Mets GM Sandy Alderson Shares Advice, Career Highlights, and His Formula for Winning [View the video!]
Posted October 20, 2011
New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson had some career advice for Sport Management majors when he visited the University on October 20. In order to break into the ultra-competitive sports industry, “get your foot in the door. That can happen in a variety of ways. It might be an internship or a low level job with a sports franchise,” he said. “Also, differentiate yourself from the rest of the crowd.”
Alderson’s talk, part of the School of Business' Center for International Sport Business speaker series “For the Love of the Games,” was underwritten by a grant from the Alumni Association. He fielded questions from students on a wide range of topics, discussing his career and what it takes to build a winning team. View the video.
“The thing about sports—it’s like any business,” he told the audience (pictured below). “You can’t guarantee anything, but you can try to enhance your chances—improve the probabilities. That’s really what we try to do in our approach.”
In 1981 Alderson was the general counsel for the Oakland and subsequently became the club’s general manager and president. He led the A’s to three consecutive World Series appearances (1988-90), winning a championship in 1989.
From 1998 to 2005, Alderson served as Major League Baseball (MLB) executive vice president for baseball operations, and from 2005 to 2009 he was CEO of the San Diego Padres, where he engineered back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time in franchise history.
Prior to assuming his current post in 2010, Alderson was MLB’s point person in Santo Domingo, overseeing allegations of doping, and age and identity fraud involving players from the Dominican Republic. Alderson was the series' tenth speaker since its inception in 2007.
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