Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/10/14
The person most responsible for the Mets’ worst years was probably M. Donald Grant. He is best known for sending Tom Seaver away, but his influence in the organization was a detriment toward building a competitive team, or keeping one, and things didn’t get better until he was out of the picture when the Mets were sold to Wilpon and Doubleday. Grant, a stockbroker, was Mrs. Payson’s close personal advisor when she became the original owner of the Mets. He probably had very little influence in player movement for the first several years, and in the days before free agency, no one could say that the Mets were particularly cheap. But unlike, say a George Steinbrenner who took full advantage of baseball’s free agent system from the start, Grant did not believe that a ballplayer deserved to be making as much money as a stockbroker or real estate magnate, and probably didn’t think they belonged at the same parties or meetings, either. Grant could be described as a patrician, a snob, a man...
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