NYC Declines To Appeal Court Ruling, Willets Point Project Now In Jeopardy

In 2012, then Mayor Bloomberg announced that New York City had reached a deal with Sterling Equities, a real estate company owned by Fred Wilpon and Saul B. Katz, to transform Willets Point into modern low to mid income housing mecca complete with a shopping mall. However, about a year into the project and after […]
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Would MLB ever force the Wilpons to sell the Mets?

Fred and Jeff Wilpon are probably the worst owners in professional baseball at this time, possibly the worst in all of professional sports. They are immensely unpopular with the fan base of their own team. Whenever Mets fans discuss the Wilpons I am reminded of the line Buddy Hackett used to use referring to sportscaster Howard Cosell. He would say: “Most people hate Howard like...
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Our Baseball Maverick Is Under Fire, Can He Revive Mets Season?

I wanted to address some of what’s been written about Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins and the Panic City Mets. Joel Sherman – While upper management has insisted the dollars are there, executives from other teams say their Mets counterparts tell them that the budget is either tight or non-existent. Is that gamesmanship by the Mets to try to get competitors to lower demands or...
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Moment of Silence, Lifetime of Embarrassment

Nelson Doubleday Jr., died Wednesday at his home in New York. He was 81. Two days after his death, the Mets announced they would honor Doubleday with a moment of silence. A moment of silence? A moment? Doubleday was the majority owner of the New York Mets from 1980-2002. He lifted the Mets out of the financial and competitive abyss of the late 1970s and early 1980s and, in six years...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Publisher and ex-NY Mets owner, Nelson Doubleday Jr. dies

NEW YORK (AP) Nelson Doubleday Jr., the publishing scion who bought the New York Mets and shepherded the team to a 1986 World Series title, has died. He was 81. His son-in-law, John Havens, said Doubleday died of pneumonia at his home in Locust Valley, New York, on Wednesday. Doubleday was the grandson of Frank Nelson Doubleday, who founded the publishing company in 1896 and a descendent...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Mets Majority Owner Nelson Doubleday Jr. Passes Away

The Mets announced that Nelson Doubleday, Jr., the former owner of the Mets, has passed away at the age of 81. According to Doubleday’s family, the cause of death was pneumonia. “We were saddened to hear the news of the passing of Nelson Doubleday, Jr.,” The Mets said in a statement. “Nelson had a love of baseball and the Mets. On behalf of everyone at the organization...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Howard Megdal on the Mets’ biggest problem

Indeed, even the talking point from the organization about Wilpon has shifted from “of course he can afford to run a large-market team” to how much he cares about winning, as if that matters even slightly if he lacks the means to make it happen. And yet, here are the 2015 Mets, their best pitchers excelling and critically in their cheap, pre-arbitration years. Offensive help...
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Let's watch Chris Heston indict Fred Wilpon, Sandy Alderson, and Terry Collins

The Mets have so badly slow played building a lineup, the 4 significant moves they need to make have fans screaming for just one. Chris Heston striking out Ruben Tejada, looking, for the final out of the 9th (his 11th K) to become the third Giants rookie to toss a no-hitter is/was an indictment of Fred Wilpon, Sandy Alderson, and Terry Collins. Interesting side note: 11K was also...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Some Mets fans urge Wilpons at home opener: 'Ya gotta leave'

NEW YORK (AP) A group of New York Mets fans has its own slogan this season, a message directed at the club's owners. When the team arrived at Citi Field for Monday's home opener, it was greeted by two new billboards just outside the ballpark. ''FRED, JEFF & SAUL,'' one reads, ''Ya gotta leave.'' And the other one: ''Sell the Team.'' The billboards on Roosevelt Avenue, both 10...
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Pay the man: Why the Yankees will have to pay out A-Rod's milestones

I think it is hilarious, in a way, that the Yankees are so dead set against paying out Alex Rodriguez's milestones in the contract that they signed, that they don't want to see that he is about the only interesting thing going in Yankeeland these days. Oh, and by the way, he can still play well, which is more than I say for some of their other high-paid players.Five games in, not...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Is the Mets ‘spending spree’ for real?

