New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been diagnosed with caner according to media reports.
The team made the announcement on Friday afternoon. Team owner Jeff Wilpon released a statement on the GM’s health, saying that doctors had discovered the cancer during a medical procedure Anderson underwent several weeks ago.
Here’s everything you need to you know:
1. Alderson Will Undergo 8-to-12 Weeks of Chemotheraphy
In addition to announcing that Alderosn had been diagnosed with cancer on Friday, the Mets added that the general manager is battling a treatable form of the disease. The 68-year-old is also slated to undergo eight to 12 weeks of chemotheraphy. The team did not say when treatment would begin.
However, Alderson will miss next week’s Winter Meetings.
2. He Will Continue His Duties as the Mets GM
Despite the diagnosis, the team said that Alderson will continue with his duties as the team’s general manager. That, does not mean, however, that he will attend the league’s Winter Meetings.
The news comes just a day after an ESPN report highlighted everything the reigning National League champs hoped to accomplish in Nashville. That list included a focus on bringing in Ben Zobrist and re-signing home run hitting machine Daniel Murphy.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Zobrist deal might actually not be too far off:
3. He Had Also Skipped GM Meetings Last Month
Alderson also missed the league’s general managers’ meetings in November after he reportedly underwent a medical procedure in New York.
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said that the procedure had been originally scheduled for after the season, but had been pushed back following the team’s run to the World Series. Ricco would not comment on the specifics of the procedure at the time.
According to the statement released by team owner Jeff Wilpon, however, it was that procedure, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, that led doctors to the discovery of Alderson’s cancer.
4. Alderson Collapsed After a Press Conference at Citi Field
Things got a bit scary in November when Alderson collapsed following his year-end news conference at Cit Field. The GM had just officially announced that the team had signed a two-year extension for manager Terry Collins, as well as some end-of-the-season points, before meeting with reports tot he side of the podium.
According to reports, Alderson was speaking with media when, suddenly, he collapsed. He was down for about 30 seconds before being helped to a chair and jokingly asking, “OK, where were we?”
After walking out of the conference room on his own, Alderson was examined by both Mets training staff and stadium EMS. He eventually returned to his office and a team spokesperson said that he was “fine.”
5. He Has Been the Mets General Manager Since 2010
Alderson joined the New York Mets front office after the 2010 season, replacing Omar Minaya as general manager. His first major signing? Inking third baseman David Wright to a $138 million extension in 2012.
After several up-and-down seasons, Alderson’s decisions helped shape a team that made it to the World Series this fall and earned him Major League Executive of the Year honors.
Prior to joining the Mets, Alderosn had previously served as an executive with the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and the commissioner’s office of Major League Baseball.