Bud Selig

The Mets while Bud Selig’s been at the helm

At the end of this season, Allan H. “Bud” Selig will have acted as commissioner of Major League Baseball over the last 23 seasons, beginning on September 9, 1992. He will be replaced by Rob Manfred for 2015.

How have the Mets done during Selig’s tenure? To date, they’re 1711-1769 — a .492 winning percentage — in regular-season games.

One of Selig’s most notorious changes to the game was the introduction of the Wild Card (now two Wild Cards) and the divisional round of the playoffs. The Mets benefitted from this twice, making the postseason as the Wild Card in 1999 and 2000. This new rule gave the Mets a way to make the playoffs twice within the Braves’ stretch of 12 straight division titles.

Overall, the Mets made the playoffs three times in Selig’s tenure, the third being the 2006 division title.

The team’s best winning percentage over the last 23 years was their 2006 mark of .599. Their worst came in 1993, at .364.

Another Selig addition to the game was interleague play. The Mets’ all time record in interleague play is .510 (149-143).




37 comments
Bryan McEntee
Bryan McEntee

Why would Selig force the Wilpons to sell? On what grounds? Not spending money? Selig hasn't forced out any of the other owners who don't spend money. Nintendo has billions but they keep the Mariner's payroll low. No one is saying they should sell their team. The McCourt situation was different as he was attempting to negotiate a long term TV deal that would have seriously jeopardized the franchise long term. He was hurting the team for his own benefit. Wilpons may do some foolish things at times but can you honestly say they are harming the Mets long term? No. If your only argument is that they play in a big market and should spend like it, that's just plain fan boy silliness. In fact the commissioner probably WANTS the payroll low. Look what the Yankees did to skyrocket salaraies. That's just one franchise. Two franchises in New York doing that? It would kill off the Padres, Royals, Pirates, etc who can just barely compete now.

gpopper
gpopper

This entire piece on Selig has to be a joke, right? He's kept the Wilpons as owners when it was obvious to everyone on the planet they needed to go. He helped pump up the steroid era until it got so out of hand that he was left with no choice but to do something about it. IMHO, he's single handedly done more to destroy the sport of baseball than just about any other commissioner. We can only hope the next commissioner does a better job, but seeing he's a buddy of Selig, I'm not holding my breath. A disgusting shame on so many levels.

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Commissioner of PEDS and Drugs,Leader of The Gang of Crooks!

Jay Cross
Jay Cross

How about Selig's cartel-like backscratching of kicking out Frank McCourt and leaving us Mets fans to rot under an insolvent owner because he's Bud's friend. That's the real legacy as far as I'm concerned. 

qualcomm
qualcomm

Let's also talk about Mets payroll since Bud's helped his friend rebuild Ebbets Field. It's averaged out to just under 100 million, which includes an exaggerated year of 130+.

In that time, they've gotten a huge bump in revenue due to revenue sharing, they've averaged 2.5 million anyway per season and have averaged almost 90 losses a year. 

Thanks Bud.

Joe Hernandez
Joe Hernandez

Exactly. The NFL will continue to be the premier league in this country. Mlb needed fresh blood.

bsp123
bsp123

Nice Wilpon sanctioned piece. The guy helped destroy this organization by not holding the Wilpons accountable and booting them out of town.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Lets hope the new MLB commissioner Manfred is not pals with the Wilpons like Selig is.

owlnut
owlnut

Don't forget,  the Mets also owe something else to Selig - Sandy Alderson. 

jimm1200
jimm1200

I like interleague play.  Good way to beat up on the Yankees.

matmil
matmil

Strange how consorting with known gamblers would get somebody banned from baseball but consorting with convicted swindlers gets you help from the commisisioners office.

matmil
matmil

What does the Selig retirement mean for the Fred and Jeff show is the overriding question.

Nick Waskiw
Nick Waskiw

Let's not forget the blind eye with what's going on with the Mets...if this was any other team there would have been new owners by now. I guess it pays to be butt buddies with the commissioner!

Jerome McCroy
Jerome McCroy

As long as it continues to be run by the good ol boys, nothing will change.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@bsp123 Everyone talks about how great Bud is because he made the owners a lot of money.   Who get's a fluck what the owners or players are making? The sport is WAY worse off than it's ever been, all the good American athletes are playing something else and he and Fred Wilpon have taken away much of what I enjoy about baseball.

