I knew New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson about 30 years ago. He was new in baseball, acting as the general counsel for the Oakland Athletics. He was a classy guy. Very nice, very engaging. Very friendly to a young kid who was doing some day of game work for MLB Productions.
The guy who ripped Giants fans and one of the fine young hitters in baseball, Pablo Sandoval, is a different guy. Alderson showed absolutely no class with his Twitter comments. He came across as petty and arrogant.
ASG election of "Kung Fu Panda" shows the value of a cute nickname. Surprised Giants fans didn't elect a "ball dude" to start at 3B.— Sandy Alderson (@MetsGM) July 3, 2012
Of course Wright deserves to start ahead of Sandoval at third base for the National League.
But did Alderson forget about the 2009 election, when Sandoval clearly deserved to be voted in over Wright? That time the vote went the other way. I'm sure he wasn't complaining then.
Alderson shouldn't take it out on the Giants or their fans for voting for their most beloved young player. He has two groups to blame, and they're both very close to home.
The first group is MLB for allowing a flawed process to exist. You're allowed to vote 25 times per email address. Now if you want to take the time to create 1,000 gmail accounts, you can vote 25,000 times.
And quite frankly, based on my experience with the poor technology at MLB, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the process could have been compromised. After all, the Bay Area is host to the world's technology center, Silicon Valley.
Leave it to some tech savvy Giants fan to hack into the MLB servers or create a code that circumvents the balloting.
The fact that Freddie Sanchez was fourth in ballots at second base, despite not playing for over a year, and that Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt were second at shortstop and first base respectively, tells me something is not right.
The second group Alderson should blame is the New York Mets fans for letting this happen. Alderson said it himself when he tweeted:
Wright vs.Sandoval: A city of 8 million was outvoted by a city of 800,000.— Sandy Alderson (@MetsGM) July 2, 2012
And he's absolutely right. This would have never happened to a Yankee.
I guess the Mets have been losing so long that their fans forgot what to do when they win.
Stop whining Sandy and stop blaming the Giants and the fans for getting their player voted in.
The culprits all reside right there in New York.