Coleman’s Corner: Strong Words From Wilpon

By Ed Coleman
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It was another jam-packed day of press conferences at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie on Thursday. While son Jeff led things off on Wednesday, it was another Wilpon – father Fred – who did the honors Thursday. And the elder Wilpon did not mince words, loudly and emphatically declaring that the family did not know anything about Bernard Madoff’s scheme, absolutely did no wrong, and vowed that they would be vindicated when all was said and done.

Wilpon said what has hurt the most during this difficult time is the attacks on his character and integrity.

And if there was any doubt that the Wilpon family intended to retain control of the Mets franchise, Fred erased it.

This all took place while pitchers and catchers filed out for their first official workout of the spring. Johan Santana – who would later hold his own press conference – came out with his teammates – in uniform – and joined them for stretching and drills. It was the idea of manager Terry Collins, done after Santana had expressed to Collins that he did not want to be a distraction during his rehabilitation process. This was Collins’ response.

There’s no questioning how good a teammate Santana is, how hard he works and the example that he sets, and how tough a competitor he is between the lines. He addressed how he’ll go about that while recuperating.

GM Sandy Alderson detailed the 3-step process that Santana is in the midst of which should deliver him back on a big-league mound somewhere in the vicinity of late June to mid-July, or possibly a little later.

Friday should slow down a little bit before some more of the position players arrive on Saturday. The first official full-squad workout is Monday.

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What did you think of Fred’s declaration? Let us know below!

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  1. Stan says:

    HEY FRED, PUT YOURSELF ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN. IF YOU LOST MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INVESTED IN A SCAM, WOULD YOU TAKE IT SITTING DOWN. I’M SURE YOU WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE AT THE DOOR YELLING AND SCREAMING TO GET YOUR MONEY BACK. GET OVER IT, YOU MADE A HORRIBLE INVESTMENT. NOT LIVE WITH THE OUTCOME. PLAYING IN THE STICK MARKET IS CALL GAMBLING… SOMETIMES YOU WIN AND SOMETIMES YOU LOSE!!!!!

    1. Stan says:

      JUST REMEMBER IF YOU LOSE MONEY IN THE MARKET YOU GET TO CLAIM THE LOSS ON YOUR TAXES. IF YOU CLAIMED IT AS A GAIN DURING ALL THOSE YEARS NOW YOU CAN REFILE WITH THE IRS AND NOW CLAIM IT AS A LOSS. I’M SURE THE IRS WILL ADJUST THE TAXES THAT YOU ORIGINALLY PAID AS A GAIN

  2. Anthony says:

    There’s more to the Wilpons finances then they are telling. The fact that they haven’t released Oliver Perez and Castillo is ridiculous. It’s clear to me that they are not too concerned with what the fans want. I love the Mets, and always will but these next few years are going to be rough!

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  3. Christopher says:

    It’s irrelevant whether the Wilpons were duped or not, and that is the point they are missing. Whether they knew of the Ponzi scheme, whether they knew M adoff was a fraud, or whether they were completely in the dark, the fact of the matter is this: any “profit” that was achieved through any “investment” in the Madoff Ponzi scheme was false. The Wilpons clearly received monies that one would call a “profit”, and they MUST return it. Obviously, whatever “profit” they received has either been spent or re-invested somewhere, but that again is irrelevant. They owe whatever “profits” they received, and THAT is what may force them to sell the Mets. Fred seems to think that whatever “profit” he received is his now his because he didn’t know about the scheme, but that is fundamentally flawed, and he is going to find out the hard way how wrong he is. He needs to stop saying that he didn’t know, and start paying the “profit” he made back.

  4. Mike says:

    I think it’s the same old Wilpons!!…As a Mets fan you never hear the owner(wilpon and family) speak about about the fans and any status of the team.
    We only hear from him when there is a negative issue(S) where they want to make the problem go away…aka spending money on the team, bad contracts, even player injuries… you have to squeeze information out of him to hear how bad they handled things.
    I jst want to hear from the owner of the team talk about team.

    As for the Madoff issue: We hear how he has all his other businesses doing well. Does Fred Wilpon have GM’s of his other businesses speaking on his behalf and making all decisions?…I bet not…Just the baseball team.
    Wilpon as the owner, the organization will never be a tight run ship as long as he is the owner. Sandy Alderson is the restricted owner of this baseball team.

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