Fred Wilpon named new Chairman of MLB Finance Committee

Posted: January 21, 2015 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Photo by NBC Sports

Photo by NBC Sports

With the upcoming switch from Bud Selig to his hand-picked successor, Rob Manfred, as MLB’s commissioner, Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon has not lost his standing within baseball.

The elder Wilpon will be the new chairman of the MLB’s Finance Committee, according to the Daily News. This is not a joke.
Selig, the biggest supporter of Wilpon, is retiring at the end of this week. It seemed like conventional wisdom to Met fans that once Selig left the new commissioner would put some pressure on the Wilpon’s to spend money on the Mets payroll. That no longer seems to be the case and the chances of the Mets payroll going up in upcoming seasons looks unlikely.

The Mets 2014 payroll was around $92 million which was the lowest for the franchise since the 2000 season. The 2014 payroll also ranked 21st in baseball and won’t be more than a few million dollars more in 2015.

Should baseball step in and force the Mets to spend money?

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Only the other owners themselves can decide if Fred and Jeff stay or must leave. The commissioner works for them. So, one hand washes the other. One consideration here is that with Fred now involved with finances on a league level, he will be watched more carefully because everything he either does or does not do will be subject to the examination of 29 other MLB owners. Also, Fred may now be positioned to benefit by strengthening his own network with the other owners. That network if properly handled by Fred could make other teams more willing and able to work with Fred’s GM on trades and all other intra-team communications. This could be a good thing for Mets fans. Enough said. Lets watch and see how all of this plays out. Sterling Equities still has more debt in 2015 to clear before the Mets can begin to operate in the same way other big market teams already operate. Fred could use some schooling, in my opinion, from teams like the Cards, Giants, Red Sox and Dodgers on how to run a major market MLB team. Hopefully, for us fans, there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel and seemingly endless tunnel either with or without Fred and Jeff at the helm. Thanks, Mike

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