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The Mets’ Great Divide: What Is And What Should Be

Our friend Greg Prince, the grand guru of Faith And Fear In Flushing — and the nearest thing the Mets’ blogging community can get to its own Roger Angell or Red Smith, for my money — had a terrific post today, recapping Old Timers’ Day at Shea Stadium in 1977, complete with video. This was the sixteenth such celebration in Mets’ history. Think about that for a minute...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Commissioner Defends Naming Fred Wilpon Finance Committee Chairman

I wanted to update this post with some quotes via the New York Times from incoming MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Responding to criticism over naming Fred Wilpon chairman of the MLB Finance committee, Manfred said: “I understand the whole Madoff thing, but before and since, Fred Wilpon was an extraordinarily successful businessman.” Manfred said the committee Wilpon will chair...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets claim phenomenal growth in 2015 ticket sales

Ticket sales are up 19.26 percent over last year, according to Mets executive vice president Lou DePaoli. The numbers represent what would be an astonishing outlier for a team that’s failed to add any high-priced talent this offseason or post a winning record since 2008, the two primary drivers of attendance spikes for baseball teams. And the reported surge in ticket sales would...
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO Mailbag: Frustration Is Reaching Critical Mass

Frank Jr. asks… So now the Mets say they cant afford Yoan Moncada? I thought the financial problems were in the rear view mirror? I thought the Mets were ready to start tapping into the International free agent market? I thought we were going to start spending once the team’s young core of players arrived? I am so sick and tired of constantly being stringed along by the Mets...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Manfred, man: Wilpon named chairman of finance committee

The big this weekend, as usual, had nothing to do with the Mets acquiring a shortstop, and once again had everything to do with Fred Wilpon and finances.  Except this time, the news is that Fred Wilpon has been selected by Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred as the new chairman of the finance committee, as first reported by Bill Madden of the New York Daily News. On the surface, appointing...
January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Selig Rewards Wilpon For Not Spending

This blog gets many comments imploring Major League Baseball to force the Wilpons to sell the Mets. I said it will never happen, and the recent move by MLB to name Fred Wilpon to chair the Finance Committee underscores that position. We should remember while Bud Selig is commissioner, he is first and foremost a former owner. His roots are in ownership and that’s where his sentiment...
Via New York Mets Report
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Fred Wilpon Named Chairman of MLB Finance Committee

If any of you were hanging onto a slim hope that new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred would somehow be the antithesis to Bud Selig who turned a blind eye as Mets owner Fred Wilpon skirted the rules and nearly bankrupted a big market franchise, think again. Bill Madden of the Daily News reports there was a lot more happening at last week’s owners meeting in Arizona than just a farewell...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Mets: best, worst offseasons of last 10 years

This time of year is always hectic in the baseball world.  The Winter Meetings are underway, and General Managers are hard at work trying to build the best roster they can for the upcoming season. The New York Mets are (hopefully) at a crossroads.  GM Sandy Alderson’s moves over the next few months are key in determining whether or not the Mets can make the transition from mediocrity...
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Guess Who Made The Worst Owners In Sports List?

Is it bad that a couple of my favorite moments of the Mets 2014 season had absolutely nothing to do with the play on the field? The first one happened in May when a report came out that co-owner Saul Katz wanted out and was looking to sell his share of the team. I remember thinking at the time, “Oh my God, was this the beginning of the end of the Wilpons’ stranglehold on the...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Brass Mum; Fred Wilpon And Sandy Alderson Offer Nothing

New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon declined talking to the New York media today, saying “I’m on vacation.’’ Wilpon traditionally offers a “State of the Mets Address,’’ each spring and still might, but offered nothing on his calendar. “Wanting to play meaningful games in September,’’ is one of Wilpon’s Greatest Spring Training Hits. Wilpon was asked specifically...
Via New York Mets Report
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

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