New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer, and will miss the winter meetings while undergoing chemotherapy.
“As you know, Sandy went in for a medical procedure three weeks ago,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said Friday in a statement. “Surgery was performed at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York and as a result of that procedure, the doctors confirmed that Sandy has cancer. The doctors believe and have told Sandy that the cancer is very treatable and are optimistic about a full recovery.”
The team said that Alderson will begin 8-12 weeks of chemotherapy, but will continue his GM duties during the treatment.
“Of course, there will be days he may not be in the office,” Wilpon added. “In the meantime, Sandy’s team and I will be coordinating closely with him and keeping him up to date on all baseball matters. We wish him and his family the very best and look forward to this getting behind him.”
Alderson, who served in Vietnam as a Marine, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1976 and become the Oakland A’s general counsel in 1981. In 1983, he was named the team’s general manager, and built the roster that won three American League pennants and the 1989 World Series.
He started the sabermetric revolution in Oakland’s front office that was carried forward by his protege, Billy Beane. Beane replaced Alderson when he moved to the commissioner’s office in 1998, working as the executive vice president for baseball operations until 2005.
He helped the Padres to two division titles as the team’s CEO from 2005-2009, then joined the Mets as GM after the 2010 season. This year, they reached their first World Series since 2000.