NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Tries to Stop the Sale of the New York Metsby Ben Fadden October 29, 2020 1 comment
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is reportedly trying to stop Steve Cohen from buying the New York Mets even though there’s no reason why he should be. Mets fans haven’t been able to enjoy a World Series victory since 1986, but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel due to the pending approval of Cohen’s ownership bid to buy the team from the Wilpon and Katz families. But de Blasio is trying to ruin it all.
The New York Post reported on Wednesday that the current mayor of New York City has “privately told Major League Baseball that he will do everything he can to stop Steve Cohen from buying the Mets.”But the problem is that there’s no reason to keep Cohen from buying the team.
“Multiple law firms” have investigated Cohen’s hedge fund for the charges he faced due to insider trading in 2013 but nothing came of it. There’s nothing wrong with Cohen purchasing the team but de Blasio was in favor of the J-Lo/A-Rod ownership group that lost to Cohen, who refuses to admit their defeat. That could be a factor but that’s the only imaginable reason for de Blasio to delay the process.
The Major League Baseball owners are voting on Friday whether to approve Cohen or not and it’s been reported by multiple sources that he will get the 23 of the 30 votes (including the Wilpons) that is needed. There are no negatives for Cohen buying the team. He is worth $14.6 billion, which is nearly $10 billion richer than the second richest owner–Washington Nationals’ Ted Lerner.
Cohen, therefore, has the money that other owners don’t have to spend in free agency on the big-time names starting this winter including Trevor Bauer, J.T. Realmuto, and George Springer. If Cohen becomes the owner of the Mets, Citi Field would be the place to be every summer. A World Series caliber franchise would be built very quickly, perhaps even by 2021 depending on how successful he is in free agency.
Having a World Series caliber team not named the New York Yankees would only make the city more money, which would be beneficial for de Blasio and all of the businesses around Citi Field.
The reasoning doesn’t make sense for de Blasio to prevent Cohen from being the owner of his favorite team and all he is doing is making every Mets fan hate him. The Yankees fans already don’t like de Blasio because he’s a Red Sox fan so now the whole city hates him. There’s already clown shirts being made of him.
Good luck de Blasio, it isn’t going to work.
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