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According to Mike Ozanian of Forbes, Citi Field had its rating outlook downgraded to negative by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services today.
The Mets and SportsNet New York, the regional sports network that is 65% owned by the MLB team, have almost $900 million of debt coming due on the two properties by 2015. In addition, the Mets, who lost $70 million after debt payments in 2011, must pay over $40 million a year in PILOT bond payments from stadium revenue. Attendance at Citi Field fell in 2011 and is likely to fall again in 2012 as the team is cutting payroll and lost its best player, shortstop Jose Reyes, to the Miami Marlins after this past season.
Forbes also reports that the Mets have yet to sell any of the ten 4% stakes in the team they have been trying to sell for over six months. Each stake is available for $20 million to new investors.
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In putting together the MMO Mets Top 20 Prospect List for 2012, one thing became very clear, very fast. There were going to be some deserving players left off the list because of a numbers crunch. So now that the Top 20 are in the rear-view mirror, let’s explore the next 30 or so prospects. This week, I am listing the first group of ten, #’s 21-30. This group is pitching heavy...
In a post to Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein takes a look at 10 of the league’s better prospects who might want to forget about 2011.
For instance, he writes the following about 20-year-old Mets SS Wilmer Flores:
“Flores has long been seen as one of the Mets’ top prospects, but that’s mostly been because of his age and level. In 2011, he proved to still be more potential...
It has come to our attention that you plan on doing a charity junket to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Africa.
Although we are sure that it is for a worthy cause, unwed mothers is that right? As your employer the N.Y. Mets respectfully request that you reconsider.
Mountain climbing is the third most dangerous sport in the world, eclipsed only by shark punching, and professional...
The Mets are among three teams including the Braves and Rays who are among those interested in free agent infielder Ryan Theriot, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. According to MLBTR, the Reds and Rockies are also said to have interest in the infielder
Theriot, 32, batted .271/.321/.342 in 132 games last season for the Cardinals. In 483 plate appearances he had one...
They say that if you love something, you should let it go. Well, there’s little doubt that many Mets fans loved Jose Reyes, but they aren’t the ones who decided to let him go. It was that cold, calculating, college-educated Mets front office that put all emotion aside and decided that they would not pay Reyes more than they though he was worth. Not even if he was about to jump...
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In five days, Mets knuckleballer R. A. Dickey will begin his adventure of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro after traveling for 18 hours 25 minutes, and 8,674 miles.
In a post to Twitter, SS Omar Vizquel said, if offered a contract, he would not be interested in joining the Mets next season.
Vizquel, who will be 45 in April, hit .251 with eight RBI in 58 games for the White Sox last season. In 23 big league seasons, Vizquel is a .272 career hitter with 2841 hits and 402 stolen bases and an 11-time Gold Glove Award winner at shortstop.