Wilpon's candid comments (and Toobin's insight)

In a 10,000-word article for the New Yorker, which is mostly about how Fred Wilpon built Sterling Enterprises, the team’s chairman and chief executive makes several curious comments about his team to author Jeffrey Toobin, such as:

  • “(Jose Reyes) thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money. … He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it.”
  • “We had some schmuck in New York who paid (Carlos Beltran) based on that one series. He’s sixty-five to seventy percent of what he was.”
  • “(David Wright is a) really good kid. A very good player. Not a superstar.”
  • “(Ike Davis is a) Good hitter. … Shitty team – good hitter.”
  • “We’re snakebitten, baby.”

In an e-mail to Toobin for the article, Bernie Madoff says Wilpon and Saul Katz were not very stock market savvy, instead saying, “They were strictly Real Estate people. … They were not in a position to perform the necessary due diligence and did not have access to necessary financial info or records.”

Updated at 8:48 am:

The New Yorker author, Jeffrey Toobin, just talked with WFAN and said:

  • He met five different times with Fred Wilpon.
  • Talking with Wilpon was like sitting with another Mets fan, ‘The views he expressed are very common among Mets fans.”
  • The Mets have been VERY frustrated with how they’ve been portrayed by the media, in regards to the Madoff story.
  • After spending time with Fred and the team, he believes that in all likelihood they will try to re-sign Reyes and keep David Wright, but, after that, “there will be a huge house cleaning.”
  • “If the they lose this lawsuit, they will have to sell the Mets.”
  • The Mets will bring in a minority shareholder at some point this summer.
  • “Fred is a stand-up guy,” “I don’t think he’s going to deny these statements.”
  • They are betting the team on Sandy Alderson.

To listen to Toobin’s interview, keep an eye on WFAN.com.