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August 7, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
A co-owner of the New York Mets accused baseball commissioner Bud Selig of conspiring with a former Arthur Andersen accountant to "manufacture phantom operating losses" in the team's books. Nelson Doubleday, in papers filed yesterday in federal court in New York, said the commissioner's office was "in cahoots" with Fred Wilpon, his co-owner, to put an artificially low value on the team. Wilpon is attempting to buy out Doubleday under the provisions of an agreement they made when they bought the team in 1986.
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May 25, 2011
Greedy in Milwaukee The Brewers knew their mascot was popular, but when the team decided to hide 1,400 lawn statues of "Bernie Brewer" around town early Tuesday it generated chaos. The well-intentioned idea of "Where's Bernie?" was that fans would find the statues, some with tickets, prizes, and player autographs attached. But it didn't take long before social networking websites were buzzing with complaints about fans staking out workers who were stashing the statues, then snapping up Bernies as soon as they were hidden.
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July 17, 1997 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The New York Mets fired general manager Joe McIlvaine and replaced him with his assistant, Steve Phillips, team coowner Fred Wilpon said yesterday. Wilpon said McIlvaine had been offered "a major position" to remain with the organization. McIlvaine's four-year contract expires after the season. The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, citing unidentified sources inside and outside the organization, said the work ethic and "erratic behavior" displayed by McIlvaine - which included a verbal rampage over a news report - could be the grounds behind the dismissal.
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August 27, 1993 | Daily News Wire Services
Vince Coleman, facing a felony charge after throwing a powerful firecracker at fans, is finished with the New York Mets. The Mets, fed up with an array of trouble this season, said yesterday the 31-year-old outfielder will not return to the club this season. Team president Fred Wilpon went even further. Wilpon said, Coleman "will not play here again as a Met" no matter what the outcome of his Oct. 8 arraignment in Los Angeles on a felony charge of possession of an explosive device.
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October 17, 2000 | by Paul Hagen, Daily News Sports Writer
One of the fascinating subtexts of the Mets' rampaging run through the playoffs and into the World Series has been the distinctly uncomfortable relationship between manager Bobby Valentine and general manager Steve Phillips. Even though the Mets eliminated the Cardinals from the NLCS with a 7-0 win last night at Shea Stadium, it is a subject that starkly contrasts with the jubilation displayed afterward. The situation festered all summer. And there have been two examples in just the last week in which Valentine appeared to go out of his way to take a shot at his boss.
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June 26, 1999 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Cablevision, the majority owner of New York's Madison Square Garden, the NBA's Knicks and the NHL's Rangers, is close to buying the Mets, the Record of Hackensack, N.J., reported yesterday. Citing two high-ranking team officials it did not identify, the newspaper said that the deal could be announced within a week. The officials said the price would be "in the neighborhood" of $400 million, but the newspaper said others estimated the price as high as $500 million. Nelson Doubleday, who owns 50 percent of the baseball team, refused to confirm or deny the report when contacted by the Associated Press.
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September 2, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Looks as if unhappy days will continue for those threadbare New York Metropolitans, after the Mets owners announced the deal to sell a minority stake to hedge fund manager David Einhorn for $200 million is kaput. The ownership group, led by Fred Wilpon , has been mired in a legal and financial swamp after making investments with Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff . A court trustee trying to recover losses for the scam's victims made a $1 billion claim against the team, which denied wrongdoing.
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May 24, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Jose Reyes isn't worth all the money he wants. Carlos Beltran is no longer a top-tier player. David Wright isn't a superstar. Those aren't merely the opinions of some disgruntled New York Mets fan. Those thoughts come straight from the owner of the team. Fred Wilpon had sharp words for the all-stars and his teetering team in a newly released profile in the New Yorker. He made the comments during the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros on April 20. "Lousy clubs, that's what happens," Wilpon remarked after the Mets missed an early chance to score, then gave up some runs.
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February 6, 2009 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Derek Jeter, the New York captain, said yesterday he will play for the United States against the Yankees in a spring-training game on March 3. "Hopefully, I won't see any pitches inside," joked Jeter, who will be playing for the U.S. team in a warm-up for the World Baseball Classic. "It will be funny. It will be fun. " Jeter also played for the U.S. team in the initial WBC three years ago. The United States' first game is March 7 against Canada in Toronto. Swindled. Since there were a number of Mets references on Bernard Madoff's client list, the club released a statement insisting again that its business will not be affected by the reported loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in the alleged Ponzi scheme.
