The Mets’ Wilpon: The kind of owner Atlanta needs – NOT!

Carlos Beltran after one of his many 2004 playoff homers against the Braves. (AP photo)

Carlos Beltran after one of his many 2004 playoff homers against the Braves. (AP photo)

Seeing as how we’ve spent the past week discussing team ownership in one form or another (or yet another), it seems a propitious time to note that, as bad as we in Atlanta may think we have, we don’t have Fred Wilpon.

Fred Wilpon owns the Mets. In this week’s edition of The New Yorker, Wilpon trashes his team in a way that almost — almost, I said — makes you feel sorry for that unlovable club.

The Wilpon profile is written by Jeffrey Toobin,who identifies himself as a Mets’ fan, for which he almost — almost, I said — merits our sympathy. Toobin covers much ground in his profile of Wilpon, offering quotes from Bernie Madoff via prison e-mail and even a couple from Sandy Koufax, who played high school ball with Wilpon and who’s famous for not giving interviews. (FYI, Koufax invested with Madoff.)  But the Wilpon rips of his Mets are the keepers, and I present them as a public service.

On Jose Reyes, the overrated shortstop: “He thinks he’s going to get Carl Crawford money [in free agency]. He’s had everything wrong with him. He won’t get it.”

On David Wright, the overrated third baseman: “A really good kid. A good player. Not a superstar.”

On Carlos Beltran, the overrated outfielder: “We had some [fool, meaning Wilpon himself] in New York who paid him based on that one series [referring to Beltran's epic postseason of 2004]. He’s 65 to 70 per cent of what he was.”

On young first baseman Ike Davis and the Mets in general: “Good hitter. [Crummy] team — good hitter.”

The New York tabloids are already making hay over Wilpon’s remarks, which hit print — nice timing! — the morning after the Mets closed a losing Subway Series against the Yankees. So now I’m thinking: No matter what happens with the Thrashers, our own Atlanta Spirit isn’t apt to edge Wilpon for Dumbest Ownership Move of the Week. Hooray for us!

By Mark Bradley

59 comments Add your comment

Andy

May 24th, 2011
8:50 am

Andy

May 24th, 2011
8:50 am

I was hoping you’d take this opportunity to start a ridiculous rumor that Wilpon was interested in the Thrashers.

Herschel Talker

May 24th, 2011
8:51 am

MB:

This is ridiculous. Can you please continue slamming our hometown team who is clearly not playing up to snuff rather than wasting time on the idiot owner of the atrocious Mets? The Braves hitting is simply shameful.

HT

Mark Bradley

May 24th, 2011
8:54 am

Sports Genius

May 24th, 2011
8:58 am

Wilpon should stick to doing that talk show with Kornheiser. He’s pretty good at that.

dtanner

May 24th, 2011
8:58 am

damn,close as i’ve ever got to being first,keep trying i guess!

Sports Genius

May 24th, 2011
9:00 am

Did he offer any opinions about Dan Uggla?

K-Baby

May 24th, 2011
9:01 am

Way to go Wilpon. Trash your own players in public to diminish any potential trade value to improve your team. No wonder you got sucked into the Madoff Ponzi scheme! Stupid is as stupid does.

juvenal

May 24th, 2011
9:06 am

lee

May 24th, 2011
9:10 am

hey mark, thought i’d bring up one of your more typical jounrnalistic efforts. remember the snarky little column you penned about how the braves fleeced the marlins out of dan uggla for omar infante and mike dunn? you couldnt stop crowing about that one, eh? (winnepeg referance) well, dunn is 4-2 while infante is hitting 50 points higher than uggla. that’s not even factoring how many runs infante has saved the marlins with his defense while uggla cant get out of his own way at 2nd base. yah, great trade.

jb

May 24th, 2011
9:16 am

A Not Joke, how clever

Bil

May 24th, 2011
9:20 am

At least you removed Schafer’s picture.

Mark Bradley

May 24th, 2011
9:21 am

Don’t think that was my writing regarding the Uggla trade, lee.

Mitch

May 24th, 2011
9:21 am

Dan Uggla is lucky he plays here and not a northern city cause the way he is playing, he could be getting creamed. but the wimp ajc writers ignore it as does the media here. Light a fire under his butt media.

