Must Read: The Wilpon Family Chronicles (New York Times)

Stop everything and read this New York Times article called The Wilpon Family Chronicles.

It’s the good version of the story the Post’s hacks have been trying to write for a decade now, and mainly focuses on Jeff Wilpon.

I saw a good tweet the other day (from @toogooden16)  that pointed out that Sterling Whatever is a family business, and if we are hearing that nobody wants Jeff in charge that means that they’d rather not have the baseball team than work with their nephew/cousin/brother.  Wow.

Here’s a small taste…

Soon after Matsui joined the Mets in 2004 and reported to spring training, he injured his finger. Jeff Wilpon was adamant that Matsui play in televised spring training games to build excitement for the season after a last-place finish a year earlier. Bruce was more protective of Matsui and urged caution.

The disagreement came to a head when Jeff, seeing a promotional opportunity, wanted Matsui on the field. Bruce pushed back. The argument grew heated and ugly, as Jeff dug in. After that, Bruce rarely, if ever, was involved with the team again

 

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Uni Watch on what Steve Cohen could mean for the future of Mets uniforms

Here’s a good read for y’all.  It’s from our old friend Uni Watch Paul Lukas, and I don’t want to excerpt too much as you should read the entire thing…but the basic premise is wondering aloud about rich guys buying sports teams and what it might mean for uniforms.   Read it.

And like many fabulously wealthy people, he may have a high regard for his own tastes. Maybe he’s been spending much of his life thinking, “If I ever get to own this team, first thing I’m gonna do is fix those (Alosno-word-bleeped) uniforms.”

And yes I am aware that this morning I complained about COULD articles and then I put a COULD headline out there and linked to a sort-of COULD article – except Paul’s article is well thought out and has actual points.  It’s not just COULD Cohen change the uniforms to pink?    (Also the secret to life is that we all live long enough to become everything we originally hated.  See Howard Stern if you want a massive example.)

Also I hear Syndergaard could be traded to the Yankees last summer, but I digress.

My take on the Uni Future:  Cohen is 63 and from Long Island and is a Mets fan.   That makes him 21 in 1977, and makes him a teenager in 1969.  Everything there profiles that Tom Seaver would be his favorite player.  I think we’re pretty safe on the uniform front.

My take on retired numbers:  Hey this guy should also profile as someone who might open the floodgates to retiring 8, 17, 5 and yeah even 15 depending on how much of a disaster this summer is.

 

Mets Police Morning Laziness: let’s all learn more about new Mets owner Steve Cohen, shall we?

I will start with the NOT LINKING – I want to link to the Post where someone named Josh Kosman with one O has an article that actually brings up the real estate portion of this whole Wilpon/Cohen deal.  You know, the whole 126th Street Development thing?  Unfortunately, Mr. Kosman’s article just has a “could” premise and there is no meat there.  Thus I shall not waste your time other than to pass along that the Wilpon/Cohen deal COULD have a real estate portion.  Yes, it COULD.  They also COULD deal me in and make me the General Manager.  I’ll link when there’s an actual story.

But the Post is all about the Mets today.   Here’s a phrase that terrifies me…

“There’s that bad-ass trader element with him,” a person who worked with Cohen said of him, on the condition of anonymity. “He’s still on the job making dough, so why not spend it?” (via article that basically says nothing other than Cohen COULD choose to spend money.)

Oh great, a bad ass trader element.  Great.

Look guys, when I started doing the Wags character a year ago I didn’t think we were gong to get Bobby Axelrod in here too.

Let’s just say…

 

But not everything is terrible.   There’s this about my man Wags!

A source familiar with the negotiations indicated Thursday that while Van Wagenen wasn’t blindsided by the team’s announcement this week (he previously was informed of the possible sale), he clearly didn’t know about a potential ownership change when he arrived to his new position in October last year.

“Short term, [Van Wagenen] is fine,” the source said. “But I think he’s screwed.” (via NY Post)

So lots of Mets content in the Post today, it might actually be worth the quarter or seven bucks or however much a newspaper costs now.  I haven’t bought one in 10 years.   Is the Daily News still a thing that exists?  I don’t know, but the New York Times sure is and let me make sure you see their headline…

Now I really really really want you to read their article all the way until you get to this part.

“When we let rich malefactors skate free,” he told me, “they take over ball clubs, are feted as philanthropists and even can ascend to the highest position in American government.”

That’s YOU right now.  You’re so excited to get rid of the Wilpons that you aren’t paying attention to who is walking in the door.   Read the article folks.

SLACKISH REACTION:  Thank you newspapers for paying attention, especially you New York Times (to which I DO subscribe digitallybecause they don’t have COULD articles).    Too many Mets fans don’t ever think anything out.  They accept The Narrative and The Group Think.  Sometimes it’s that Mickey Hodges is in town, and sometimes it’s SELL THE TEAM.

Oh and another thing…

“Buying a sports team is [considered] the last great tax shelter out there,” Michael Breit, partner-in-charge of EisnerAmper’s Sports and Entertainment Group, told FOX Business, adding that billionaires are often able to write off the billion-dollar team purchase values over the course of 15 years.

As noted by the IRS, typically 90 percent – sometimes even more – of the assets of a sports franchise are considered intangibles, including player contracts, media rights and the franchise itself.

The value of intangible assets can be lowered through amortization over a period of 15 years per a 2004 law (the American Jobs Creation Act).  via Fox Business

 

The Mets also made some player moves yesterday.  They are boring moves.  Scroll down the blog to read those.

Cohen Era Mets Make More Moves – sign Jarrett Parker and Max Moroff!

Steve Cohen is not messing around!
Sure the Mets lost of the Five Aces to a division rival yesterday, but clearly Steve Cohen is serious about making the Mets better with all of today’s big moves!
METS SIGN OF JARRETT PARKER AND INF MAX MOROFF
TO MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTS
FLUSHING, N.Y., December 5, 2019 – The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed outfielder Jarrett Parker and infielder Max Moroff to minor league contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training. They join Chasen Shreve who signed a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training in November.

Parker, 30, has appeared in parts of four major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and the San Francisco Giants. The left-handed hitter owns a career .249/.330/.441 slash line with a .771 OPS, 17 doubles, 15 home runs and 51 RBI in 140 games.

The 6-4 outfielder appeared in five games with the Angels in 2019 but spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Salt Lake. Parker hit .266/.394/.535 with a .929 OPS, 71 runs, 19 doubles, 24 home runs, 75 RBI and 72 walks in 96 games with Salt Lake. Overall, in eight minor league seasons, Parker has hit .261/.368/.464 with a .832 OPS, 127 home runs and 445 RBI.

The University of Virginia Cavalier was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round (74thoverall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Moroff, 26, has appeared in 104 career games over four major league seasons between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians. He has seven homers and 34 RBI in the majors. He has played second base, third base and shortstop at the major league level.

The 5-11 190-pounder split the 2019 season between the Indians and Triple-A Columbus. Moroff appeared in 22 games in the major leagues last year at second base, shortstop and third base.

The right-handed hitter has compiled a career .251/.358/.382 slash line with a .739 OPS, 384 runs, 127 doubles, 21 triples, 51 homers, 291 RB and 73 stolen bases in 703 minor league games.

Moroff was born in Winter Park, FL and was originally drafted by the Pirates in the 16th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Trinity Prep School in Florida.