We haven’t seen much of Fred Wilpon this year and with good reason. Nobody wants to watch the stumbling, bumbling 2009 Mets. They stink. But Wilpon did make a rare appearance at Citi Field last night because the ’69 team was in the house.
Wilpon would only answer one question from the assembled media. “Will Omar Minaya be back in 2010?” His answer: “Absolutely. That’s a fact.”
I’ve heard about this topic from Mets fans since April. “Fire Minaya!”. And I’ve always said that there’s no way they’ll fire Minaya with three years remaining on his contract. It’s just not happening. He could be the worst GM in baseball (you could make that argument) and they still wouldn’t fire him and eat three years of his contract.
You might want to read Joel Sherman of the NY Post today. It’s the “Bernie Madoff Effect”. The Mets got taken for ride by their good friend Madoff and their real estate business is struggling. They just don’t have the stomach to lose more money on Minaya and replacing the entire front office. Sherman estimates that the cost would approximately $12 million. That may not seem like much by baseball standards, and it’s not for on-field talent. But teams don’t eat that kind of money for the support staff. And that’s a fact!