Billy Beane has withdrawn his name from consideration in the New York Mets' front office job search. David Stearns is out of the running, too, as the Milwaukee Brewers denied the Mets their request to interview him. Theo Epstein came to an agreement with Steve Cohen that it just wasn't the "right opportunity" for the longtime baseball executive to pursue.
What's next — are the Mets start going to just ask any guy that runs a car dealership to run the team, and he's going to turn them down as well? Well, yes, though it wasn't "just any guy" in this situation.
According to New York Post columnist and MLB Network insider Joel Sherman, rumored front office candidate Dorian Boyland, who went from a brief MLB career with the Pirates to a successful business career as the owner of "top-selling car dealerships across the country," is perfectly content where he is.
After doing a little digging, it's clear that Boyland was a very well-respected teammate and businessman. Rory Castello's biography on Boyland, as part of SABR's Biography Project, tells us a lot about the former Pirate whose career came up short of expectations. Here are some snippets:
— "For a time Boyland was touted as the heir to the great Willie Stargell in Pittsburgh. He wasn’t a big power hitter — the most home runs he ever had in any season was 14 — but he hit for good average and stole an unusual number of bases for his size (6-feet-4 and 200 pounds) and position. He worked hard to become adept in the field — he had never played first base before turning professional."
— "He founded his company, Boyland Auto Group, in 1987 and led it to the number-4 ranking on Black Enterprise’s auto dealers list for 2013. Brainpower, charisma, and determination were all big ingredients — yet he also gave credit to what he learned as a member of the 1979 World Series champion Pirates..."
And best of all...
— His debut was bizarre and unique. During the first game of a doubleheader on September 4 at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, Chuck Tanner sent Boyland in to pinch-hit for pitcher Ed Whitson... Pitcher Skip Lockwood had a 1-and-2 count on Boyland, but Lockwood had to come out of the game with a sore shoulder. Mets manager Joe Torre brought in a southpaw, Kevin Kobel, and Tanner sent righty Rennie Stennett in to hit for the lefty Boyland. Stennett promptly took strike three; by the rules, the strikeout was charged to Boyland.
A strikeout from the dugout in your first career at-bat? That's certainly something.
But no matter. It appears he's not going to get back into the dugout, or the front office, or anything involved with baseball — at least for now — while his car business is booming and he's making an impact in other areas.
According to Sherman, two other rumored Mets candidates — Mike Hill and Doug Melvin — had also not been contacted by the team.