Steve Cohen’s Twitter Should Help With Front Office Hires

The attack du jour of New York Mets owner Steve Cohen is his Twitter account will harm his ability to hire a quality president of baseball operations. It’s what the unnamed source told Mike Puma in his New York Post article, and it’s been a continued talking point.

The problem with the premise is it runs contrary to facts. While Cohen has occasionally scrutinized his players, his tweets have actually been supportive of the front office. A recent example is his tweet about the Javier Báez acquisition:

There was also his defense of the failure to sign Kumar Rocker. He’s also put the blame squarely on the players for the disappointing results. Essentially, he said the right players are here, but their results aren’t.

You’ll see tweaking of the fans and questioning of the players. What you won’t see is attacks of Sandy Alderson and the members of his front office. That was when the case with the firings after the organization or Zack Scott’s recent DUI.

With the way you see how Cohen operates his Twitter account, you may see a limiting of the unnamed source taking shots at the team. As we saw with the recent drama, these individuals with an axe to grind may think twice before attempting to anonymously attack Cohen and his front office.

If you’re a big time target like a Billy Beane or a David Stearns, why would Cohen’s Twitter account scare you? At least publicly, he’s not going to make your life any more difficult.

Cohen doesn’t criticize his front office on Twitter. Certainly, people have noticed this. Manager and players? Different story, but at least on the player front, as we saw with Francisco Lindor, Cohen is going to make a personal connection with the player and open the checkbook.

Therein lies the heart of the matter. Under Cohen, the Mets promise to present deeper pockets and more opportunities to create a team of your own vision than anywhere else.

Taking a look specifically at Beane, he was a subject of a critically acclaimed book and movie. He was lambasted for sharing secrets. He shrug that all off and moved on with his life. Do we really think a potential tweet is going to stop him from taking the job?

Of course not. The whole notion is preposterous. And that’s before you consider there’s no negative tweets from Cohen scoot the front office all year.

Overall, Cohen is going to get the man he wants for the job. Then, he’s going to tweet about it to the joy of everyone.

5 thoughts on “Steve Cohen’s Twitter Should Help With Front Office Hires”

  1. KyleW says:

    When Cohen speaks everyone else becomes b-roll. He will always be lurking over the head of a GM, President, Emperor, whatever. It doesn’t matter if what he says is in tune or conflict, he is what the public and media will seize upon, and everyone else becomes beta dogs.

    And his sourcing battle with Puma or swipe at Baez critics (after he snarled Baez’s thumbs down was unaccepted) just stirs the shtt and creates more hassles for whoever is supposed to be in charge of the team.

    Yeah. Problem.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      It’s funny how people like Steinbrenner, Cuban, etc never had issues attracting top talent because of their larger personalities.

      It has never been and will continue to not be a problem especially when Cohen doesn’t use the account to criticize his front office.

  2. I think the people that Mr. Cohen will be seeking to hire to reshape and run the organization will be strong-willed and have a strong enough personality to see past all this BS that the press is trying to put out there against Mr. Cohen. As pointed out in the above story, his tweets have NEVER been critical of the front office even when they made huge mistakes in judgment or hiring practices. Mr. Cohen is both the owner and a fan of the Mets. Most of the fans love that fact and he often says what the majority of the fans are thinking anyway.. He has a unique relationship with the Met fans because he is one of us.

  3. KyleW says:

    Cohen taking an active voice in dialoging on team issues simply means he is the only voice. He smacks the thumbs down crew, or whines about professional hitters, or calls out beat reporters, he is being the voice of owner/management, by dint of his power.

    You say a potential GM shouldn’t care. They all will. Whether it is actually a deal breaker is situation specific.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Yeah, they’re not going to remotely care.

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