandy Alderson treated front and side shot with orange and blue

Roughly eight hours after a story regarding Jared Porter sending many unanswered text messages and inappropriate photos to a reporter in 2016 was published, he was terminated from his position as the Mets' general manager.

Team president Sandy Alderson spoke to reporters regarding the situation on Tuesday afternoon, calling the behavior a "significant issue" that is "not tolerated."

Here are some takeaways from Alderson's news conference:

Where they go from here/how it impacts the future

Alderson mentioned that the Mets will not hire a new general manager in the near future, saying he is "very confident" in his current baseball operations team. Alderson noted that his involvement will increase due to the circumstances.

He also mentioned how a similar situation with a player could affect the organization.

"We have to be mindful of the same standards with respect to payers as we have for employees," Alderson said. "That doesn't mean that any one thing will disqualify someone, but we have to be mindful of those same situations."

How no women were consulted in Porter's hire

Alderson said that in consulting with people regarding the potential hire of Porter, he did not speak to any women.

"That's one of the unfortunate circumstances that exists in the game today," Alderson said. "There aren't women in those positions where one can have a conversation and develop information or check references...

"That's a reflection of the demographics in the game today in front offices. So I think that says something very loudly. On the other hand, I don't believe that any of the people who were references could have predicted this from their professional relationship with Jared. It's very hard for me to indict either an industry beyond what I just said beyond a lack of women or the individuals we talk to who I think are outstanding, reliable, and not sure that they should have any more insight to this than we did."

How it impacts Mets employees

Alderson said there was a 400-person Zoom call with Mets employees prior to the news conference, and there was "appreciation for what the decision represented" among the front office.

"When I came here, my goal was to put a good team on the field, and change the culture. And we're not gonna be able to do that - change the culture - unless we have very strict and well understood approach to these kinds of situations. They're not gonna be tolerated."

How they alter the vetting process going forward

"In terms of hiring, there is always a risk associated with hiring... It's hard to know anyone inside and out today. From our standpoint, there was no disclosure of this conduct. I don't think we would have hired Jared if we had known about the conduct beforehand - in fact, I know we wouldn't have. And the question is should we have known? And we did a background check, we asked a question 'Is there anything else we need to know?' It wasn't pointed about social media or something of that sort, but given the length of time that's transpired between the series of incidents and now, I'm confident that this is not something that we should have known about, should have found out about, and had used other means to inquire in that we would have known about it. To my knowledge, none of the other organizations to which Jared was employed knew about this, either...

"We did a routine background check. We didn't do an FBI-equivalent investigation. Are those the kinds of things that we might have to consider in the future? Perhaps. But when you're hiring, and of course, general managers, it's different, but we've been hiring a dozen or so individuals over the last month or so. That risk exists with every employee that's hired."

Alderson also called this situation a "wake-up call" and a process "that ended up poorly."

What he says to women in sports

"Don't be discouraged. I think that the incident itself is discouraging. I think the response to it by the Mets' organization should be encouraging."