Which Mets best represent the dysfunction and turmoil of the Wilpon era.

The All-Wilpon Team graphic, featuring players from across the Wilpon era
The All-Wilpon Team graphic, featuring players from across the Wilpon era

It’s time to name the Mets’ All-Wilpon Team starting lineup.

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Starting Lineup

After the 2007 season Paul Lo Duca’s contract was up and he never received a phone call from the Mets about returning. Baseball-wise it made some sense. Lo Duca, after two solid seasons in a Mets uniform, would be entering his age 36 season. But then the Mets replaced him with another aging backstop with comparable if not worse numbers in Brian Schneider. So what gives?

Turns out Lo Duca was beefing with Jeff Wilpon throughout his tenure. …


Which Mets best represent the dysfunction and turmoil of the Wilpon era.

The All-Wilpon Team graphic, featuring players from across the Wilpon era
The All-Wilpon Team graphic, featuring players from across the Wilpon era

It’s time to name the Mets All-Wilpon Team manager and executives i.e. the scapegoats.

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The Scapegoats

Why do we even know who Tony Bernazard is? Was he even real? Is he a Brockmire character? The assistant to the GM who wants to fight everyone surely must be made up, right?

If you don’t remember Tony Bernazard, he was Special Assistant to GM Omar Minaya and then the VP of Development under Minaya. …


Which Mets best represent the dysfunction and turmoil of the Wilpon era.

The All-Wilpon Team graphic, featuring players from across the Wilpon era
The All-Wilpon Team graphic, featuring players from across the Wilpon era

It’s time to name the Mets All-Wilpon Team bench and honorable mentions.

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Bench/Indefinite Injured List

You don’t have to be a brain surgeon, a trainer, or even Roger Goodell to know that if you have a concussion you shouldn’t fly.

On May 20, 2008 Church suffered a concussion when sliding into second base in an attempt to break up a double play. The Mets had him fly to Colorado two days later. He was used as a pinch hitter. He wasn’t placed on the disabled list until June 10th.

Church, who was in his first season with the Mets and on the verge of a breakout year, would never be the same. The concussion and how it was handled effectively ended his career as the post-concussion symptoms lingered for multiple seasons. …


Which Mets best represent the dysfunction and turmoil of the Wilpon era.

The All-Wilpon Team graphic, featuring players from across the Wilpon era
The All-Wilpon Team graphic, featuring players from across the Wilpon era

It’s time to name the Mets All-Wilpon Team bullpen.

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The Bullpen

Oliver Perez signed a three year $36 million contract in February 2009 after the Mets whiffed on Derek Lowe. Perez pitched to a 6.82 and 6.80 ERA in the first two years of his contract and became probably the most hated Mets player in recent memory before being released in March 2011. The Mets ate the remaining $12 million left on his deal.

Ollie tortured fans by refusing to accept a minor league assignment, walking 100 batters in 112 innings, and skipping over the foul line every single time he was taken out of the game. In case it wasn’t already clear, Perez never came close to living up his contract. …


Which Mets best represent the dysfunction and turmoil of the Wilpon era?

The All-Wilpon Team graphic, featuring players from across the Wilpon era
The All-Wilpon Team graphic, featuring players from across the Wilpon era

The 2020 New York Mets season ended in familiar fashion.

Thanks to their 26–34 record and last place finish, the Mets missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season in a year in which eight of 15 National League teams advanced to October baseball.

Unfortunately, this is and has been the norm. This is the 12th losing season in the last 18 years since the Wilpons gained sole control of the team.

Now this bleak chapter in Mets history is finally coming to a close as hedge-fund billionaire Steve Cohen will become the new majority owner of the New York Mets. …


As the bidding war for the team from Queens heats up, let’s rank the rumored bidders

Potential Mets bidder and former All-Star Major League Baseball player Alex Rodriguez.
Potential Mets bidder and former All-Star Major League Baseball player Alex Rodriguez.
Potential Mets bidder Alex Rodriguez: Arturo Padilla III

With the unseasonably-dubbed Spring Training 2.0 about to start, the New York Mets will return to Citi Field in preparation for the upcoming 60 game season as the Wilpons inch closer to the exit.

According to the New York Post, the Wilpons are working on a timeline in which they plan to engage in a first-round of bidding from potential suitors in July — less than a week away! — and lock in a buyer by October 1st. This timeline is key for the Wilpons who look to save some $44 million in debt payments owed on Citi Field once the calendar turns to 2021, and key for fans who hope to see current ownership escape before major off-season moves are made. …


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Album cover for The Strokes album “The New Abnormal.” Property of RCA

The Strokes released their first album in seven years Thursday titled “The New Abnormal”, and the Rick Rubin produced record’s final song is called “Ode to the Mets,” written by frontman and Mets fan Julian Casablancas.

In a video posted on The Strokes YouTube Channel, Casablancas explains that he had written the song while waiting for his train following the heartbreaking 2016 Wild Card game loss to the San Francisco Giants.

While he expected the name to eventually change, the band opted to keep Mets in the title. Drummer Fabrizio Moretti defended keeping the name saying the song is about “something that you set your heart to and that you love unconditionally, but that continues to disappoint you.” …


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The Mets have found a new manager for the second time this off-season.

General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen has told reporters Wednesday that the Mets are finalizing a multi-year contract with Luis Rojas.

Rojas, 38, has been the quality control coach on the Mets coaching staff since 2018 where he worked to convey and communicate analytics between the front office, players and coaches.

Prior to his promotion to the Major League level, Rojas managed in the organization since 2012 where he managed many current Mets including Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith. As the 23rd manager in team history, Rojas will be the first Mets manager to climb the ranks of the organization to earn the big-league manager job since Bobby Valentine was promoted from Triple-A manager in 1996. …


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Mickey Callaway (Photo: D. Benjamin Miller)

Following an 86-76 season filled with some of the highest highs and lowest lows for Mets fans in recent years and punctuated by missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season, the Mets have fired manager Mickey Callaway.

Callaway, who had one year remaining on his contract, managed the Mets to a 163–161 record in two seasons as skipper which included a dreadful 15–39 record in June.

In a post-game press conference following game 161, Callaway highlighted three areas that the Mets need to “figure out,” all of which have remained questions in his short stint on the Mets bench.


Brodie Van Wagenen’s first trade deadline has left the Mets in contention limbo — just as they were a week ago and just as they were when he was hired last winter.

After acquiring one of the best starting pitchers available in Marcus Stroman, a move that blindsided fans and industry alike, Van Wagenen held on to everyone except Jason Vargas. Impending free agents Zack Wheeler and Todd Frazier will play out their expiring contracts in Mets uniforms, while a resurgent Noah Syndergaard and a floundering Edwin Diaz will call Flushing home until the trade winds start howling again this winter. …

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