The Mets budget has been inflated within the past 72 hours, but it’s still more akin to a week-old helium balloon than Harold the Baseball Player. Yes, Fred Wilpon was sighted blowing the dust off of his checkbook and cracking it open for the first time since signing John Mayberry, Jr. back in December. He added almost $2 million to the 2015 payroll, and more could be coming very...
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Hey Lennon and Klapisch… Thanks, But No Thanks

Please stop. Please for God’s sake stop it. You are sitting there angrily clicking away on your laptop because Fred Wilpon didn’t give you a frigging sound-bite, a quote. You don’t care. You don’t care one bit about the NY Mets … or their fans. You just care about your little nugget … your Scooby snack … the one you DIDN’T get, Mr. Bob Klapisch and David Lennon...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Commissioner Calls Wilpon A Victim That’s Been Treated Unfairly

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred was a guest on WFAN Radio on Tuesday and gave Mets owner Fred Wilpon another vote of confidence, portraying him as a victim who has been treated unfairly. “I do understand that that undercurrent is out there. I really don’t believe it’s fair, however. The most important point is this: At this point in Major League Baseball, I...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

The Emperor’s Not So New Close

Bob Klapisch of Newsday didn’t take too kindly to Fred Wilpon ducking several interview requests after a closed door meeting with the team on Monday. The only thing that was allowed to leak out was that it was “positive” and it was about “winning.” Players were told not to divulge anything to fans or media, there was no press release to media, and the progenitor of the...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Wilpon Holds Team Meeting

Earlier this spring I wrote Mets owner Fred Wilpon should have more of a vocal and visible presence around his team. Let’s face it, Mets’ fans love their team and want to know what the owner is thinking. Now his players know as Wilpon held a closed-doors meeting Monday morning, but as usual after these things, nobody was talking. WILPON: What did he say? (AP) “Any time that...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Owner Fred Wilpon, Gives Motivational Speech to the New York Mets

Fred Wilpon’s comments in the New Yorker magazine have created more unwanted distractions for the Mets. (Mandatory Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara) On Monday morning Fred Wilpon, principle owner of the New York Mets, gave a motivational speech to his team down in Port St. Lucie. The meeting was supposed to rally the team in preparation for the start of the regular season....
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

A week before opener, owner Fred Wilpon addresses Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon addressed the team in a closed-door meeting Monday morning. The meeting delayed the opening of the Mets clubhouse 15 minutes and players could be heard clapping when the meeting was over. ''Any time that you have those types of meetings you can take a lot out of it, and I think everybody in here took a lot of out of it,'...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Sandy Alderson’s Remarkable Autonomy Window

My coming of age as a Mets fan evolved, as it were … When I was young I had no idea why the Mets might be good or bad or mediocre. As I got older, unlike my Dad who was preoccupied strictly with events on the field, I began to be aware of problems with ownership and management, particularly after the death of the venerable Joan Payson. M. Donald Grant and his antipathy towards...
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March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets settle discrimination suit with female former exec

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon have settled a discrimination lawsuit brought by a former top team executive who claimed she was fired because she had a child without being married. The club and former senior vice president of ticket sales Leigh Castergine issued a vaguely worded joint statement Friday announcing the end of the Brooklyn federal...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Who’s The “Not Me” This Time?

Many years ago I worked in an office that had a large staff. When the office manager found that something had been screwed up he would call everyone in and rant, “Who’s the ‘NOT ME’ responsible for this?” I always found that funny – maybe because invariably the culprit was NOT ME. But it brought home to me the point that it is human nature to want to blame someone or...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

New Sandy Alderson Book Reveals Truths About Wilpons, Madoff, Mets Operations

A new book by and about Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is set to soon come out that extensively covers his years at the helm of the New York Mets. According to Howard Megdal of Capital New York, “Baseball Maverick” by veteran sports journalist Steve Kettmann, asks the question of why Sandy continues in his current role “given the significant amount of public dissembling...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

I’m Here To Help

The recent story about Fred Wilpon visiting Terry Collins after the Mets got pummeled 13-2 in a spring game on Monday, on the surface, seems like a glimpse of impending trouble regarding Terry Collins’ job security. Or perhaps its a signal of a new penchant for meddling for the Mets owner. But in reality, this speaks to how we perceive new media formats, and how the Mets are flooded...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

We Need To See More Of Fred Wilpon

I figured Mets owner Fred Wilpon would be around Tradition Field Monday afternoon considering commissioner Rob Manfred was in Port St. Lucie. What you didn’t expect was for Wilpon to talk with manager Terry Collins in his office for about 20 minutes after the game. Collins said Wilpon would be a regular presence during spring training. Let’s hope so. And, let’s hope he doesn’t...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Let’s See More Of Fred Wilpon

One figured Mets owner Fred Wilpon would be around Tradition Field Monday afternoon considering commissioner Rob Manfred was in Port St. Lucie. What you didn’t expect was for Wilpon to talk with manager Terry Collins in his office for about 20 minutes after the game. Collins said Wilpon would be a regular presence during spring training. WILPON: Let’s see his fire. Let’s...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Today In Mets History: First Exhibition Game

On this day in 1962, the expansion Mets played their first exhibition game, which they lost, 8-0, to the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Petersburg, Fl. Mets pitchers Jay Hook, Clem Labine and Craig Anderson gave up a combined 12 hits, including homers by Gene Oliver and the late Minnie Minoso. The Mets would go 40-120 in their inaugural season and finish 60 ½ games behind the first...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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