JEFF WILPON NEWS

Gnomes And Toes

I’d love to talk more about Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Nationals. (I will say that I have no problem with Dilson Herrera being aggressive and trying to take that extra base.) But to be quite honest, it was so damn cold up in section 339 that we spent three innings walking around the lower deck contemplating buying a $95 sweatshirt to keep warm while meandering around the heated...
Via Metstradamus
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Jeff Wilpon Controversy, Pedro Slams COO In Tell All Book.

There are players you follow as a fan, players you only get to know from a distance. Some may come of as one dimensional through no fault of their own — they are after all solely and perhaps obsessively devoted to their craft with a single minded devotion. They almost have to be this way in order to succeed at the highest level. It’s a function of the remarkable demands that...
Via Mets Merized Online
20 days ago  |  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...
Via AP on Fox
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO Exclusive: Hardball With Baseball Maverick Author Steve Kettmann

Here is an MMO exclusive interview with Steve Kettmann, author of the new Sandy Alderson bio, Baseball Maverick.  We thank Steve for his graciousness and generosity in answering our questions. He is by all accounts a very busy man but still managed to make time for us. I tried to pick and choose questions on some of the more interesting aspects of the book without sacrificing Steve’s...
Via Mets Merized Online
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

New Citi Field Scoreboard Is Real and It’s Spectacular

There it is… The Mets tweeted an image of our new state of the art scoreboard, featuring one of the largest high-definition digital screens in any sports venue in the country. The Daktronics digital video board is 62% larger than the original screen and measures a whopping 5,670 square feet . Said Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon when asked, “It’s real and it’s spectacular...
Via Mets Merized Online
March 18, 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...
Via Mets Merized Online
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets settle with Ex-ticket exec whose lawsuit they said had no merit

Leigh Castergine, former Senior Vice President of Ticket Sales & Services, sued the Mets and COO Jeff Wilpon because he was “morally opposed” to her becoming pregnant while single. “He frequently humiliated Castergine in front of others by, among other things, pretending to see if she had an engagement ring on her finger and openly stating in a meeting of the Team’s all...
Via Bob's Blitz
March 14, 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...
Via AP on Fox
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets, Jeff Wilpon settle discrimination suit by ex-exec

NEW YORK (AP) 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...
Via AP on Fox
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Reach Settlement With Castergine On Discrimination Lawsuit

I know some of you won’t like this, but the Mets have reached a settlement in the lawsuit filed against them by former VP of ticket sales Leigh Castergine. The team announced the settlement in a press release, and offered a joint statement from both the Mets and Castergine. “The parties have decided to resolve this matter, which has brought more attention to the workplace environment...
Via Mets Merized Online
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...
Via Mets Merized Online
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...
Via Mets Merized Online
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Fan pays for anti-Mets ownership billboard near field

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. (AP) A New York Mets fan has put his displeasure with the team's ownership on full display. Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old from New Hampshire, paid to have a billboard with the message ''Fred, Jeff & Saul, Ya Gotta Leave,'' erected on Interstate 95, about eight miles north of Tradition Field, the Mets spring training home. The billboard is blue with white...
Via AP on Fox
March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

How Optimistic Should Mets Fans Be?

Mel Brooks has made a small fortune – no make that a large fortune – on his movie, then play, then movie of THE PRODUCERS. As you must know it involved a scam wherein his protagonists planned to make a fortune by overfunding a Broadway show that goes bust almost immediately. Wayne Huizenga owned the Florida Marlins for a few years, poured tons of money into a team that won a...
Via Mets Merized Online
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

New Commish Dodges Question About Wilpons and Mets Payroll

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports conducted a comprehensive interview with new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spanning a variety of topics and sensitive issues including a question about Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon. Rosenthal: Another issue — and I know this one is sensitive. The Mets play in one of the biggest markets in the game. I know Commissioner Selig was close with (Mets...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 28, 2015  |  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

Signed, Fred and Jeff Wilpon

There was an interesting story a couple of weeks ago about a 12-year boy, Cade Pope, who wrote the owner of each NFL team asking them one simple question: “Why should I root for your team?” Took a lot of initiative on his part, but very little initiative was made by the league’s 32 owners as only one, Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers replied, and with it sent an autographed...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets To Unveil New Larger High-Def Scoreboard At Citi Field

2015 CITI FIELD SCOREBOARD UPGRADE The New York Mets announced today they are installing a new Daktronics high definition Citi Field center field video board that is 62% larger than the original screen. The installation puts the Mets in the top 10 largest displays in professional baseball and makes Citi Field one of the few baseball venues to feature more than one video capable LED...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 19, 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

How Would Wilpons Answer Question: Why I Should Root For The Mets?

There was an interesting story on-line the other day about a 12-year boy, Cade Pope, who wrote the owner of each NFL team asking the simple question: Why should I root for your team? Took a lot of initiative on his part, but very little initiative was made by the league’s 32 owners as only one, Jerry Richardson of the Carolina Panthers replied, and with it sent an autographed helmet...
Via New York Mets Report
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Are The Mets Really A Contender In 2015?

If you listen to Mets’ hierarchy – by whom I mean GM Sandy Alderson, his lieutenants, Paul DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi as well as Manager Terry Collins: Fred and Jeff Wilpon have been silent so far this winter, and wisely so — the year has finally arrived. Since 2010, we fans have been subject to payroll shredding, farm-system building, ticket pandering and penny pinching...
Via Mets360.com
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang To Post On Monday

Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang will be posted on Monday, according to his agent, Alan Nero. In addition to the Mets, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the A’s, Giants and several other clubs are interested in Kang as a shortstop, second baseman or third baseman. Keith Law of ESPN believes that Kang’s power can translate to the Majors, but his batting average will take a...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Mets Be Players For Korean SS Jung-Ho Kang?

One of the things we learned in San Diego this week was that the Mets are taking a real hard look at Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang, or so they say. Sandy Alderson told reporters that he and his staff are considering placing a bid on Kang as soon as he’s posted and cleared by MLB. When you couple that with something else Alderson said on Tuesday, it makes you wonder if there is...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Hire Chris Zaber As New VP of Ticket Sales

The Mets have hired Chris Zaber as the new vice president of ticket sales. Zaber has held positions with the Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Carolina Panthers, and most recently the Pittsburgh Pirates The position was previously filled by Leigh Castergine, who was fired and then filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against the Mets in September. The suit alleges that Mets Chief Operating...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 05, 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
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