A Million Dollars A Game For The Mets

How crappy are things for the Mets?
The Mets and their fans are looking at a $162 million settlement as a POSITIVE development.

Hey! It wasn’t a billion dollars that the Wilpons et al have to pay regarding the Madoff scandal!
It isn’t $393 million.

It’s just one million dollars for every single game played this year.
I don’t care if they don’t have to pay anything for a few years or what further settlements can be reached in those four years to lower their payments. Or if the Wilpons themselves will get any money back that they were swindled from.

There still is no hope in Metsville.
Why?
Because the turkeys who put them in this position ARE STILL THERE!

Remember how people were upset how some of the same people who tanked the economy were put in charge in trying to fix it?

How is that different than the Mets?
The same people who took every single outrageous example and ran the team into the ground are still here.

Why would anyone have anything resembling trust or faith that the Wilpons will do the right thing going forward?

The Wilpons have been involved with the Mets since 1980 but Fred has been the chairman of the board since 2003 and been in charge since then.

The Brewers have made more playoff appearances than the Mets since then.
They’ve gone through managers, general managers, made horrific signings, lousy trades, had two monumental faceplants, one disgraceful managerial firing and have destroyed all the good will among a fanbase despite a new stadium and TV Network.

They have taken every advantage of playing in New York and made it a disadvantage.
On the other side of town the Yankees are spending more than a million dollars a game on players. Yeah it is decadent and has led the Yankees to only one trip to the World Series in the past 8 seasons, but there is no wondering what the priority of the team is there.

Exactly what is it going to take to have Selig intervene and force the Mets to sell?
Say what you want about the Dodgers fiasco. At least they have a winning product on the field and will have a new owner before long.

I have no doubt that in the next 2 or 3 seasons, the Dodgers will win the National League West and be a pennant contender.

Can ANYONE say that about the Mets? Can anyone look at the Mets in this Division with this much young talent and say they are better than a 4th place team?

And what exactly about the Mets under the Wilpons recently make you think things will turn around?

They are slashing payroll, which might actually be a smart thing to do. I mean why RAISE the payroll when you have no chance.

But someone else needs to drive the car.
Just remember, Met fans. The Wilpons will shell out a million dollars a game to make up for their screw up.

Would YOU still have your job if you did that?
Would your boss still have theirs?

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MLB needs to take the Mets away from the Wilpons

The Mets have become the walking argument AGAINST the notion that you need to be in a big market to succeed.

How about New York?
Is that a big enough market for you?

Want more revenue streams than New York City?
How about a new stadium?
How about a new TV network?

Nope?
I’m not just talking about putting an uninspired team on the field (three straight losing seasons) and I’m not just talking about them losing stars. (I actually think after three straight losing seasons with no end in sight it is smart to shed payroll and go young.)

I’m talking about how the team is run.

Only the Yankees have the advantage that the Mets have. New York! The New York media. The New York spotlight. THE Metropolis that is baseball first. And a passionate fanbase that as recently as 2008 made the Mets the best draw in the National League.

The Wilpons took all those advantages and needed a $25 million loan from baseball to stay afloat.

And guess what? They need ANOTHER $40 million loan now!

I can understand if this were Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Oakland or San Diego.
They are small cities with low revenue streams.

Not the Mets.

Mix this in with the whole Madoff mess and MLB needs to intervene.
Seriously, they did with McCourt and the Dodgers. The McCourts took a crown jewel franchise, drove them into bankruptcy court and Selig and company intervened.

They clearly couldn’t run the team.

Well if the Mets have to keep loans to stay afloat and can’t make a BASEBALL TEAM IN NEW YORK PROFITABLE… then why should they be allowed to run the team?

Baseball is healthiest when each team can put a good product on the field (and the number of different division winners over the last decade shows that we are getting closer to that.)

But it also helps to have a team in New York and Los Angeles be at least competitive. They make for good villains and bring a lot of casual fans to the gates.

(At least the Dodgers with all the bankruptcy mess put a winning product on the field in 2011!)

The Phillies, Braves and Marlins should be competitive next year. If the Mets were halfway decent, it would be the most exciting Division in baseball.

For now they need to rebuild. And who knows? Maybe in a few years they will be a pennant contender.

But it won’t happen with the Wilpons in control.
They have proven that they can’t run the team.

Now Met fans have a tendency to write nasty things to me. They think I am trashing their team constantly and have some sort of vendetta.

Nothing could be further from the truth.
I’d like to see the Mets become successful.
I like David Wright and Johan Santana.
Many friends of mine are Met fans and I’d like to see them be happy.

This isn’t me picking on your team.
This is me being outraged and you Met fans should be the angriest of all!

Somewhere out there is a business man or woman who is smart enough to run a baseball team in New York and make a profit while putting a winning team on the field.

Go find the next Mets owner.
And if you want to write something mean to me, use your time and energy towards the Mets and MLB.

They are keeping the team afloat.
They should go bankrupt and have someone turn the Mets around.

Remove the Wilpons.
We can ALL agree on THAT.

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Mattingly and Collins deserve Manager of the Year consideration

It’s obvious that Kirk Gibson is going to win the National League manager of the year. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY was picking the Diamondbacks to win the NL West this year, let alone take an 8 1/2 game lead in early September.

So Gibson will add a Manager of the Year trophy next to his MVP (which will no doubt be the subject of another blog post.)

But take a look at what Don Mattingly and Terry Collins have done. Both are playing for big budgeted fiascos. The Dodgers have had as ugly a season as I can remember with all of the behind the scenes nonsense. The McCourt divorce. The handling of the Brian Stowe beating. The MLB take over. The Bankruptcy. The money being taken out of the team for personal reasons. The fans staying away in droves.

There was every reason in the world for the Dodgers to pack up and not show up. And for a while that is exactly what they were doing.

The Mets were also a mess. I thought they were a 90 loss team waiting to happen. The post Madoff Amazin’ Mess was a mismatch of broken down veterans, expensive players who wanted out, young players who weren’t ready and a parade of players on the disabled list.

And playing in the same Divison as the Phillies and Braves meant the season was irrelevant in April. And come trading deadline, they were sellers.

90 losses may have been a generous prediction.

Yet here we are on September 10th. The Dodgers are just 1 game under .500.
The Mets are 2 games under .500.

It would not take a Herculean effort for both teams to finish with a winning record.

The Dodgers are aided by the fact that Clayton Kershaw should win the NL Cy Young and there is a case for Matt Kemp to win the MVP.

The Mets don’t have that star power, but they are finding unlikely heroes and staying focused in a way that I didn’t think they had in them.

So give Don Mattingly and Terry Collins a lot of credit.
Both the Dodgers and Mets are ugly places off of the field and if the on field product reflected that, nobody would have blinked.

But if they could weather the storm of the craziness of 2011 and say “Hey! At least we put a winning product on the field” then THAT is worthy of Manager of the Year consideration.

Color me impressed, Dodger and Met fans.

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