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26 Oct 1998: Mike Piazza of the New York Mets shakes hands with Mets Owners Fred Wilpon (R) and Nelson Doubleday (L) during a Press Conference in New York City, New York. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire /Allsport
New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon says he plans on owning the team for a long time despite financial troubles caused by the collapse of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. Wilpon said Monday he is optimistic in a favorable outcome in the lawsuit brought by the trustee against the Mets' owners to recover money for victims of the scheme. He expressed optimism that the Mets will host the 2013 All-Star game and said the decision on whether to sign third baseman David Wright to a long-term contract is in the hands of general manager Sandy Alderson. In regards to the payroll drop the Mets have taken, Wilpon says spending could increase during the season.
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