HANOVER, N.H. –
It’s the first trip to the World Series for the New York Mets since the 2000 Subway Series against the Yankees and baseball fans in Hanover, New Hampshire will be watching. The Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson is a 1969 graduate of Dartmouth College.
“I don’t necessarily know that it is a breeding ground, but we are fortunate to have great people who want to be in the game,” said Bob Whalen, Dartmouth College baseball coach.
Whalen knows Alderson well, as he does the newest general manager in the major leagues, 2002 Dartmouth graduate Matt Klentak with the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I am honored, I am humbled. I am unbelievably excited to be here today,” said Klentak Monday.
“My initial reaction was just really happy for him. He’s had a great career up to this point and ever since he has been at Dartmouth, this is something that he has wanted to do,” said Whalen.
Klentak played shortstop at the Big Green and was captain of the team his senior year. He has worked his way up through front office positions in several organizations since leaving the Hanover area after graduation.
“He’s a very analytical thinker. Consensus builder. He has excellent communication skills. He has always been one of those guys who made his teammates better and was a really good teammate. He was always about the team and the program and winning,” said Whalen.
And he helps motivate younger ballplayers too.
“Baseball has always been a big part of my life and a career in baseball, any time of job in baseball would be a dream,” said Caleb Broughton, Lebanon High School junior.
Broughton is a standout athlete at nearby Lebanon High, which also has big connection to the big leagues. Former Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington, who has a 2013 World Series ring of his own, graduated from Lebanon.
“To think that they were in my shoes at one point and they got into the top schools that they could get into and they worked their way up through the system and now at the top level. It’s kind of cool to think that I could do that too and I definitely would if I got the opportunity,” said Broughton.
At just 35-years-old, Klentak becomes the youngest general manager in club history. So, while the inspiration he provides may seem like a far off dream for some, for others, including ballplayers, it could be right around the corner.
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