A’s bring back longtime executive Sandy Alderson

Sandy Alderson broke into MLB as an executive for the Oakland Athletics in 1981. More than 20 years after leaving the team in 1998, he’s returning.

The A’s officially announced on Tuesday that they’ve hired Alderson as the Senior Advisor to Baseball Operations.

“I think it’s going to be terrific,” Alderson said, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s not so much about the place as the people – not just the familiarity, but the friendships.”

Alderson was Oakland’s general manager when it last won its last World Series and American League pennants (1988-1990). Since 1990, the A’s have not returned to the World Series. Alderson also served as a mentor for Billy Beane when the latter was hired to replace him as general manager in October, 1997.

Alderson remained in Oakland for another year. When he left, Alderson worked in MLB’s front office from 1998-2005. He then served as CEO of the San Diego Padres from 2005-2009, and as general manager of the New York Mets from 2010-2018. While with the Mets, Alderson returned to the World Series in 2015, losing to the Kansas City Royals.

Alderson stepped down as New York’s GM in June when it was revealed that cancer had returned. He’s subsequently said that he’s cancer free.