Bud Selig was at Citi Field on Tuesday as he continued his tour of each Major League ballpark in advance of the end of his term as Commissioner.
While at Citi Field, Selig was asked a host of questions, most of which revolved around the Mets’ finances and the recent wrongful termination lawsuit that was filed against Jeff Wilpon and the team.
Regarding the Mets’ finances, specifically their payroll that currently sits at roughly $85 million dollars, Selig noted – correctly – that the Mets are following all Major League Baseball rules as it pertains to their finances and that he has no problem with how they’re operating.
Additionally, Selig said that the current situation with the Mets is dissimilar to the one that forced Frank McCourt out as owner of the Dodgers.
As far as the lawsuit that was brought against Jeff Wilpon by former Senior VP of Ticket Sales and Services Leigh Castergine, Selig would only go as far as to say that Wilpon denies the allegations. Citing the fact that the issue is one of employment litigation, Selig offered no further comment, meaning that any investigation by Major League Baseball into Wilpon’s alleged discrimination will likely not take place under Selig’s watch.
Bud Selig was supportive of Fred Wilpon throughout the entire Bernard Madoff mess and through much rougher times than the Mets are currently experiencing, making his support on Tuesday expected.
That doesn’t mean the Mets are operating in a way that a large-market team should act, nor does it mean fans should be happy with the current state of the payroll. However, as Selig noted, the Mets aren’t violating any rules.
As far as the lawsuit that was recently brought against Jeff Wilpon, Selig is following the lead of others in Major League Baseball who said when the suit was filed that it was an issue of employment litigation and wouldn’t be immediately investigated by the league.
Still, just like Mets fans are right to be angry with the relatively low payroll, people have a right to be angry that Major League Baseball is hiding behind semantics instead of investigating Jeff Wilpon for a bevy of serious allegations.