The most recent edition of The Base Path Podcast has a MLB trade deadline theme with a Rhode Island native who is now a high-level executive with the New York Mets.
Barrington, Rhode Island, resident Tom Tanous joined host Dan Guttenplan to discuss his rise to a front office position in Major League Baseball. As Vice President of International and Amateur Scouting, Tanous currently oversees both the Major League, amateur draft and international player evaluations for a Mets organization that currently sits in first place in the National League East.
The Mets have been on an upward trajectory since Tanous’ move to a VP position in 2017.
“I think it’s a combination of things,” Tanous said. “Player development has been fantastic. I think we’ve drafted quite well. With the addition of some free agents and (manager) Buck Showalter and (general manager) Billy Eppler now in the fold, I think it’s a combination of a lot of things. We’ve always had Sandy Alderson for most of that decade, overseeing the process of our department. Sandy is very big on process, very, very big on building through a farm system, as he’s done in years past with Oakland and San Diego. He came here and did the same thing. Our owner, Steve Cohen, is so committed to winning.”