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Steve Cohen’s next Mets move to fix stale franchise should be clear

Steve Cohen continues to be very a lot an open e-book as a baseball proprietor. He has honored each ounce of his declaration that he’s as huge a Mets fan as anybody you understand, nonetheless at coronary heart a Long Island child sitting within the low-cost seats on the Polo Grounds — and that has manifested itself each positively and negatively, totally on Twitter.

However you’re feeling about Francisco Lindor, the $341 million Cohen shelled out to make Lindor a Met for the remainder of his career is precisely the form of financial splash he promised from the beginning. And if one of many loudest beefs concerning the prior possession was that they didn’t appear to care as a lot as followers would’ve favored … yeah. That’s not a problem anymore.

If issues haven’t precisely gone easily in his maiden voyage, it’s completely honest to grant him a mulligan. You should be allowed that a lot in your $2.4 billion.

So what occurs now? Cohen’s personal phrases at his introductory press convention again in November ought to supply a couple of clues. Start with this one: “I’m not crazy about people learning on my dime.”

That was all the time going to be the issue for Luis Rojas, the supervisor who was employed below a unique regime however retained below this one. Rojas has the makings of a superb major-league supervisor in him however he isn’t there but, and that’s manifested itself the previous few weeks in a rising pile of strategic blunders.

Sandy Alderson and Steve Cohen throughout Mets spring coaching.
Corey Sipkin

It is clear why Rojas is a well-liked organizational determine. In some ways he’s the right minor-league supervisor. Skippers within the bushes are charged with many duties: growing gamers; defending them; educating them fundamentals; education them how to be skilled; educating them on the sport’s every day grind.

The one factor a minor-league supervisor isn’t required to do? Win. That’s the largest distinction. A minor league supervisor by no means — ever — locations profitable above his different important duties. Which means the one skillset lacking when a supervisor makes the leap is the one one for which he’ll be judged: the underside line. Did you win in the present day, or not? It explains Rojas’ maddening lack of urgency because the season has spiraled uncontrolled.

There was one thing else Cohen had to say again in November.

“I am not trying to make money here,” he stated. “Here, it’s about building something great, building something for the fans, winning.”

If that’s true, then Cohen has to commit himself, in any respect prices, to bringing a brand new voice to the group and phasing out Sandy Alderson, permitting him the victory-lap as group president he was supposed to have from the soar. The Mets aren’t only a dangerous baseball group proper now — though make no mistake they’re VERY dangerous; since July 26 they’ve performed 27 video games towards the Braves, Reds, Phillies, Giants, Dodgers and Cardinals, their alleged contemporaries as NL contenders, and lost 22 of them. 

No. They are additionally stale. They really feel lots like groups of latest classic — most of them put collectively by Sandy Alderson. And that’s not even citing the truth that Alderson’s three most up-to-date impression hires — Mickey Callaway, Jared Porter, Zack Scott — was abject off-the-field fiascos.

Cohen has to be unambiguous and unsentimental about this: the brand new boss, whoever that boss is, will BE the boss. There will be no shared authority. There will be no collaboration. Alderson could have his fiefdom on the business facet of issues — a golden parachute for lengthy and meritorious service — however he could have no say on the baseball finish.

That will robotically deal with sure issues — Rojas, as an example, for the reason that New Boss would virtually actually need his personal man within the dugout. And change is what the Mets want, most of all, what they crave. They want a brand new means as a result of the previous means merely doesn’t work.

Cohen has a repute for saying what’s on his thoughts in his different business, too. None of it reached the Twitter silliness of Thursday when he tried to publicly out a supply The Post quoted in a narrative — a narrative, irony of ironies, wherein that very supply talked about how damaging Cohen’s Twitter use would possibly be towards attracting top-drawer candidates.

Luis Rojas on Sept. 13, 2021
Corey Sipkin

“The difference,” a long-time Cohen observer informed me, “is his offbeat behavior with the hedge fund also came with an unspoken command: fix what needs to be fixed, get [stuff] heading in the right direction. Or else.”

The Mets are Cohen’s very costly passion. He nonetheless appears to be having a blast. Good. He paid sufficient for the privilege. But you understand one of the best ways to greatest take pleasure in this dear toy? Hire good individuals, allow them to do good work, after which tweet to your coronary heart’s content material as they put collectively a string of 94-win seasons. That has to be precedence one for Steve Cohen for 2022, now that 2021 is about to be cast off to the ages.