Dodgers assistant GM declining to interview for Mets opening adds to NY’s nightmare

Thomas Carannante
Jul 6, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler (left) talks with assistant general manager Jeff Kingston (center) and manager Dave Roberts before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 6, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler (left) talks with assistant general manager Jeff Kingston (center) and manager Dave Roberts before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New York Mets are down bad. They might historically be a laughingstock of a franchise due to general ineptitude and poor oversight by the former regime under the Wilpons, but how has it somehow gotten worse? 

It’s so bad, in fact, that the organization cannot find a general manager. For a quick refresher, Jared Porter was fired due to acts of sexual harassment and his successor, Zack Scott, was recently ousted after he was arrested for driving under the influence.

This, by the way, is the Mets under new ownership! That’s right! $14 billion man Steve Cohen was supposed to save the franchise from plunging deeper into the depths of baseball obscurity.

Instead, he cheaped out in free agency last offseason (with the exception of Francisco Lindor, if you even count that since it was more essential rather than a luxury addition), had to fire THREE GMs, was a nightmare on Twitter all season long, saw his players war with fans over mistreatment, and, after the Mets collapsed, now has to watch the Braves in the World Series.

All the Los Angeles Dodgers can do is laugh … especially when one of their assistants won’t even interview for the Mets’ GM opening, which is a promotion in the world’s biggest sports market.

Dodgers assistant GM Jeff Kingston denied the Mets.

Sorry, Mets. Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston is enjoying being a member of arguably the game’s best ownership group and front office. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is running the show and he’s probably telling his assistants that it’s worthwhile to stick around with LA, especially with an offseason for the ages approaching, rather than taking the top job at an inferior franchise that desperately needs a direction.

He wouldn’t be wrong, either. Did you see how many other big-name executives turned down the Mets? Theo Epstein and Billy Beane have headlined the futile process, while the top assistants for the Giants and Brewers — two of the best front offices in the game — backed out of the interview process.

Then again, it would appear Kingston just may not want to leave the Dodgers at all. He was among the candidates for the Phillies’ GM role last November and reportedly a finalist for the Angels’ GM job. The Dodgers hired Kingston back in 2018 when they swiped him from the Seattle Mariners and he’s been sought after multiple times already.

Nonetheless, it’s always funny to watch the Mets suffer (especially after they eliminated LA in the NLDS back in 2015) … but more importantly it’s encouraging to know working for the Dodgers is such a good gig that it actually dissuades people from leaving … even for a promotion.

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