Although it was expected Steve Cohen would ultimately be the buyer of the New York Mets, it was still surprising to get the press release from the team last Monday that the Wilpon family had agreed in principle to sell the team to him. The sales price was not stated in the press release but a number of analysts estimated it to be $2.4 billion, which makes it the largest sales price for a professional sports franchise.
The deal will become official when 22 of the 29 Major League Baseball teams give their blessing. It’s doubtful if things would have gotten this far if that isn’t a fait accompli.
As happy as most Mets fans were to learn of the impending change in the ownership suite, it’s safe to assume Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark is ecstatic. Having a deep-pocketed owner in Flushing will inevitably drive up offers to free agents and for players willing to sign long-term contracts with their current teams.
Normally ownership changes are voted on by team owners at their annual mid-November meeting. Given how much business in this COVID-19 era is transacted remotely, it’s likely Cohen will be confirmed well before then.
Cohen grew up a huge Mets fan in Great Neck, LI, and has been a minority owner for the past decade. He clearly knows many Mets executives but the relevant question for cleaning house will be “How well does he know management personnel from other baseball teams?” My advice to Mets fans is not to expect a radical change in 2021. Cohen may see his first year of ownership as one for evaluating team employees.
If there was one game that seemed to typify the Mets offense in this strange pandemic-shortened season, it was last Tuesday’s battle against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets lost 4-1 but what was absolutely galling was they had 11 hits that night while only generating one measly run. That box score should be posted in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not attraction.
It would make for an interesting debate to argue over whose stock has fallen faster: Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar or Mets shortstop Amed Rosario. Andujar has spent more time than he’d like at the Yankees alternate training facility, PNC Field, in Moosic, Penn., which last week served as the site of a CNN town hall with Joe Biden.
Former National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson paid tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg by posting a photo of him giving her a tour of the Cooperstown Museum on social media. Many did not know the late associate Supreme Court justice was a huge baseball fan.
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Jets radio voice Bob Wischusen got points for candor last Sunday when he admitted the Jets don’t possess a lot of talent in the final minute of their 31-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Life and style
Miller Lite helped create the lower-calorie beer market in the 1980s with its humorous “Tastes great, less filling” campaign, which featured both athletes and celebrities.
The brand is trying to gain some buzz with a new social media ad campaign aimed at the under-35 set who have cut the cable cord but have discovered to their collective chagrin that it’s hard to watch NFL games broadcast on over-the-air stations which, of course, require a digital antenna. To solve this problem, Miller Brewing is giving fans a chance to win a Miller Lite “Cantenna,” which is both a real can of beer and a functional TV antenna.
In keeping with its satirical history, Miller Lite hired a Hank Williams Jr. imitator to perform a knock-off his classic Monday Night Football theme, “Are You Ready for Some Football.” The new tune is called “Sunday’s Back (But Not for You!).”