NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred may be the king of the ball at this week’s All-Star festivities in Cincinnati, but he’s not nearly as popular in Flushing.
Mets fans went online to vent their frustrations while baseball’s new boss was fielding questions on Twitter for a town hall meeting ahead of Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic. The anger was focused on ownership — Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz — for failing to spend like a big-market team following their entanglement in the Bernie Madoff mess.
“Exiling the Wilpons would placate 1000s, possibly millions, of fans that’s cherish your sport,” one fan wrote on Monday. “Why don’t you? #AskManfred”
The commissioner, like his predecessor Bud Selig, has been firmly in the Wilpons’ corner. In March, Manfred told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts he was aware of the angry “undercurrent” regarding ownership, though he believed much of it to be unfair. He also said Fred Wilpon “was a victim” of Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
The Mets are 47-42 and two games behind NL East-leading Washington.