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Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired for sending inappropriate text messages to a reporter. How could the team have avoided this hiring disaster?

It is the second major personnel crisis for the New York baseball team in the past year.

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Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired for sending inappropriate text messages to a reporter. How could the team have avoided this hiring disaster?
Mets general manager Jared Porter was fired for sending inappropriate text messages to a reporter. How could the team have avoided this hiring disaster?


Despite new owners and a notable off-season business acquisition, the Los Angeles franchise is New York Mets, historically tough in the majors, still has a knack for generating the wrong kind of press. Billionaire Steve Cohen, who took over the team last fall, announced on Twitter this morning the recently hired general manager Jared Porter was fired after ESPN posted details of Porter’s sexually explicit and unsolicited text messages to a foreign correspondent while working with the Chicago Cubs in 2016.

That shock comes exactly a year after the Mets sacked manager Carlos Beltran, who was arriving by 2020, for his role in the Houston Astros fraud scandal. In both cases, Mets executives said they ignored their employees’ previous violations. Though this line of defense is a test of credibility under all circumstances. Rumors of widespread and illegal signal theft from the Astros around 2017 when Beltran was a player on the team were rife for years and eventually became public eight days after Beltran was signed by the Mets. And ESPN almost released the incriminating information about Porter in 2017 when he was still with the Cubs. Only his accuser decided not to continue for fear of a career setback.

There’s a lot to unpack here, from Cohen’s quick and energetic leadership in getting Porter fired immediately, to Porter’s terrible abuse of power and privileges in spite of his actions. At the very least, this story should serve as a warning against interviews and due diligence for all companies. Fortunately, we have published several articles on the subject and recommend reading the following articles from our archives to avoid the Mets making repeated mistakes in both the study and the procedure.

Before considering Gustavo Giorgi’s recommendation on people management strategies, start with Aytekin Tank’s ideas on how hiring the wrong candidate can be costly and damaging right away. Finally, and perhaps most useful for Mets bosses and the top management of an organization, follow Daniel Colombo’s leadership recommendations. Just don’t be the company that keeps making the same mistakes and learning nothing but how to repackage the same old excuse.

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