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Selig has lots of faith in Mets ownership

MLB commissioner Bud Selig has confidence in the Mets ownership and management, he told reporters in Denver (Star-Ledger, May 3).

This past spring, MLBPA union chief Tony Clark said the player’s union is aware of the decrease in spending by the Mets on player salaries compared to a few years ago and they are keeping a watchful eye.

“I have a lot of faith in not only the Wilpons but Sandy Alderson,” Selig said (Bergen Record, May 3). “I am not the least bit concerned about the Mets ability to compete at the major league level.”

Selig said he recently talked with Sandy Alderson, who gave assurances that young talent from the farm system is finally ready to help the Mets at the big-league level (Star-Ledger, May 3).




138 comments
Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

If it wasn't for Doubleday we wouldn't have had piazza

Fred and his side kick jeffy didn't want to spend the money

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

I thought they should have gone after will Myers I heard they were offered him

Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

What could Bud really do? Force the Wilpons to sell? For what reason? The Twins, Pirates, Padres, Rays, etc. spend no money and he's never asked those ownerships to sell. The previous Ranger's ownership got all the way to selling the franchise in bankruptcy court and Selig didn't do anything to prevent it. He only forced McCourt out because his actions were damaging the franchise long term. McCourt was about to sign a new 20 year tv deal for the Dodgers for way under market value because he needed a quick hit of cash for his impending divorce. He stepped in because the owner was about to hurt the franchise long term.  What do you expect him to do with the Mets, tell Fred to spend more than he can afford and put the team under even more debt ? If Wilpon were defaulting on his obligations that's one thing. But so far he hasn't.

John Schod
John Schod

He obviously doesn't care that attendance is almost half of what was at its peak or that a major market team is so cash strapped that it can't compete for players with the lowest echelon teams.

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

hey guys show you are true NYers by signing a petition or some stupid crap. lol mets ownership SUX!

wilpondscm
wilpondscm

what is selig going to say...the truth? whatever. selig should have stripped the mets as he did the dodgers. 


their madoff involvement either made them criminals or greedy idiots that endangered the welfare of the franchise. 

Craig Stein
Craig Stein

Glad Bud has lots of faith in Mets ownership....


.... he's the only one.

Michael Hennessy
Michael Hennessy

I'm so happy that Sandy says the young guys are ready to start helping the team. What he didn't say is that we still don't have a true power hitter, we don't have one in the minors that will be ready anytime soon and that the Mets won't spend money on hitters in the off season because he feels they have a 90 win team already 

Danny McCay
Danny McCay

Too bad Madoff didn't break the Wilpons...

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

The best was the letter to the fans. My answer is put a major league player at every position start winning on a consistent basis and the fans will come.

Wayno
Wayno

Any chance some hooker has recorded Fred saying racist things???

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

You have got to be kidding me with this garbage. I cannot wait for Selig to retire so we can get a commish in here that does his job and doesn't just try and help out his butt buddies. Selig has faith in our broke ownership? Seriously? This situation is only getting worse

lholztrio
lholztrio

After reading the comments below I am getting the feeling most people won't be signing the loyalty pledge.  Is that true?

greekgod
greekgod

Its like Hitler calling Lenin a moderate.

tbone1
tbone1

Fred Wilpon reminds of a Flasher. All he needs is a Trench Coat to go along with those sunglasses!

Kenneth Mullins
Kenneth Mullins

We will never win  with the Cheepons !!  Always  remember Nelson Doubleday say you can never trust the Wilpons !! You can put it in the books !!

Peter Loibl
Peter Loibl

I was about to pop open the champagne! But then I realized I read the headline incorrectly and it did not say "Selig has LOST faith in Mets ownership." Damn it!! 


Macacawitz
Macacawitz

The incompetence of the Wilpons has helped Selig's position enormously.  It makes it more difficult for small market teams to point at big market teams and scream about their unfair advantage.  All those against a salary cap can point at buffoon organizations like the Mets and Cubs and make the argument that their location does not guarantee success. 

kefhrny17
kefhrny17

Just stop the lying and bargin bin shopping. And trying to catch lighting in a bottle year after year. Most of us would care less who the owners were if they fielded a competent/ competitive team that would be fun to watch.

