Elizabeth Benn was on a baseball operations name together with her new colleagues within the Mets’ entrance workplace Tuesday when actuality started to set in.
“Sure, I used to be making an attempt to know it from an expert atmosphere, however I used to be additionally simply nerding out the entire time considering, ‘Wow that is so cool that that is my job,’ ” Benn, the Mets’ new director of main league operations, stated Wednesday on SNY. “How they discuss gamers was simply fascinating to me. I discovered so much in that hour-long name simply by attending to hear to those guys speak.”
The Mets on Monday introduced the addition of Benn to their baseball operations workers, making her the division’s highest-ranking feminine within the franchise historical past.
Benn joined the Mets from Main League Baseball, the place she spent the previous 5 years — most just lately because the senior coordinator of baseball operations. She stated her principal duties might be roster building, administration and transactions whereas working with basic supervisor Billy Eppler, his three assistant GMs (Bryn Alderson, Ian Levin and Ben Zauzmer) and the remainder of the baseball operations workers.
“Along with that, something associated to the foremost league gamers and workers,” Benn stated. “So the foremost league payroll I might be engaged on, contracts of the coaches, efficiency workers, issues associated to clubhouse and journey. So actually something that’s concerned with the foremost league gamers I might be engaged on.”
Benn, who was raised as a Yankees fan in Toronto — her mom is from Jersey Metropolis — stated she seemed as much as Yankees assistant GM Jean Afterman and Marlins GM Kim Ng (whom she labored with at MLB) as ladies in baseball who got here earlier than her.
“I do know that individuals are wanting as much as me and watching what I do, so I wish to do the very best job doable,” Benn stated. “That’s not essentially due to my gender or the truth that I’m the primary on this function with the Mets, however it’s simply the best way that I typically wish to work.
Now, Benn — a former pitcher who turned the primary girl to play within the New York Metropolis Metro Baseball League — might be blazing her personal path as a member of the Mets’ entrance workplace.
“I used to be considering for some time that I might take into account in some unspecified time in the future transferring to a membership from the commissioner’s workplace,” Benn stated. “I didn’t suppose that may occur but, however this chance offered itself and actually, each single field was checked that I might need going to a membership. Talking to Billy Eppler initially, I couldn’t think about a greater GM to work beneath and his management is unbelievable. It’s simply been a extremely nice workforce and entrance workplace to come back into proper now. So I’m completely thrilled to be coming into this.”