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Mets: Five of the worst memories during the Wilpon era

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon (L) and majority owner Fred Wilpon during batting practice before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on Friday, June 28, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. The Braves defeated the Mets 6-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon (L) and majority owner Fred Wilpon during batting practice before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on Friday, June 28, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. The Braves defeated the Mets 6-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 24: New York Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer Fred Wilpon listen in as Luis Rojas is introduced as the team’s new manager at Citi Field on January 24, 2020 in New York City. Rojas had been the Mets quality control coach and was tapped as a replacement after the newly hired Carlos Beltrán was implicated for his role as a player in 2017 in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

When one door closes another door opens. The Steve Cohen era is upon us ending the long tenure of the Wilpon Family and we all know they left us New York Mets fans with many bad memories to one day forget.

In 2002 Fred Wilpon became full owner of the New York Mets where he and his son Jeff were criticized for years. This was mainly because the Mets were not relevant for most of their tenure here but that fell heavily on the Wilpons.

We can go on for a while with Mets memories that will hurt forever and here are just a few honorable mentions to start things off. One would be the back-to-back collapses in 2007 and 2008 where the Mets were in position for postseason bids where they then just fell apart in final weeks back-to-back years.

Another would be the trading of prospect Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano without a physical which Zambrano was apparently pitching through elbow soreness and ended up with Tommy John surgery about a year or two later.

We also can’t forget about the firing of Willie Randolph at about three o’clock in the morning after just flying out to the west coast. Especially since it was the first night of the trip where the Mets even beat the Angels that night. We may not know whose official decision it was between the Wilpons or Omar Minaya but definitely was not a good look.

Some of these may not have been exclusively on the Wilpons but they definitely had an act in them and now let’s take a look at some moments that still have Mets fans scratching their heads.

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