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August 8, 2002 | Daily News Wire Services
Baseball players ended decades of opposition to mandatory drug testing yesterday by agreeing to be checked for illegal steroids starting next year. Under the proposal, which addresses one of the key issues in contract talks, players would be subjected to one or more unannounced tests in 2003 to determine the level of steroid use. If the survey showed "insignificant" use, a second round of tests would be set up in 2004 to verify the results. If more than 5 percent of the tests were positive in either survey, players would be randomly tested for 2 years.
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September 2, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Looks as if unhappy days will continue for those threadbare New York Metropolitans, after the Mets owners announced the deal to sell a minority stake to hedge fund manager David Einhorn for $200 million is kaput. The ownership group, led by Fred Wilpon , has been mired in a legal and financial swamp after making investments with Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff . A court trustee trying to recover losses for the scam's victims made a $1 billion claim against the team, which denied wrongdoing.
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June 15, 2011
By Paul Jablow With 40 wins and 120 losses, the original New York Mets were the universe's revenge on manager Casey Stengel for all his success with the Yankees. But that was in 1962, so long ago that I had all but forgotten them - until a couple of weeks ago. That was when I made my first trip to Citi Field, the home of other dreadful Mets teams since 2009. The experience reminded me that there are advantages to rooting for a loser - advantages that we Philadelphians are in danger of forgetting in the era of Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard, and Charlie Manuel.
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May 26, 2011 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
Sex sells, but so does schadenfreude. The public's appetite for bad news concerning the rich and famous is nearly impossible to sate. The more embarrassing the tale, the more it tends to interest people. According to the New York Times, TMZ, Radar, and other scandal peddlers pull in more than $3 billion annually. It took me a while to digest that figure at first, partly because I've never been an Access Hollywood type of guy. I don't care which Dancing With the Stars entrant is two-stepping outside his marriage, and I don't spend much time thinking about former bodybuilders/politi- cians who father children out of wedlock.
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May 25, 2011
Greedy in Milwaukee The Brewers knew their mascot was popular, but when the team decided to hide 1,400 lawn statues of "Bernie Brewer" around town early Tuesday it generated chaos. The well-intentioned idea of "Where's Bernie?" was that fans would find the statues, some with tickets, prizes, and player autographs attached. But it didn't take long before social networking websites were buzzing with complaints about fans staking out workers who were stashing the statues, then snapping up Bernies as soon as they were hidden.
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May 24, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Jose Reyes isn't worth all the money he wants. Carlos Beltran is no longer a top-tier player. David Wright isn't a superstar. Those aren't merely the opinions of some disgruntled New York Mets fan. Those thoughts come straight from the owner of the team. Fred Wilpon had sharp words for the all-stars and his teetering team in a newly released profile in the New Yorker. He made the comments during the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros on April 20. "Lousy clubs, that's what happens," Wilpon remarked after the Mets missed an early chance to score, then gave up some runs.
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February 3, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Sometimes sports is like one of those 3-D paintings that were so popular in the '90s. The closer you get, the fuzzier it looks. This past week, amid the Chicken Little coverage of winter weather, these three sports-related developments raised plenty of questions: 1. Bernie Madoff influenced the Mets' financial decisions.   There's always plenty of puzzlement surrounding the Mets. Who does Jose Reyes' hair? How'd they end up with a triple-A rotation? And will new manager Terry Collins have to stand on a box at news conferences?
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February 6, 2009 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Derek Jeter, the New York captain, said yesterday he will play for the United States against the Yankees in a spring-training game on March 3. "Hopefully, I won't see any pitches inside," joked Jeter, who will be playing for the U.S. team in a warm-up for the World Baseball Classic. "It will be funny. It will be fun. " Jeter also played for the U.S. team in the initial WBC three years ago. The United States' first game is March 7 against Canada in Toronto. Swindled. Since there were a number of Mets references on Bernard Madoff's client list, the club released a statement insisting again that its business will not be affected by the reported loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in the alleged Ponzi scheme.
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December 16, 2008 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When two FBI agents first approached accused fraud artist Bernard Madoff in his luxury Manhattan home last week, he all but turned himself in. After Madoff invited them inside, the agents began by asking whether there was an innocent explanation for the billions of dollars missing from Madoff's investment fund. "There is no innocent explanation," Madoff allegedly said before detailing a multiyear fraud that has generated shock waves in the United States and Europe. Five days after his arrest on one count of securities fraud, the list of bilked investors continues to grow.
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November 22, 2005 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Billy Wagner is closing in on 300 career saves, and Tom Glavine is approaching 300 career wins. Maybe they will continue their quests for those milestones as New York Mets teammates next season. Glavine, the 275-game winner who rejected an offer from the Phillies to sign with the Mets three years ago, was one of Wagner's tour guides during a recruiting visit to the New York area yesterday. Wagner, the top closer on the free-agent market, will conclude his two-day visit to New York today.
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