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2pm – John Sickles - Detroit Tigers Top 20 Prospects
4pm – John Sickles - St. Louis Cardinals Top 20 Prospects
6pm - Grant Holmes, Luke Weaver , Tyler Beede, Michael Conforto, Nick Gordon
8pm – OF - Zach Shannon - Anderson (OH) HS
There’s a much larger issue here than lack of talent, poor hitting, and the execution of the members of the bullpen.
The ownership of the New York Mets have chosen to operate this team far below the financial standards one would expect from what we call a ’large market team’. In actuality, New York City is as large as they come.
Deadspin[i] estimated the Mets 2014 payroll to be $89,051,758, or ranked 22nd in baseball. Right below them (23rd), another ‘large market team’, the Chicago Cubs, come in at $89,007,857.
Janson Media[ii] estimates that New York City is the number one media market in the United States while Chicago is third.
Figures like this don’t lie and, while both heads of the baseball operations, Sandy Alderson and Theo Epstein, are well known for rebuilding failed operations, the facts still remain that both these teams continue to operate far below the standards set by the league and its Board of Directors.
The New York Mets and their broadcast network, SNY are estimated to be worth two billion dollars, which is considerable more money than the principles of this organization owes to banks and lenders, yet the owners choose to continue to operate at below standard levels.
They chose to operate at both talent and salary levels they said they wouldn’t do when they were granted this franchise. They could have signed better players that were available in the free agent market; actually, there still are better players out there that could be signed today. Instead, they place on the field a team that simply doesn’t have the overall talent to represent the size of the market they are being granted in serving.
Adding to the problem, and strengthening the argument here as well, is the fact that the team reports an operating loss of over twenty millions dollars a year. The largest portion of this loss comes from declining ticket sales, parking, and the sale of food products as well as league endorsed team paraphernalia. The fan base has simply eroded due to the inferior product that is being turned out year after year.
This is no longer a team problem. This is a matter for Bud Selig, the Commissioner of Baseball, to deal with before he retires at the end of the 2014 season. Selig needs to direct the owners of the Mets (and, I assume, the Cubs as well) that they need to come up with a new operating plan, beginning in 2015 in which the overall salary levels for their team better represents the market they are representing.
Try to imagine what this team would look like if they spent an additional $50mil in 2014 salaries. They still would have only come in as the 8th overall salary for this year.
There is no defense for this lack operational ineptitude. Commissioner Selig has the power to make this happen and, if the Mets refuses to do as requested, they will then be asked to liquidate their investment for the best of both baseball and the City of New York.
Kevin Kernan of the New York Post has been writing a series of columns on the first base situation or the New York Mets. It is no big secret that, though Ike Davis wins the popularity contest in the clubhouse, it is the desire of the management and ownership to trade him post haste. The only thing that seems to be preventing this is Sandy Alderson’s stubbornness regarding the quality of the player that some other club would offer for Davis. I don’t understand why Alderson is hun g up on this. It’s not like the Mets are playing and showcasing him. Davis had four hits in his last six at-bats, including the pinch hit (not starting) grand slam run that won the game Saturday and two hits on Sunday. This has earned him sitting on the bench on Tuesday. I don’t usually side with the beat press when they keep harping on a point, but, in this case, they should all get together and write ‘Duda or Davis’ stories until something gets done here. This is pathetic.
ERA - 6.75 (28th in MLB)
FIP - 3.91 (19th in MLB)
xFIP - 3.84 (14th in MLB)
According to Brand Keys, here are the most loyal and least loyal fan bases around:
29. New York Mets - I can’t say that it seems intuitive. Because I know a lot of Mets fans. And they have had very few reasons to cheer in the past few years, yet they keep coming back. Whether that’s love or that’s insanity I have no idea, but it’s certainly loyalty of a type. http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/07/the-cardinals-allegedly-have-the-most-loyal-fans-the-astros-the-least-loyal/