Mets promote from within, fill Assistant GM position with forward-thinking executive
After the Jared Porter and Zack Scott fiascos (one was sexually harassed and the other was arrested for drunk driving), the New York Mets walked out of the organization to hire a new general manager. They found one at Billy Eppler’s.
The Mets love having an assistant GM: last year Scott held the job until he had to take over as GM after what happened to Porter. For the 2022 season, however, the team is promoting from within, unlike what happened with Eppler.
This week, Jon Heyman reported that the Mets have promoted Ben Zauzmer to assistant general manager. Zauzmer is considered to be an analytical genius who has a vast knowledge of how an organization should be run using a modern approach.
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The Mets snatched him from the Dodgers ahead of the 2021 campaign because he was the team director of analysis. He was one of the main characters behind the expansion of New York’s analytics department, which now numbers over 30 people according to MetsMerized Online.
By MMO, “Zauzmer’s impact was particularly felt on defense, where the team changed more than they had ever done before. They were tied with Zauzmer’s former team, the Dodgers, in terms of frequency of change. This has paid off in improving the team’s defensive runs which has saved numbers. The defensive changes also helped some of the Mets’ top pitchers achieve better ERAs than their FIP might have indicated. Individual players like Brandon Nimmo took advantage of Zauzmer’s contribution, who reportedly advised him to play deeper in the middle of the pitch. He had his best defensive season in this role to date.
A 2015 Harvard graduate, Zauzmer is said to have fallen in love with baseball thanks to the Moneyball audiobook. Promoting Zauzmer to assistant managing director is a step in the right direction, as the Mets are careful not to get left behind in the race for modernization and innovation.