First off if you have not read Mike Vaccaro’s (NY Post) article in the NY Post last week you should. It is probably the best article written on the Mets to date, here is the link – http://bit.ly/1TlsDST
Now onto the Mets and their current situation. I am pulling for this Mets team to win. I am watching the making of what could be one of the best young pitching staffs in recent memory, and finally I am watching a team make moves and non-moves that is sending a BIG MARKET team spiraling out of contention. Tuesday’s game had three of the four hitters (6-9) in the order batting under .200. Yes that includes the pitcher but as many point out the pitchers are hitting better then the hitters. The Mets bench is a joke and their everyday line-up is made up of players who have no business being starters, maybe no business being major leaguers.
As I watched the game last night I could only think one thing, and this one thing has been on my mind for months. Why did MLB strip the Dodgers ownership of the team? Has MLB actually looked into the Mets owners viability to run a big market club? So I decided to look back today and see what I can find. The reading below is amazing.
Quotes from Bob Nightengale USA Today Article, 4/21/11 – Commissioner Bud Selig, angry and frustrated by the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ grave financial woes, stripped the team Wednesday from owner Frank McCourt and announced that Major League Baseball will seize immediate control of the franchise. “I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the club,” Selig said in a statement. ” … We owe it to their legion of loyal fans to ensure that this club is being operated properly now and guided appropriately in the future.”
This is just a super small sample of the whole story with the Dodgers. MLB did its due diligence to find all the facts and investigate how the Dodgers where being run into the ground and financial shape they were in. The Dodgers where forced to sell and since the sale of the team money has been invested back into the franchise to rejuvenate it. The Dodgers have been at the forefront of the NL West since then (Yes Giants have been wild card team) since MLB stepped in.
If you read the quote above from Selig you can say to yourself “This sounds very similar to the Mets issues right now”. Mets are a BIG MARKET Team and their payroll sits 21st in MLB according to Deadspin and SI. Just to see where that falls in terms of SMALL MARKET Teams (Deadspin/SI) = Seattle (12/11), Cincinnati (14/16, Kansas City (16/17), Minnesota (18/19) and Milwaukee (19/20). This just is not cutting it for a NY franchise.
In the end Mets fans have a right to be angry right now. This ownership has sat back and watched as the team drowned in injuries the past two months. They have not upgraded the team in anyway while the Braves, DBacks, Dodgers, Cubs and Mariners have all been able to make minor trades to help charge forward.
MLB it is time to look into the Mets or inform the fans if you already have. MLB sitting and watching this happen is as bad as Sandy Alderson sitting and watching the Mets drown in 4A players.