GhostofCasey
GhostofCasey

Isn't it true that Selig and Wilpon have a friendship that goes back many years?  Selig continues to cut slack for the Wilpons.  The Wilpons are Teflon coated under Selig.   Selig pushed Frank McCourt out of baseball and the Dodgers have been rejuvenated as a result.  Why won't he hold the Wilpons to the same standard?  I hope things change when Selig finally goes away.  

hankypanky
hankypanky

Selig probably doesn't realize it, but his close affiliation with the Wilpons is an embarrassment to all of baseball.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

At the end of the day, it's apparent that we are severely financially screwed, and I would guess we are going to have to make do with a max payroll of 90M going forward. Unfortunately that's going to mean dealing major league players off of our roster to move payroll. Maintaining that level of payroll is going to be tough and will mean we will have to look at the Niese, Gee, Murphy, Colon contracts as ones to possibly move in some form or fashion.

I still think SA signed Colon with the intent on hoping to flip him this trading deadline, including structuring his contract to move 2M of it into next year vs this year.  He has to do something because Gee's arb increase is going to be substantial, also have Murphy's money going up and even Meija starts arbitration this coming offseason. And with increases in Grandy, Niese and Colon's contracts set for next year we are in for some trouble. 

Thank god Lagares is so far looking like our cheap CF for the future. 


Derek Lee
Derek Lee

Of course he does there friends of his. Wilpons are morons with money

mets41
mets41

sure he has faith they are best buds and will not go against them and he is not looking out for the best intrest of baseball!!

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

Selig's faith means nothing, but hopefully the Mets will win in spite of their owners. That's our best realistic hope as long as they're here! 

j0sHi328
j0sHi328

Well good thing its Selig's last year, hopefully the next commish doesn't have faith in them

WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

"Sandy Alderson, who gave assurances that young talent from the farm system is finally ready to help the Mets at the big-league level"  but they take forever to call up anyone who actually might help. Keep calling in the same old do nothings.


And Selig doesn't know any better. I don't expect different from him.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

THE GUY WORKS FOR THE OWNERS. What is he supposed to say? Then again, given his track-record and wonderful ability to turn a blind-eye to the steroid problem (except when it benefited him--A-Rod) the guy would probably appoint Donald Sterling to Head of Minority Outreach. Tony Clark had a valid point. Talent at the minor league level?!? Any actual POSITION PLAYERS?

dannym28
dannym28

Lets Take the Wilpons and Push them somewhere else.

Phil Mancini
Phil Mancini

Hopefully when Selig retires in January the new commissioner's judgement won't be clouded by Selig's friendship with Wilpon. Then we could see some pressure from MLB  for Wilpon to sell. 

Frank Accardi
Frank Accardi

The wilpons hurt the franchise long term they should be forced out that was the 2ponzi scheme they were involved in

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

Totally agree. You couldn't have said it better especially the Tejada comment.

Howard McDonald
Howard McDonald

@Victor Triguero I totally agree with you. It's about the players, not the owners or management.


As far as Selig thinks, he's an idiot &  I sure won't miss him when he finally steps down

skillsets
skillsets

@Wayno We think that's more Fredo's style. Gets 'em from Moe Greene.

bleedblue4
bleedblue4

@Kenneth Meltsner Nimmo, Plawecki, Reynolds, and Smith to name a few. Herrera, Rosario do you need me to keep going? And to sit there and point out 1 GM when every GM turned a blind eye is short sided and ignorant. Stay away from the race jokes your not funny. Last time I checked the man has a world series ring. Sounds to me he knows a lot more then you do.

Nick Squatrito
Nick Squatrito

@bleedblue4 @Kenneth Meltsner  Plawecki - blocked by d'Arnaud, Smith- 3 years away, Herrera - probably a major league backup, Nimmo - Probably will never make it to the majors, Rosario - Can't hit, Reynolds - strike out machine. Our position prospects are terrible. The ONLY position players that will be good in our farm are Plawecki and Smith and like I said Smith is ways away and Plawecki is blocked and is most likely trade bait. Go ahead keep going....


PS - You actually left out the most major league ready of all our prospects, Puello. The guy can actually go 20/20 and will be a good player out of the mold of Kemp. The one guy we have who's actually good and you don't even no about him. Keep waiting on Nimmo...