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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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

You Unwashed Masses Will Accept Your New Scoreboard And Like It

The unwashed masses have a point. The juxtaposition of the Mets announcing their brand new scoreboard with the Nationals signing of Max Scherzer looks bad. Even worse when you pair it this: From what I can gather, #Mets have done due diligence on Cuban SS Yoan Moncada, but don’t view him as a realistic option given their budget. — Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) January 20...
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5 days ago  |  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
5 days ago  |  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
7 days ago  |  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
9 days ago  |  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
13 days ago  |  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
18 days ago  |  Discuss

SS Jung-Ho Kang Will Be Posted Today, Mets Still Undecided

Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang will be posted on Monday, according to his agent, Alan Nero. On Saturday night, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters he was “still undecided” if the Mets will bid on the 27 year old power hitting infielder. The bidding for Lang is expected to be between $2-10 million dollars, with a contract ranging anywhere between $25 and $50 million...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Jung-Ho Kang To Post On Monday, Mets Still Undecided

Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang will be posted on Monday, according to his agent, Alan Nero. On Saturday night, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters he was “still undecided” if the Mets will bid on Kang. The bidding for Lang is expected to be between $2-10 million dollars, with a contract ranging anywhere between $25 and $50 million. In addition to the Mets, CBS Sports’...
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December 14, 2014  |  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...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Payroll Near $100 Million But Likely To Drop Before Opening Day

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York estimates the Mets payroll is currently at around $99.3 million dollars barring any further changes to the roster. With the new league minimum set at $507,500, Rubin assigned that figure to 14 pre-arbitration players while adding in the $62.5 million in guaranteed contracts to David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon, Michael Cuddyer and Jon Niese...
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: It’s Time To Embrace Our Team

An MMO Fan Shot by James “Master of Papas” Davison I’ll admit to being a lurker on these boards for awhile. The thing that brings me back to this site, again and again, is the civil and intelligent discourse that takes place here. So in the vein of “Fan Shots”, I offer this short take on the Mets’ current situation to act as my introduction into the community. There’s...
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December 06, 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...
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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...
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November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Sandy Alderson On New Citi Field Dimensions

The New York Mets announced the new changes to the outfield wall at Citi Field with a media tour on Tuesday led by Jeff Wilpon and Sandy Alderson. The changes affected are located in center to right field ranging from three to 11 feet. All other dimensions will remain the same. “These modifications are a refinement of previous changes made to the Citi Field fences and continue...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Three ways the Castergine-Wilpon lawsuit could affect the Mets

Over the past few months, there has been some discussion over the potentially despicable acts of Jeff Wilpon. Which time you ask? Well, this time it is the allegation of Jeff Wilpon verbally harassing the former Executive Vice President for Marketing and Ticket Sales about her out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Originally her firing seemed like a reasonable response to the dip in ticket sales...
Via Mets360.com
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Judge Grants Request To Grill Jeff Wilpon For 14 Hours In Discrimination Lawsuit

The Daily News is reporting that lawyers for Leigh Castergine were granted permission Friday by Federal Judge William Kuntz to question Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon for what could be a grueling 14 hours. Castergine is the former team executive who is suing Jeff Wilpon and Sterling Mets for gender discrimination and maintaining a hostile work environment after she was allegedly fired...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Winning Is The Only Known Cure For Fan Apathy

You may have heard the Mets announced some new uniform changes for 2015 this morning… Well whoop-dee-freaking-doo… There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned uniform tweak to excite the masses and get them to closet their old jerseys and buy some new ones. Cha-ching… If they really want to excite me in November, how about they tweak our dysfunctional ownership group and make...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

How Important Is Winning?

Can you imagine Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson or Fred and Jeff Wilpon ever uttering those words? Me either. Winning has become so far removed from the Mets lexicon that even a sixth straight losing season failed to ruffle any feathers or cause an ounce of grief in the executive offices at Citi Field. There were no outward appearances of disappointment from either Mets ownership...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Wilpon Denies Claims In Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

In papers filed with the court on Friday, Jeff Wilpon and Sterling Mets finally responded to the allegations in the discrimination lawsuit brought against them by former senior vice president of marketing and ticket sales Leigh Castergine. They denied claims that Castergine was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried. “Wilpon at all times treated Plaintiff fairly and without...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Wilpon Says No On Joe Maddon

2:30 PM Marc Carig of Newsday tweets: Asked a few folks if there was any scenario in which the Mets could have Joe Maddon managing for them by opening day. The answer? No. And furthering that, Jon Heyman tweeted: Received emphatic, concise response from Mets Jeff Wilpon. “No — we are not changing managers.” 2:00 PM According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Joe Maddon’s...
Via Mets Merized Online
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Twitter Tuesday: New York Jets fans calling for GM John Idzik Jr.’s head

You can say a lot of things about New York Jets fans, (and a lot of people do), but they do know where to place the blame when their team is losing games. Many fans hang everything on their quarterback without thinking twice about it, some people have a knee-jerk blame-the-head-coach reaction, but Jets fans have hit the nail on the head this time around. The fault lies with general...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

MMO Trade Target: Starlin Castro, SS

The Mets have a solid foundation of pitching to go with a young core of position players, many of whom emerged as stars in 2014.  The team is no longer looking to rebuild, their disenchanted fan base has high expectations and a New York based franchise stocked with farm talent should have no trouble making a high impact acquisition in the offseason. In all reality, the winter spending...
Via Mets Merized Online
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Featured Post: More Flexibility Does Not Mean More Spending Or Higher Payroll

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York takes an educated guess that Mets payroll in 2015 will flirt with $100 million. I’m sorry, but I can’t see that happening after weeks of the general manager himself cautioning it would remain around the same $84 million, and the team’s COO Jeff Wilpon saying we shouldn’t expect a spike. Yes, they have to address arbitration and contractual raises...
Via Mets Merized Online
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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