Also, the steroid scandal began under his watch, which ruined all the records. Then while trying to get rid of it, he took away greenies so now everyone plays tired and the pitchers are all getting hurt because they tire quick and arm angle changes.

The man has a lot of friends in the media, because there's a total white washing going on.

Metsfan62
Metsfan62

@MetsFan1962  Well Manfred was best buds with Selig which means a free pass for Fred .

matmil
matmil

When Aldersons days with the Mets are over I'd like to know his real take on the Wilpons and their funny way of doing buisness.

4EverMets
4EverMets

@jimm1200  By the time the Mets are able to consistently do that, I'm sure MLB will eliminate interleague play.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@matmil You can't gamble with your money and stay in baseball... seems you only keep a team IF you gamble with other people's money. 

Pete Rose should have tried pyramid schemes rather than sports betting; Bud might have given him his own franchise by now. 

rico
rico

@matmil nothing the commish is hired by the owners.  the wilpons were one of the 22 teams that first balloted him.  

4EverMets
4EverMets

@matmil  Not a damn thing!! This is the man the Wilpons wanted to take over. We are still in the sheetstorm!!!

jimm1200
jimm1200

@matmil considering that Manfred is just an extension of Bud, I think the same. 

rico
rico

@Nick Waskiw what makes you think that? fiscal restraint is the new order of the day for almost every team that isn't the Yankees and the Dodgers. 


Now before you go bashing the mets some more PLEASE google 2015-16 Free Agents and look under "outfielders"…on that list tell us who you want Sandy to pay for?   To me the cupboard is bare which means the Mets will have to do it via trade which will be interesting and of course controversial

qualcomm
qualcomm

That's the story of this whole country in a way. 

roman411
roman411

...to your point...I am curious to see how the new Commissioner handles the $hit show that is the Wilpons.

crafalko17
crafalko17

@matmil He was brought here to stabilize the Mets financially. If they aren't stable yet, then they need to sell. It's been 5 years. Time to start spending, this is the biggest market in the world and we honestly all want to go to games, but not until you show us that you are committed to winning.

matmil
matmil

Maybe Manfred wants to crack down on ethics in the game.

matmil
matmil

Freddy Wilpons is an old school Brooklyn boy. Set in his ways and still counting his nickels. His kid looks clueless. Ripe for some smooth talking con man to walk in and take over. A New York Tale if I ever heard one.

matmil
matmil

You never know old Manfred might want to be his own man. Go from obscurity to notoriety in one swoop.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@rico Hanley is available at shortstop, Cano was available last year, we could have traded for Braun when he was on the outs..

The issue is the fact that the opportunity isn't always there, but when it is, you need to act.  At best they delay and need to settle for sloppy seconds and usually they just opt for the store brand option.

Sterling buildings probably all have leaky roofs.

4EverMets
4EverMets

@roman411  This new commish is EXACTLY the man the Wilpons wanted to take over so I would think that NOTHING is going to change.

John Ezell
John Ezell

@matmil What can he do? There is no more grounds for removal. The Wilpon's can have any type of Payroll they so choose. The only way they'll get removed is if the rest of the owners take up arms against them.


All we can hope for now is a better and brighter future with a franchise run under sound business practices and properly allocated payroll expenditures. Oh, and a few long term Mets faces to root for along the way would be nice.

lagaresgg
lagaresgg

I understand the dislike of ownership, but if you own something like a sports team no one should have the right to tell you to sell it or force you to sell. The mets were the only team in baseball I believe that were 100% owned by the owner. The Yankees really own over 40% I believe, not sure on the figure but they are able to spend because they have their money and the other owners monies.

qualcomm
qualcomm

@lagaresgg I disagree, I feel they should be held to a standard.  I feel it's more a public trust in it's essence and also a Co-Op situation, even though a man owns it.  It legally isn't, but it's not like owning a bagel store.  It also has elements of a Co-Op because all the teams need each other and Co-Op boards have rules.

The MTA runs the bridges, but they can't let the Whitestone Bridge deteriorate because it's needed.




rico
rico

@lagaresgg It's really a shame that owners don't obey every wacky request from every wacky alleged fan with a computer wants?