PMC

May 24th, 2011
9:22 am

The Braves will take David Wright off thier hands and not look back.

Why Chipper Why!

May 24th, 2011
9:23 am

I’m pretty sure having an owner that cares, one way or another, is better than Liberty Media.

Sometimes I want to take the time to investigate Liberty Media ownership and discover which baseball team(s) that they support.

The best thing that could happen is a real Braves fan stepping up and buying the team from Liberty.

Second would be for Chipper to admit to himself and his team that he is done as a player, give back some of that 14 million, and prepare himself for coaching.

Why Chipper Why!

May 24th, 2011
9:25 am

Lee,

And you will be on the Braves mb in 2 months talking about how Dan Uggla saved the Braves season.

PMC

May 24th, 2011
9:28 am

Actually, nothing Wilpon said was even incorrect except about Wright not being a superstar. Put him in a reasonably proportioned ball park for 81 games and he’s absolutely a superstar. He’s just been hurt.

It’s refereshing to me that an owner would actually speak his mind and we get to hear about it for once. This is a good thing. I’m not going to kill the guy for being honest. For once, he’s not insulting our intelligence like everyone else in sports.

lee

May 24th, 2011
9:32 am

mark, if that’s the case, my apologies! sometimes i get you and schultz confused. or is that another slam, oops.

ctrim

May 24th, 2011
9:43 am

Stupid comments but very accurate

Why Chipper Why!

May 24th, 2011
9:45 am

Glavine had fleeting interest in the Thrashers. Maybe he can get Smoltz and a few other millionaire ex Braves and acquire the team from Liberty.

Granted Liberty probably wouldn’t sell.

Reid Adair

May 24th, 2011
9:45 am

Funny how Fred Wilpon doesn’t seem to realize that, as the owner, he has the ultimate power to get rid of these players he doesn’t like or that he thinks are overpaid.

Ted M

May 24th, 2011
9:46 am

Wilpon said stupid things… The Spirit DO stupid things. Big diff!

Braves & Thrashers Season Ticket Holder

May 24th, 2011
9:48 am

Fred Wilpon would STILL be an upgrade over Bruce “I Don’t Deal with Smart@$$.” Levenson.

I’d rather give my overtaxed money to a sports franchise owner who verbally trashes lazy, paycheck-drawing players than the paying customers.

not the best, not the worst

May 24th, 2011
9:48 am

Yeah, as bad as Liberty Media is, I guess it could be worse. Wilpon is terrible.

Ted M

May 24th, 2011
9:49 am

Mark – Can you post tonights lineup as soon as its available? Thanks, Ted

Ted M

May 24th, 2011
9:50 am

“You are posting comments too quickly. Slow down.” that is freaking annoying as h$ll

bill

May 24th, 2011
9:58 am

do you guys think that what wilpon said was a surprise or unknown to the competition. At least he was honest and at least he doesn’t add a y to the players names like he is their friend or cares about them..Players are like milk cows when the milk stops slaughter them and get another one. Atlanta draws great when the product is worth watching. I drove 350 miles one way and Hudson had us down by 4 before my seat was warm. I was cheered by the two drunks sitting behind us and also the $5 cokes. We scored 4 runs only took 3 games.

Fire Rodney Ho

May 24th, 2011
9:59 am

Worst headline ever? It’s definitely in contention.

FIRE RODNEY HO

bill

May 24th, 2011
10:00 am

Tom Glavine will never put his money at risk for anything. He is a big headed pro sports star and that is all he is.

not the best, not the worst

May 24th, 2011
10:03 am

Isn’t Wilpon also having all kinds of financial problems and putting the Mets franchise in bad financial position?

THAT is why I say he’s worse than Liberty Media. Not b/c he ran his mouth about some of his players (which I still think is a dumb move).

And I’m no fan of the Liberty Media ownership either. Just saying that it could be worse.

Time

May 24th, 2011
10:04 am

Sad thing for the Mets are, is Wilpon is correct about all of them except Wright. Wright is a legit 30/30 threat at 3rd base. Would have alot more home runs in a better park as PMC notes. And has been a pretty steady player in terms of health until this year. When he suffered a hairline fracture in his back that he played through for nearly a month before going on the DL.

