August 7, 2002 |
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.
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.
July 17, 1997 |
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.
August 27, 1993 |
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.
October 17, 2000 |
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.
June 26, 1999 |
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.
September 2, 2011 |
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.
May 24, 2011 |
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.
February 6, 2009 |
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.
August 8, 2002 |
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.