Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first.
Toxic culture still reigns
After Porter left in disgrace, the Mets (presumably) carried out even more extensive due diligence before appointing the next GM, albeit as “acting general manager.” I don’t like the phrase “acting”, it feels like he’s playing at being the general manager.
Anyway, Zack Scott assumed the role, but he is now on administrative leave after his arrest on a charge of driving while intoxicated. He failed a roadside sobriety test at 4:00 am and refused to take a breathalyser or blood test. A cynic might suggest that a rich lawyer will find a loophole to prevent the charges from sticking.
In December, Tim Britton’s article titled “Relentless. Ruthless. Genius. The many sides of Steve Cohen” featured the claim that “The one thing I’ve noticed with him is he hires really good people.” Proof and pudding spring to mind.
Obviously, staff issues pre-date Cohen’s arrival. It’s amazing that it was only last year that Carlos Beltran was fired as manager of the Mets before taking charge of his first game. Perhaps the most shocking ex-Mets manager situation surrounded Mickey Callaway.
In February, The Athletic broke the story of Callaway sending and soliciting lewd photos and making inappropriate comments toward female reporters. You know you have a problem whenever one of your employees is nicknamed “Dick Pic Mick”.
And there was Joe Devito, executive producer for content and marketing, who quit just before Opening Day (and coincidentally after sexual harassment incidents were reported to the Mets legal team). One of his unsolicited texts read, “At least I am not as creepy as Mickey. #goals.”
The list goes on. DeVito’s boss, David Newman, who still wields power, has a litany of misogynistic and bullying accusations levelled at him but still has the backing of team president (and acting, acting GM) Sandy Alderson.
I realise I have missed off others, including hitting performance coordinator Ryan Ellis who was dismissed in January over lewd comments, but the article has a limited word count.
Alderson, who hired Porter and Scott and Callaway and Newman, sounded every one of his 73 years when he complained to The Athletic, “Let me try to make a point as strongly as I can, OK? Not every instance involving men, women in the workplace is a capital offense, OK? Every time something happens, it doesn’t mean somebody has to be fired.”
Cohen hasn’t wielded a new broom, just an old manky one.