I’m glad to see these comments though in that I want them to put Wright on the market and Wilpon just lowered the value of all 3. And I’d love for the Braves to sweep in and save Wright from playing for what might be the single most pathetic team in all of professional sports.

not the best, not the worst

May 24th, 2011
10:04 am

Oh…and the ASG is about as bad as ownership gets. They are HORRIBLE.

honest question

May 24th, 2011
10:09 am

Does anyone like the Mets who has not lived on Long Island at some point in their life?

PMC

May 24th, 2011
10:25 am

Reid, not exactly. MLB contracts are guarenteed. They are STILL paying Bobby Bonilla. There are only so many absolute bums like Mike Hampton that teams can pay off.

Jackets 2011

May 24th, 2011
10:28 am

@Ted M.
Wilpon does stupid things too.
Carlos Beltran is the hispanic version of Mike Hampton.
What I really don’t get about the guys who get the big contracts and then don’t earn the money is why they can’t give a few millions away to a couple of charities or buy a facility for their sport in a poor neighborhood.
Lots of Braves fans whine about Chipper but Crawford is not earning his 22 mil and doesn’t have age as an excuse.
MLB’s reward system is a mess.
Uggla and Crawford may be weighed down by guilt at ripping off the public.
They know they aren’t worth anywhere close to that.

Jackets 2011

May 24th, 2011
10:30 am

I meant build not buy a facility.

Jackets 2011

May 24th, 2011
10:32 am

Yankees build a park to reward hitters.
Mets build a park to reward pitchers.
Do any free agents hitters want to play in San Diego’s park & give up 10 to 20 HRs even if the Padres had the money to pay them?

truth

May 24th, 2011
10:40 am

most player like Reyes only play hard in their contract year

Its amazes me that baseball guarantees contracts. Let them earn it

Jackets 2011

May 24th, 2011
10:42 am

Yea truth.
Baseball has labor disputes and the dumb owners never get what the NFL has where you can end the contract after any unproductive year by not making a payment in the off season.

jon

May 24th, 2011
10:43 am

Nothin like helping your teams trade Value! I would acquire Reyes in a New York Minute.. Gonzales isn’t that good, and Reyes makes things happen.

Jackets 2011

May 24th, 2011
10:44 am

@Jon.
Reyes will want huge money. Wilpon is probably right about that.
He spends a lot of time on the DL.

Jackets 2011

May 24th, 2011
10:48 am

How did Wilpon get wealthy?
He was dumb enough to give the huge contract to Beltran.
He was dumb enough to believe Madoff.
I”m sure Atlanta’s Jewish community is glad Madoff didn’t make the rounds here.
Hopefully they would have been smarter but the Jews I’ve known tend to believe other members of their faith would not pull a scam like that on them.

heartofdarkness

May 24th, 2011
10:52 am

At least he has Steve Cohen interested in buying his team.

Zing

May 24th, 2011
10:57 am

Mark:

What do you think Wilpon would have said about Uggla? Or Heyward for that matter?

Never mind, I don’t want to know. Let’s focus on the positive! Jurrjens sure is having a nice season!

Matt the Brave

May 24th, 2011
10:59 am

So, yeah, I’d take that no-talent hack David Wright in Atlanta for the next five years…

let the long ball do all the work

May 24th, 2011
11:25 am

Jose Reyes wouldn’t “fit in” in Atlanta. He likes to get on base, steal bases, and manufacture runs. He doesn’t like to sit back and wait on the home run.

44ty

May 24th, 2011
11:30 am

Bring Back Ted Turner! Ted come home and get these Braves some help!

James

May 24th, 2011
11:39 am

Last week I noticed that David Wright had placed his Manhattan condo in the market and moved into a rental.Guess he dosent plan to be around..Link to see condo below

(http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/cool-bachelor-pads-make-a-good-impression.html)

Marty

May 24th, 2011
11:59 am

Amazing how people can kill a person for being truthful and honest. This type of criticism should be saved for Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens.